From Spurgeon's sermon, "THE BEST BELOVED"
No words can ever express the gratitude we owe to Him who
loved us even when we were dead in trespasses and sins.
The love of Jesus is unutterably precious,
and worthy of daily praise.
No songs can ever fitly celebrate the triumphs of that
salvation which he wrought single-handed on our behalf.
The work of Jesus is glorious beyond all comparison, and
all the harps of angels fall short of its worthy honor.
We prize his bounty to us, but we worship HIM.
His gifts are valued, but he himself is adored.
While we contemplate, with mingled feelings of awe,
admiration, and thankfulness, his atonement, his resurrection,
his glory in heaven, and his second coming, still it is Christ
himself, stupendous in his dignity as the Son of God,
and superbly beautiful as the Son of man, who sheds an
incomparable charm on all those wonderful achievements,
wherein his might and his merit, his goodness and his
grace appear so conspicuous.
For HIM let our choicest spices be reserved,
and to HIM let our sweetest anthems be raised.
Our choicest ointment must be poured upon his head, and for his
own self alone our most costly alabaster boxes must be broken.
"He is altogether lovely."
Not only is his teaching attractive, his doctrine persuasive,
his life irreproachable, his character enchanting, and his work
a self-denying labor for the common good of all his people,
but he himself is altogether lovely.
Do not look for anything lovely outside of Jesus,
for he has all the loveliness.
All perfections are in him making up one consummate
perfection; and all the loveliness which is to be seen
elsewhere is but a reflection of his own unrivalled charms.
Jesus is the monopolizer of all loveliness.
He is the engrosser of all that is admirable in the entire universe.