09 June 2011

Thursday's Spurgeon - Jesus Our Lord

The following is excerpted from a sermon entitled Jesus Our Lord, preached November 23, 1902.

We call him Lord with all the greater willingness and delight because he loved us, and gave himself for us. You remember the argument of the apostle Paul, in writing to the Corinthians, "Ye are not your own, for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." He who bought us with such a price claims us as his own; and none of us, I trust will dispute his claim. We rightly sing,—
"To him that loved the souls of men,
And washed us in his blood,
To royal honors raised our head,
And made us priests to God;"To him let every tongue be praise,
And every heart be love!
All grateful honors paid on earth,
And nobler songs above!"
We own him Lord because he has made us to be new creatures in him, and because, as our Shepherd, he has not only led us, and fed us, but because he has laid down his life for us who are the sheep of his flock. Now that he has done this for us, he must be our Lord, and he shall be our Lord. Every drop of his blood shall be a jewel in the crown, which he shall wear as he exercises his rightful sovereignty over us. Every scar in his blessed body shall be to us a token of his true royalty; and all that he has endured and suffered—even the wormwood and the gall—all this shall be but another token of the gracious Sovereignty to which we most cheerfully submit ourselves. Brethren and sisters in Christ, do you not feel that, because he died for us, we do all the more, and certainly none the less, call him "Jesus our Lord"?

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