“Look to Calvary” by Charles H. Spurgeon

“The more vile a man is, the more eagerly I invite him to believe in Jesus. A sense of sin is all we have to look for as ministers. We preach to sinners; and let us know that a man will take the title of sinner to himself, and we then say to him, ‘Look unto Christ, and ye shall be saved.’ ‘Look,’ this is all He demands of thee, and even this He gives thee.

If thou lookest to thyself thou art damned; thou art a vile miscreant, filled with loathsomeness, corrupt and corrupting others. But look thou here—seest thou that man hanging on the cross? Dost thou behold His agonized head dropping meekly down upon His breast? Dost thou see that thorny crown, causing drops of blood to trickle down His cheeks?

Dost thou see His hands pierced and rent, and His blest feet, supporting the weight of His own frame, rent well-nigh in twain with the cruel nails? Sinner, dost thou hear Him shriek, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabbacthani?’ Dost thou hear Him cry, ‘It is finished?’ Dost thou mark His head hang down in death?

Seest thou that side pierced with the spear, and the body taken from the cross? O, come thou hither! Those hands were nailed for thee; those feet gushed gore for thee; that side was opened wide for thee; and if thou wantest to know how thou canst find mercy, there it is. ‘Look!’ ‘Look unto me!’

Look no longer to Moses. Look no longer to Sinai. Come thou here and look to Calvary, to Calvary’s victim, and to Joseph’s grave. And look thou yonder, to the man who near the throne sites with His Father, crowned with light and immortality. ‘Look, sinner,’ He says, this morning, to you, ‘Look unto me, and be ye saved.'”

–Charles H. Spurgeon, “Sovereignty and Salvation” in Spurgeon’s Sermons, Vol. 1 (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996), 15-6.

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