Stripped of Self-Righteousness

“Nothing reveals the gravity of sin like the cross.  For ultimately what sent Christ there was neither the greed of Judas, nor the envy of the priests, nor the vacillating cowardice of Pilate, but our own greed, envy, cowardice and other sins, and Christ’s resolve in love and mercy to bear their judgment and so put them away.  It is impossible for us to face Christ’s cross with integrity and not to feel ashamed of ourselves.  Apathy, selfishness and complacency blossom everywhere in the world except at the cross.  There these noxious weeds shrivel and die.  They are seen for the tatty, poisonous things they are.  For if there was no way by which the righteous God could righteously forgive our unrighteousness, except that he should bear it himself in Christ, it must be serious indeed.  It is only when we see this that, stripped of our self-righteousness and self-satisfaction, we are ready to put our trust in Jesus Christ as the Savior we urgently need.”

John Stott “The Cross of Christ”

He Did Not Spare Even His Own Son!

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32

“Our text tells of the gracious character of our loving God as interpreted by the gift of His Son.  And this, not merely for the instruction of our minds, but for the comfort and assurance of our hearts.  The gift of His own Son is God’s guarantee to His people of all needed blessings.  The greater includes the less;  His unspeakable spiritual gift is the pledge of all needed temporal mercies.  Note in our text four things which should bring comfort to every renewed heart.  The Father’s costly sacrifice. Our God is a giving God and no good thing does He withhold from them that walk uprightly.  The Father’s gracious design.  It was for us that Christ was delivered up; it was our highest and eternal interests that He had at heart.  The Spirit’s infallible inference.  The greater includes the less; the unspeakable Gift guarantees the bestowment of all other needed favors.  The comforting promise. Its sure foundation, its present and future scope, its blessed extent, are for the assuring of our hearts and the peace of our minds.  May the Lord add His blessing to this little meditation.”

Arthur W. Pink quoted from “Climbing the Heights”