It is not enough. . .to admire the spectacle of the innocent [dying] for the guilty.  We must make sure of our interest therein.  The special object of the Messiah’s death was the salvation of His church.  Have we a part and a lot among those for whom He gave His life [as] a ransom?  Did the Lord Jesus stand as our representative?  Are we healed by His stripes?  It will be a terrible thing, indeed, if we should come short of a portion in His sacrifice – it were better for us that we had never been born. . .To all who believe on Him, the Lord Jesus is a present Savior, and upon them all the blood of reconciliation has been sprinkled.  Let all who trust in the merit of Messiah’s death be joyful at every remembrance of Him, and let their holy gratitude lead them to the fullest consecration to His cause. – Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), from a meditation on Daniel 9.26.

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