The death of Jesus has a mighty tongue, and the import of its prevailing cry is not vengeance, but mercy.  It is precious beyond all preciousness to stand at the altar of our good Shepherd, to see Him bleeding there as the slaughtered priest, and then to hear His death speaking peace to all His flock – peace in our consciences, peace between Jew and Gentile, peace between man and his offended Maker, peace all down the ages of eternity for [cleansed sinners].  Abel is the first shepherd in order of time, but our hearts shall ever place Jesus first in order of excellence.  Great keeper of the sheep: we, the people of Your pasture, bless You with our whole hearts when we see You slain before us. – Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), from a meditation on Genesis 4.2 (edited).

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