Morning & Evening Daily Devotional Reading– April 10
by Charles H. Spurgeon, Revised and Edited by William C. Neff
“Jesus was taken to be crucified to the place which is called Calvary (or, in Aramaic, ‘Golgotha’).”
The hill of comfort is the hill of Calvary. The house of consolation is built with the wood of the cross. The temple of heavenly blessing is founded upon the broken rock broken by the spear that pierced His side. No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul like Calvary’s tragedy. Light springs from the midday-midnight of Golgotha, and every herb of the field blooms sweetly beneath the shadow of the once cursed tree. In that place of thirst grace has dug a fountain that always gushes with waters pure as crystal, each drop capable of alleviating the troubles of mankind.
If you have had times of conflict in your life, then you know how much comfort can come to you from places like Gethsemane, Gabbatha, and Golgotha. The bitter herbs of Gethsemane have often taken away the bitter elements of your life. The scourge of Gabbatha has often scourged away your cares, and the groans of Calvary yield us comfort rare and rich. We never should have known Christ’s love in all its heights and depths if He had not died, nor could we guess the Father’s deep affection if He had not given His Son to die.
The common mercies we enjoy day to day all sing of love, just like a seashell put to our ears whispers of the deep sea from which it came; but, if we desire to hear the ocean itself, we must look at the crucifixion itself. If you wish to know love, then take the time to reflect on Calvary and see the Man of sorrows die. [M&E]