Morning & Evening Daily Devotional Reading– March 30
by Charles H. Spurgeon, Revised and Edited by William C. Neff
“[Christ was] numbered among the sinners.”
Why did Jesus allow Himself to be enrolled among sinners? This wonderful condescension was justified by many powerful reasons. First, by doing so He could better become their advocate. In some trials there is an identification of the lawyer with the client, and in the eye of the law they are viewed as one. Now, when the sinner is brought to the bar, Jesus appears there Himself. He stands to answer the accusations against us. He points to His side, His hands, His feet, and challenges Justice to bring anything against the sinners whom He represents. He pleads His blood, and pleads so triumphantly, being numbered with them and having a part with them, that the Judge proclaims, “Let them go their way; save them from going down into the pit, for He has found a ransom.”
Our Lord Jesus was also counted among the sinners so that they might feel their hearts drawn toward Him. Who can be afraid of one who is written in the same list with us? Surely we can come to Him boldly, and confess our guilt. He who is numbered with us can not condemn us. He was listed among sinners, so that we can be listed among the saints. There is a complete transfer made between Jesus and His people. All of our misery and sin Jesus has taken, and all of His righteousness and peace comes to us.
Rejoice, dear Christian, in your union to Him who was numbered among sinners. Prove that you are truly saved by being numbered with those who are new creatures in Him. [M&E]