Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“…whose coming forth has been established from ancient times.”
The coming forth of the Lord Jesus for his people to be their representative before God’s throne was established long before he appeared upon the stage of time in Bethlehem. His coming was planned “from ancient times” when he signed the compact with his Father that he would pay blood for blood, suffering for suffering, agony for agony, and death for death, on behalf of his people; it was “from ancient times” that he gave himself up without a murmuring word for those whom the Father had given to him.
His coming forth as our guarantee of salvation was from “ancient times.” Pause, my soul, and wonder! Your Savior planned to come for you since “ancient times.” Not only when you were born into the world did Christ begin to love you, but his delights were with the sons of men before there were any sons of men. How often he must have thought of them; from everlasting to everlasting he had set his affection upon them. And, if he has been so long focused on securing your salvation, will he not accomplish it? Has he from “ancient times” been working to save me, and will he now lose me? There is no way! Has he carried me in his hand as his precious jewel for all this time, and will he now let me slip between his fingers? How impossible!
I am sure he would not have loved me so long if he had not been a changeless Lover. If he could grow weary of me, he would have done so long before now. If he had not loved me with a love as deep as hell and as strong as death, he would have turned away from me long ago. Oh, joy above all joys, to know that I am his everlasting and undeniable inheritance, given to him by his Father before the earth ever came to be! Everlasting love shall be the pillow for my head tonight. [M&E]