Morning & Evening Devotional Reading– June 10– Evening
by Charles H. Spurgeon, Revised and Edited by William C. Neff
“[The Scriptures] testify of me.”
Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end, of the Bible. He is the constant theme of its sacred pages; from first to last they testify of him.
At the creation we see him as one of the sacred Trinity. We catch a glimpse of him in the promise made to Eve about her “seed”—that is, her descendent who will save mankind. We see him typified in the ark of Noah. We walk with Abraham as he gazes into the night sky, and as he yearns for the Messiah’s day. In the law we find the Redeemer foreshadowed everywhere. Prophets and kings, priests and preachers, all stand like the angels over the ark of the Covenant, desiring to look within and behold the mystery of God’s great satisfying atonement.
In the New Testament we find our Lord the one pervading subject. It is not a speck of dust here and there, but rather, the solid floor of gold upon which we stand. The whole substance of the New Testament is Jesus crucified. Even to its closing sentence the Redeemer’s name appears like a jewel to behold.
We should always read Scripture in this light. We should consider the word to be a mirror into which Christ looks down from heaven; and then we, looking into it, see his face reflected. Yes, it may appear to us a dim reflection, yet still in such a way as to prepare us to see him face to face, as we will one day.
The Bible contains Jesus Christ’s letters to us, perfumed by his love. These pages are the garments of our King, and they all smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia. Scripture is the royal chariot in which Jesus rides, and it is adorned with love for the daughters of Jerusalem. The Scriptures are the swaddling clothes of the holy child Jesus; unroll them and you find your Savior. The quintessence of the word of God is Christ. [M&E]