“And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?” —Mark 8:4
I beg you also to think for a moment of what the Lord did not say, because he was speaking about common bread; but of what we know to be true of him concerning his spiritual supplies for men. The greatest spiritual want of man is the pardon of sin by an atonement. Brothers, if the question were now standing, “Where shall we find an atonement?” it would indeed stagger us. Blessed be God, that question does not remain; for the atonement has been presented, completed, and fully accepted. Jesus has said, “It is finished,” and the real difficulty is over. The cross has rolled away the stone from the sepulcher, and hope has arisen. The application of the atonement may be difficult; but it must be a small labor compared with the making of the atonement. The well has been digged; the drawing of the water is an easier task. If Jesus died there must be life for men; if he has prayed “Father, forgive them” there must be pardon for the guilty. If Jesus has risen into glory our race cannot perish in shame. We argue from the cross a millennium of glory. This Man can satisfy the people because of the rich merit of his blood.
—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, February 7, 1886 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 32 Sermon No. 1885, “The Problem of the Age”