“Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.” —John 13:8
Our great object is to have a part in Jesus Christ. I am addressing myself, for the most part, to those who regularly hear the word, and who have a respect for the name of Jesus, and a longing to be saved with his salvation. I hope there is not one among us who would consider it a barren honour to have part with Christ, nor one who would think it to be a small calamity to be deprived of his part with Jesus the Son of God. Brethren, you and I desire to have part in the merit of his righteousness. We have no righteousness of our own, but we desire that he should be the Lord our Righteousness, that in his righteousness arrayed we should not be found naked in the day of the great wedding feast, but with the wedding garment on may sit down to the marriage supper. We desire to have a part in his death. Jesus died that he might make atonement for guilt, and we desire a part in his atoning sacrifice. We are guilty; our heart yearns to be washed in the blood, to be cleansed by that expiation, and to stand before the Lord accepted in the Beloved. We hope that the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world will give us a part in his sin-removing power. We believe in his resurrection, and our prayer is that we may have part in it, so that because he rose we also may rise, and may for ever, both in body and in soul, enjoy eternal blessedness. Our faith has seen the crucified One ascending to the skies, and we desire a part in his ascension, to share in the blessings which he received for rebellions men when he led captivity captive; yea, and ere long to tread that selfsame starry way, and enter into the rest where he is, and behold the glory which God hath given to him. We aspire to share in his intercession. Before the Father’s throne he presents his ever accepted supplication, and we trust that he pleads for us that blessings numberless may descend upon us unworthy ones. We were wretched indeed, if we had not a persuasion that we share a part in the pleadings of our great High Priest. We trust our name is engraven on one of the precious stones of his breastplate, and is so borne before God…. We would not shun his cross, for we desire his crown. We would not desert him in his humiliation, for we hope to attend him in his triumph. We would cheerfully go forth without the camp, and bear the reproach for his sake, for we hope to stand amongst the camp of the faithful ones when the crowns of immortality shall be distributed. Our soul’s deepest desire is that we may have a part with Christ.
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, April 17, 1870
at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 16, Sermon No. 926
“The Sine Qua Non”