“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” —Matthew 20:28
I. First, then, we shall see that the redemption of Christ was no little thing, if we do but measure it, first, by our OWN SINS. My brethren, for a moment look at the hole of the pit whence ye were digged, and the quarry whence ye were hewn. Ye, who have been washed, and cleansed and sanctified, pause for a moment, and look back at the former state of your ignorance; the sins in which you indulged, the crimes into which you were hurried, the continual rebellion against God in which it was your habit to live. One sin can ruin a soul for ever; it is not in the power of the human mind to grasp the infinity of evil that slumbereth in the bowels of one solitary sin….
Oh! who shall measure the heights of the Saviour’s all-sufficiency ? First, tell how high is sin, and, then, remember that as Noah’s flood prevailed over the tops of earth’s mountains, so the flood of Christ’s redemption prevails over the tops of the mountains of our sins. In heaven’s courts there are to-day men that once were murderers, and thieves, and drunkards, and whoremongers, and blasphemers, and persecutors; but they have been washed— they have been sanctified. Ask them whence the brightness of their robes hath come, and where their purity hath been achieved, and they, with united breath, tell you that they have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. O ye troubled consciences! O ye weary and heavy-laden ones! O ye that are groaning on account of sin! The great redemption now proclaimed to you is all-sufficient for your wants and though your numerous sins exceed the stars that deck the sky, here is an atonement made for them all— a river which can overflow the whole of them, and carry them away from you for ever.
—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, February 28, 1858 at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens
New Park Street Pulpit, Vol. 4 Sermon No. 181, “Particular Redemption”