“And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.” —Matthew 17:8
You see it is not by looking within, it is by looking to Jesus only that you perceive at last your name graven on his hands. I wish to have Christ’s name written on my heart, but if I want assurance, I have to look at his heart till I see my name written there. O turn your eye away from your sin and your emptiness to his righteousness and his fullness. See the sweat drops bloody as they fall in Gethsemane, see his heart pierced and pouring out blood and water for the sins of men upon Calvary! There is life in a look at him! O look to him, and though it be Jesus only, though Moses should condemn you, and Elias should alarm you, yet “Jesus only” shall be enough to comfort and enough to save you. May God grant us grace every one of us to take for our motto in life, for our hope in death, and for our joy in eternity, “Jesus only.” May God bless you for the sake of “Jesus only.” Amen.
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, April 3, 1870
at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 16, Sermon No. 924