“And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.” —Mark 14:64
The narrative of our Lord’s grief, if it be carefully studied, is harrowing in the extreme. One cannot long think of it without tears; in fact, I have personally known what it is to be compelled to leave my meditations upon it from excess of emotion. It is enough to make one’s heart break fully to realize the sufferings of such an One, so lovely in himself and so loving toward us. Yet this harrowing of the feelings is exceedingly useful the after result of it is truly admirable. After mourning for Jesus we are raised above our own mourning. There is no consolation under heaven at all like it; for the sorrows of Christ seem to take the sting out of our own sorrows, till they become harmless and endurable. A sympathetic contemplation of our Lord’s grief so dwarfs our griefs that they are reckoned to be but light afflictions, too petty, too insignificant, to be mentioned in the same day. We dare not write ourselves down in the list of the sorrowful at all when we have just seen the sharp pains of the Man of Sorrows. The wounds of Jesus distil a balm which heals all mortal ills.
—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, February 5, 1882 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 28 Sermon No. 1643, “Our Lord’s Trial Before the Sanhedrim”