Call to Worship June 9 2019

The Lord’s Supper by Thomas Watson

“(4) That Christ should die for such as we are. What are we? Not only vanity—but enmity! When we were rebelling—He was dying! When we had weapons in our hands—then He had the spear in His side! ‘But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ Romans 5:8.

(5) That Christ died for us when He could not expect to be at all bettered by us. We were reduced to poverty. We were in such a condition that we could neither merit Christ’s love—nor requite it. For Christ to die for us when we were at such a low ebb, was the very quintessence of love. One man will extend kindness to another as long as he is able to requite him. But if he is fallen to decay, then love begins to slacken and cool. But when we were engulfed in misery and fallen to decay, when we had lost our beauty, stained our blood, and spent our portion—then Christ died for us. O amazing love, which may swallow up all our thoughts!

(6) That Christ should not repent of His sufferings. ’He shall see the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied,’ Isaiah 53:11. It is a metaphor which alludes to a mother who, though she has suffered greatly, does not repent of it when she sees a child brought forth. So, though Christ had hard travail upon the cross, yet He does not repent of it—but thinks all His sufferings well-bestowed. ’He shall be satisfied.’ The Hebrew word signifies such a satiating, as a man has at some sweet banquet.

(7) That Christ should die for us—rather than for the fallen angels. They were creatures of a more noble extraction and, in all probability, might have brought greater revenues of glory to God, Yet, that Christ should pass by those golden vessels and make us ‘clods of earth’ into ‘stars of glory’—O the hyperbole of Christ’s love!

(8) Yet another step of Christ’s love, for like the waters of the sanctuary—it rises higher: that Christ’s love should not cease at the hour of death! We write in our letters, ‘your friend until death.’ But Christ wrote in another style, ‘your Friend after death!’ Christ died once—but loves forever. He never withdraws His affection to us. He is making the mansions ready for us, John 14:2. He is interceding for us, Hebrews 7:25. He has finished dying—yet He has not finished loving. What a stupendous love is this! Who can meditate upon His love—and not be in ecstasy? ‘May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it!’ Ephesians 3:19. When you see Christ broken in the Lord’s Supper, think of this love.”

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