Blessed in Christ

His name shall endure forever: His name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in Him…- Psalm 72:17

We believe and faith grasps the first blessing-that we have received a great blessing in Christ by the removal of a curse which otherwise must have rested upon us. That curse did overshadow us once, for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the Book of the Law to do them.” We could not keep the law: we did not keep it: we gave up all hope of keeping it. Therefore, the dark thunder-cloud of that tremendous sentence hung over us, and we heard the voice of justice speaking out of it, like a volley of the dread artillery of God in the day of tempest. The thunder of the curse rolled heavily over our heads and hearts. How some of us cowered down and trembled! We can never forget the horror of our soul under the near apprehension of divine wrath. To be cursed of God meant all woes in one. Some of us were brought very low indeed by the frown of a guilty conscience…But now that curse is taken from us, and we do not dread its return, for He was made a curse for us, of whose name we are speaking now-even He “who knew no sin, but was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” No curse now remaineth: only blessing abideth. Hallelujah! If our Lord had done nothing else for us but the rolling away of the curse, He would have blessed us infinitely, and we would have blessed Him forever. If He had accomplished nothing but the bearing away of our sin into the wilderness-as the scapegoat of old bore away the iniquity of Israel-He would have done enough to set our tongues forever praising Him. He has lifted from the world the weight of the eternal curse; therefore, let all the bells of our cities ring out His honor, and all the voices of the villages sing forth His praise. O ye stars of light, shine to His glory; for He is blessed beyond all earthly measure! Let our grateful hearts in silence mean and muse His praise. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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