Towards God and Towards Men

And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3:17

The Creator required obedience, and He beholds in Christ Jesus the servant who has never failed to do the Master’s will. Justice demanded that the law should be kept, and, lo, Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth. Seeing that we had broken the law, justice required the endurance of the righteous penalty, and Jesus has borne it to the full, for He bowed His head to death, even the death of the cross. When God made man a little lower than the angels, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and so made him immortal, He had a right to expect singular service from so favored a being-a service perfect, joyful, continuous; and our Savior has rendered unto the Father that which perfectly contents Him; for He cries, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” God is more glorified in the person of His Son than He would have been by an unfallen world. There shines out through the entire universe a display of infinite mercy, justice, and wisdom, such as neither the majesty of nature nor the excellence of providence could have revealed. His work in God’s esteem is honorable and precious; for His righteousness’ sake, God is well pleased. The Eternal mind is satisfied with the Redeemer’s person, work, and sacrifice; for “unto the Son, He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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