The narrative of our Lord’s grief, if it be carefully studied, is harrowing in the extreme... Yet his harrowing of the feelings is exceedingly useful...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... The wounds of Jesus distill a balm which heals all mortals ills.
...there is a matchless stimulus about the passion of the Lord, through you have been almost crushed by the sight of your Lord’s agonies, you have risen therefrom strong, resolute, fervent, consecrated. Nothing stirs our heart’s depths like his heart’s anguish. Nothing is too hard for us to attempt or to endure for One who sacrificed himself for us. To be reviled for his dear sake who suffered such shame for us becomes no great affliction; even reproach itself when borne for him becomes greater riches than all of the treasures of Egypt. To suffer in body and in mind, even unto death, for him were rather a privilege than an exaction; such love so swells our hearts that we vehemently pant for some way to expressing our indebtedness. We are grieved to think that our best will be so little; but we are solemnly resolved to give nothing less than our best to him who loved us and gave himself for us. (Sermon No. 1,643)
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