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What Remains to Dismay Us?

November 17, 2014

There are times when the better part of wisdom is to sit back and let someone else speak. Though I have much I would like to say in summary of Sunday’s message, Charles Spurgeon has grasped the principle and thrust the point home with a stroke far more brilliant than my own feeble slashes. So, to summarize and further apply my Sunday sermon, here is Mr. Spurgeon.

But what I want you to think of is, that this wonderful Man can feed this people with bread this day—and in this wilderness. I hope to make you believe it by the power of the Spirit of God. Therefore I ask you, first, to listen to what this Man says. I read to you just now this narrative as we find it in the 15th of Matthew. Turn again to the 32nd verse—“Jesus called His disciples unto Him, and said—“Stop a moment. Prepare your ears for music”? No, He said, “I have compassion on the multitude.” Oh, the sweetness of that word! When you are troubled about the people, troubled about Ireland, troubled about London, troubled about Africa, troubled about China, troubled about India—hear the echo of this word—“I have compassion on the multitude.” If Jesus spoke thus to His people while here, He equally says it now that He is exalted on high, for He has carried His tender human heart up to Heaven with Him! And out of the excellent Glory we may hear Him still saying, in answer to His people’s prayers, “I have compassion on the multitude.” There is our hope! That heart through which the spear was thrust and out of which there came blood and water,is the Fountain of hope to our race! “I have compassion on the multitude.”

Hear Him speak, again, and I think you will grant that there is much sweetness in the utterance. At the end of the 32nd verse we read, “I will not send them away fasting.” We do not wish to judge Peter and James and John, but it seems to me that after hearing the Master say, “I will not send them away fasting,” they hardly ought to have said, “How can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?” They ought quietly to have replied, “Good Lord, You have asked us a question which You must, Yourself, answer, for You have distinctly made the promise, ‘I will not send them away fasting!

Remember that this glorious Man is now invested with Omnipotence. His own words are, “All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth. Go you, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them.” Our Jesus is Omnipotent. It is He who, by the infinite wisdom of God, made the world and without Him was not anything made that was made. Is anything hard for the Creator? Is anything impossible, or even difficult to Him who rules all things by the power of His Word? Courage, Brothers and Sisters— the grand question is answered! Since there is a full Atonement and there is an exalted Savior with all power in His hands, what remains to dismay us?

Listen once more. The Spirit of God has been given. Better than Christ’s bodily Presence among us is the Presence of the Holy Spirit. It was expedient that Jesus should go away that the Holy Spirit might abide with us as a greater blessing for the Church! Is the Holy Spirit gone? Has the Holy Spirit left the Church of God? Is the Church appalled by her difficulties though the Spirit of God is poured out upon her? What is she thinking? Has she forgotten herself? Has she become insane? Brothers and Sisters, with Jesus Himself slain as an Atonement—Jesus exalted as a Prince and a Savior at the right hand of God and with the Divine Spirit abiding with us forever—what is there impossible to the Church of God?

The Problem of the Age Preached February 7, 1886


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