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A Wondrous Stretch of Love

If you desire to see the love of God in this great procedure you must consider how he gave his Son. He did not give his Son, as you might do, to some profession in the pursuit of which you might still enjoy his company; but he gave his Son to exile among men. He sent him down to yonder manger, united with a perfect manhood, which at the first was in an infant’s form. There he slept, where horned oxen fed!

The Lord God sent the heir of all things to toil in a carpenter’s shop: to drive the nail, and push the plane, and use the saw. He sent him down amongst scribes and Pharisees, whose cunning eyes watched him, and whose cruel tongues scourged him with base slanders.

He sent him down to hunger, and thirst, amid poverty so dire that he had not where to lay his head. He sent him down to the scourging and the crowning with thorns, to the giving of his back to the smiters and his cheeks to those that plucked off the hair.

At length he gave him up to death—a felon’s death, the death of the crucified. Behold that cross and see the anguish of him that dies upon it, and mark how the Father has so given him, that he hides his face from him, and seems as if he would not own him!

God gave his Son to ransom the souls of the sinful. He gave him to be made a curse for us; gave him that he might die “the just for the unjust, to bring us to God.”

Remember that our Lord Jesus died what his countrymen considered to be an accursed death. To the Romans it was the death of a condemned slave, a death which had all the elements of pain, disgrace, and scorn mingled in it to the uttermost.

“But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Oh, wondrous stretch of love, that Jesus Christ should die!

~ Charles Spurgeon