A Powerful Reason for Coming to Christ -- By: Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 099:393 (Jan 1942)
Article: A Powerful Reason for Coming to Christ
Author: Charles Haddon Spurgeon

A Powerful Reason for Coming to Christ

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

[Editor’s Note: Bibliotheca Sacra was prompted to reprint this sermon from the famous preacher of Metropolitan Tabernacle for two reasons: not only because of its intrinsic value as a God-sent message, but also because a former student of Spurgeon’s College (admitted to school in 1889 by Spurgeon personally) presented Dallas Seminary with the original sermon notes for this homily preached March 21, 1880. They had been proffered Rev. Arthur G. Edgerton, Hon. C. F. in 1904 by the twin sons of C. H. Spurgeon, Pastors Charles and Thomas Spurgeon. The text of the following message is Mark 3:8, “A great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.”]

The opposition of the great ones of the earth did not, after all, hinder the cause of Christ. The Pharisees, who were the leaders of religious thought, combined with the Herodians, who were the court party, to destroy Jesus; but at the very moment when their wrath had reached its highest pitch the crown about the Saviour’s person was greater than ever. Let us not, therefore, dear friends, be at all dismayed if great men and learned men, and nominally religious men, should oppose the simple gospel of Christ. All the world is not bound up in a Pharisee’s phylactery, nor held in chains by a philosopher’s new fancy. If some will not have our Saviour, others will: God’s eternal purpose will stand, and the kingdom of His Anointed shall come. If our Lord Jesus be rejected by the great, nevertheless the common people hear Him gladly. To the poor the gospel is preached, and it is His joy and His delight that out of them He still gathers a company who, though poor in this world, are rich in faith, and give glory to God. I would have you, beloved, count upon opposition, and regard it as a token of coming blessing. Dread not the black cloud, it does but

prognosticate a shower. March may howl and bluster, and April may damp all things with its rains, but the May flowers and the autumn harvest of varied fruits will come, and come by this very means. Go on and serve your God in the serenity of holy confidence and you shall live to see that the hand of the Lord is not to be turned back, though the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together.

Those who came to Christ in such great multitudes did not all come from right motives, and I shall not assume that they did. Some came from idle curiosity, no doubt: others came to listen to what He had to say, but were not prepared to believe in Him. We know that many came to be fed with loaves and fishes, swayed by the most mercenary motives. Sti...

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