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The precious Sufferer on that middle cross

The precious Sufferer on that middle cross

(Gleanings from the Inner Life of Ruth Bryan)

I have been looking much at the last hours of my
precious Lord, this morning. I have been somewhat
beholding the precious Sufferer on that middle
cross
.

Both the thieves railed on Him. But one of these thieves,
by the power Spirit, was brought to confess his own
sinfulness, and by the same Spirit to call Jesus "Lord."
Then how sweet was the answer of peace, "Today thou
shalt be with Me in paradise." Thus did redeeming love
break forth in a refreshing stream from that suffering
heart and those parched lips
to give drink to that other
sufferer, who was, indeed, "ready to perish."

After this, came the cry of agony, "My God, my
God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" Oh! that was
the climax of woe!


And then those mysterious words, "I thirst!" Mere bodily
suffering was not all which was couched in these words.
But that righteous One was dwelling with the devouring
fire, and enduring what would have been "everlasting
burnings" to us.  The wrath of the Lawgiver was going
forth upon the sin which was found upon Him. He thirsted,
as in hell
that He might "lead us to fountains of living
waters" in heaven!

And those tender looks and words to His mother and His
beloved John do indeed manifest a heart without an atom
of that selfishness which we inherit by the fall.

Then came the end, when, after receiving the vinegar, Jesus
said, "It is finished!" Then bowing His head, He gave up His
spirit. What amazing weight and fullness is in those three
words, "It is finished!" Finished for me, the vilest of the vile,
whom Thou hast privileged to stand, with dear Mary Magdalene,
at the foot of Thy cross, and listen to Thy dear lips, which,
even there, drop as the honeycomb. If these 'sips in grace'
are so sweet
what will those 'draughts in glory' be?

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