“The cross of Jesus displays the most awful exhibition of God’s hatred of sin and at the same time the most august manifestation of his readiness to pardon it.  Pardon, full and free, is written out in every drop of blood that is seen, is proclaimed in every groan that is heard, and shines in the very prodigy of mercy that closes the solemn scene upon the cross.  O blessed door of return, open and never shut, to the wanderer from God!  How glorious, how free, how accessible!  Here the sinful, the vile, the guilty, the unworthy, the poor, the penniless, may come.  Here too the weary spirit may bring its burden, the broken spirit its sorrow, the guilty spirit its sin, the backsliding spirit its wandering.  All are welcome here.

The death of Jesus was the opening and the emptying of the full heart of God; it was the outgushing of that ocean of infinite mercy that heaved and panted and longed for an outlet; it was God showing how he could love a poor, guilty sinner.”

Octavius Winslow, Personal Declension and Revival of Religion in the Soul (London, 1962), pages 183-184.

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2 thoughts on “All are welcome here”

  1. the Old Adam says:

    There it is.

    If we are to be with Him…we must die with Him.

    Thank you.

  2. F. T. says:

    And yet it is being with Him that gives us that ^ ability. A great mystery.
    I was unable to die with Him until I died with Him. By His power.

    Sigh.

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Ray Ortlund


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