In a sermon entitled “The Temper of Jesus, or, Grace to the Chief of Sinners,” Benjamin Grosvenor (1676-1758) presented the risen Jesus addressing his apostles, as they were about to take the gospel out into the world. Among other things, the Lord gave them these instructions, revealing his heart for the undeserving:
“If you meet that poor wretch who thrust the spear into my side, tell him there is another way, a better way, to come at my heart, if he will repent and look upon whom he has pierced and will mourn. I will cherish him in that very heart he has wounded; he shall find the blood he shed an ample atonement for the sin of shedding it. And tell him from me, he will put me to more pain and displeasure by refusing this offer of my blood, than when he drew my blood forth.”
John Davies, editor, Sermons by Benjamin Grosvenor (Isle of Wight, 1808), page 8. Style updated.