Fellow Traveller

John Rusk,

Jesus Christ felt the weight of our sins, as already observed, “He bore our sins from the cradle to the Cross.” And God’s family shall feel the weight (in a measure) of their own sins, that they may faintly enter into the sufferings of the Lord Jesus; for how is it possible that we can tell, in the least, what He felt of sin, if we never feel, in any measure, the weight of our own; hence Paul declares, “that every man shall bear his own burden,” and sin is a sore burden, wherever it is felt. It was this that made David cry out, “I have no soundness in my flesh because of Thine anger, nor rest in my bones because of my sins; they are gone over my head, a sore burden, too heavy for me.” Now if they are so keenly felt by God’s elect, that have a body of sin and death in them, how infinitely more must sin be felt by he Lord Jesus who was holy, harmless, and undefiled, separate from sinners, and yet had the sins of the whole elect world (millions of souls) placed to His account, and He had them all His days, from His circumcision to the Cross; hence the Prophet Isaiah, declares, that “God laid upon Him (or caused to meet upon Him) the iniquities of us all.

All the sins of every vessel of mercy before Jesus came in the flesh, and all the sins of every chosen vessel after He came down to the end of time, were caused to meet upon Him. Ah! Fellow traveller, sin is no trifling thing, to occasion the Son of God to wade through such scenes of sufferings for the worst or enemies; “for while we were yet enemies, Christ died for us.” Here was love without a parallel, voluntary, free, sovereign; for He might have left all the human race to perish in their corruption; but as His delights, before time, was with the sons of men, so He manifested that love in not standing at any cost to redeem their soul from Satan, sin, and death. Yes, my dear friends, He rejoiced to undertake the work; hence He says, “I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I straitened till it be accomplished“; and the thought of having us all with Himself forevermore, rejoiced His heart; hence Paul says, “who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the Cross, despised the shame,” etc., and never was known to murmur nor repine once; “He is led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before his shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.” And yet had the tenderest feelings of human nature, the woman’s seed tender and delicate; He keenly felt what was coming, when He said, “how am I straitened now is My soul troubled Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me” and sweat as it were great drops of blood, falling to the ground.

Now the little of sufferings for sin which we feel, we have procured, so that we have no cause to complain; but, alas! We are continually murmuring at what little we feel; still feel it we shall all our days; for our text says, that these sufferings of Christ abound in us. And if you look back in the light of God, you will see how the discovery of sin has increased in you; and the viler you have seen and felt yourself, the more painful have your feelings been. I say this has gone on, till now you feel yourself the vilest wretch on earth; for as you grow in grace, so also in a knowledge of yourself; and so you can enter more and more into the dreadful nature of sin, and what great sufferings the Lord Jesus went through for you; is it so, or is it not? Then do not the sufferings of Christ abound in you.

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