Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon
“For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
Among other interpretations of this suggestive question, the following is full of teaching: “If I, the innocent substitute for sinners, allow thus, what will be done when the sinner himself- the dry tree- shall fall into the hands of an angry God?” When God saw Jesus in the sinner’s place, He didn’t spare Him; and when He finds the unregenerate without Christ, He will not spare them. O sinner, Jesus was led away by His enemies: so shall you be dragged away by fiends to the place appointed for you. Jesus was deserted of God; and if He, who was only imputedly a sinner, was deserted, how much more shall you be? “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” What an awful shriek! But what shall be your cry when you shall say, “My God! My God! Why have You forsaken me?”And the answer shall come back, “Since you ignored all My advice and would not accept My rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you! What whips of burning wire will be yours when conscience shall strike you with all its terrors. You richest, you merriest, you most self- righteous sinners – who would stand in your place when God shall say, “Awake, O sword, against the man that rejected Me; strike him, and let him feel the smart forever”? Jesus was spit upon: sinner, what shame will be yours! We cannot sum up in one word all the mass of sorrows which met upon the head of Jesus who died for us, therefore it is impossible for us to tell you what streams, what oceans of grief must roll over your spirit if you die as you now are. You may die so, you may die now. By the agonies of Christ, by His wounds and by His blood, do not bring upon yourselves the wrath to come! Trust in the Son of God, and you shall never die.