Our continuing series through Thomas Watson‘s The Mystery of the Lord’s Supper.
(3.) See, then, what dear and entire affections we should bear to Christ, who gives us his body and blood in the eucharist. If he had had any thing to part with of more worth, he would have bestowed it upon us. O let Christ lie nearest our hearts. Let him be our tree of life, and let us desire no other fruit. Let him be our morning star, and let us rejoice in no other light. As Christ’s beauty, so his bounty should make him loved by us; he hath given us his blood, as the price; and his Spirit as the witness of our pardon. In the sacrament Christ bestows all good things: he both imputes his righteousness, and imparts his loving-kindness. He gives a foretaste of that supper which shall be celebrated in the paradise of God. To sum up all – In the blessed supper, Christ gives himself to believers; and what can he give more? Dear Saviour, how should thy name be as ointment poured forth! The Persians worship the sun for their God, let us worship the Sun of righteousness. Though Judas sold Christ for thirty pieces, let us rather part with all, than this pearl. Christ is that golden pipe, through which, the golden oil of salvation is transmitted to us.
(4.) Was Christ’s body broken? then we may behold sin odious in the red glass of Christ’s sufferings. It is true, sin is to be abominated, as it turned Adam out of paradise, and threw the angels down to hell. Sin is the peace-breaker; it is like an incendiary in the family, that sets husband and wife at variance; it makes God fall out with us. Sin is the birth-place of our sorrows, and the grave of our comforts. But that which may most of all disfigure the face of sin, and make it appear abominable, is this, “It crucified our Lord;” it made Christ vail his glory, and lose his blood. If a woman did see that sword which killed her husband, how hateful would the sight of it be to her! Do we count that sin light, which made Christ’s soul heavy unto death (Mark 14:34)? Can that be our joy, which made the Lord Jesus a man of sorrow (Isa. 53:3)? Did he cry out, “My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” And shall not those sins be forsaken by us, which made Christ himself forsaken? O let us look upon sin with indignation. When a temptation comes to sin, let us say as David, “Is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives” (2 Sam. 23:17)? So, is not this the sin that poured out Christ’s blood? Let our hearts be enraged against sin. When the senators of Rome showed the people Cesar’s bloody robe, they were incensed against those that slew him. Sin hath rent the white robe of Christ’s flesh, and died it of a crimson colour: let us then seek to be avenged of our sins. Under the law, if an ox gored a man that he died, the ox was to be killed (Exod. 21:28). Sin hath gored and pierced our Saviour, let it die the death. What a pity is it, for that to live, which would not suffer Christ to live!
(5.) Was Christ’s body broken, let us then from his suffering on the cross, learn this lesson, not to wonder much, if we meet with troubles in the world. Did Christ suffer, who ”knew no sin,” and do we think it strange to suffer, who know nothing but sin? Did Christ feel the anger of God? And is it much for us to feel the anger of men? Was the Head crowned with thorns ? And would the members lie among roses? Must we have our bracelets and diamonds, when Christ had the spear and nails going to his heart? Truly such as are guilty, may well expect the lash, when he who was innocent, could not go free.