Monday, April 4, 2016
Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both. Job 9:33
There is an old quarrel between the thrice Holy God and His sinful subjects, the sons of Adam. Man has sinned; he has broken God's law in every part of it, and has wantonly cast off from him the allegiance which is due to his Maker and his King. There is a suit against man, which was formally instituted at Sinai and must be pleaded in Court before the Judge of quick and dead. God is the great plaintiff against his sinful creatures, who are the defendants. If that suit be carried into Court, it must go against the sinner. There is no hope whatever that at the last tremendous day any sinner will be able to stand in judgment if he shall leave the matter of his debts and obligations towards his God unsettled until that dreadful hour.....But the infinite grace of God proposes an arbitration, and I trust you are not anxious to have your suit carried into court, but are willing that the appointed Daysman should stand betwixt you and God and lay his hand upon both and propose and carry out a plan of reconciliation.....There is a way by which thy debts may yet be paid; that way is a blessed arbitration in which Jesus Christ shall stand as the daysman.
.....God has accepted Christ Jesus to be His umpire in His dispute. He appointed Him to the office, and chose Him for it before He laid the foundations of the world. He is God's fellow, equal with the Most High, and can put His hand upon the Eternal Father without fear, because He is dearly beloved of that Father's heart. He is "very God of very God," and is in no respect inferior to "God over all, blessed for ever." But He is also a man like thyself, sinner. He once suffered, hungered, thirsted, and knew the meaning of poverty and pain. Nay, He went farther, He was tempted as thou hast been, and farther still, He suffered the pangs of death, as thou poor mortal man wilt one day have to do. Now, what thinkest thou? God has accepted Him; canst thou agree with God in this matter, and agree to take Christ to be thy daysman too? Does foolish enmity possess thee, or does grace reign and lead thee to accept Emmanuel, God with us, as umpire in this great dispute?....Sinner, has divine grace brought thee to thy senses? Wilt thou accept Christ now? Art thou willing that He should take this case into His hands and arbitrate between thee and God? For if God accepteth Him, and thou accept Him too, then He has one of the first qualifications for being a Daysman.
But, in the next place, both parties must be fully agreed to leave the case entirely in the arbitrator's hands.....Now God has committed "all power" into the hands of his Son. Jesus Christ is the plenipotentiary of God, and has been invested with full ambassadorial powers. He comes commissioned by his Father, and He can say in all that He does towards sinners, that His Father's heart is with Him. If the case be settled by him, the Father is agreed.
Now, sinner, does grace move thy heart to do the same? Wilt thou agree to put thy case into the hands of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man? Wilt thou abide by His decision? Wilt thou have it settled according to His judgment, and shall the verdict which He gives stand absolute and fast with thee? If so, then Christ has another essential of an arbitrator; but if not, remember, though He may make peace for others, He will never make peace for thee; for this know, that until the grace of God has made thee willing to trust the case in Jesus' hands, there can be no peace for thee, and thou art wilfully remaining God's enemy by refusing to accept His dear Son.
Further, let us say, that to make a good arbitrator, or umpire, it is essential that he be a fit person. If the case were between a king and a beggar, it would not seem exactly right that another king should be the arbitrator, or another beggar; but if there could be found a person who combined the two, who was both prince and beggar, then such a man could be selected by both. Our Lord Jesus Christ precisely meets the case. There is a very great disparity between the plaintiff and the defendant, for how great is the gulf which exists between the eternal God and the poor fallen man! How is this to be bridged? Why, by none except by one who is God and who at the same time can become man. Now the only being who can do this is Jesus Christ.....
Yet there is one more essential of an umpire, and that is, that he should be a person desirous to bring the case to a happy settlement.....In the great case which is pending between God and the sinner, the Lord Jesus Christ has a sincere anxiety both for his Father's glory and for the sinner's welfare, and that there should be peace between the two contending parties. It is the life and aim of Jesus Christ to make peace. He delighteth not in the death of sinners, and He knows no joy greater than that of receiving prodigals to His bosom, and of bringing lost sheep back again to the fold.....
Thou seest then, sinner, how the case is. God has evidently chosen the most fitting arbitrator. That arbitrator is willing to undertake the case, and thou mayest well repose all confidence in Him. But if thou shalt live and die without accepting Him as thine arbitrator, then, the case going against thee, thou wilt have none to blame but thyself. When the everlasting damages shall be assessed against thee in thy soul and body forever, thou shalt have to curse only thine own folly for having been the cause of thy ruin.
C. H. Spurgeon