There is an old hymn that exclaims how odd it is that Jesus is called a ‘man of sorrows’. Because he brings all the joy that there is in the world. He reclaimed ruined sinners! See the Man of Sorrows now! Every knee to him will bow:
“Sinners in derision crowned Him, mocking thus the Saviour’s claim; saints and angels crowd around Him, own His title, praise His name.”
Even yet we do not know what He has done for us. Even now, free from the guilt of sin, released from its terrible stain, filled with His Spirit, satisfied with his blessings, with His food, with His living water, we do not appreciate or understand the future that He has laid up for us. As Samuel Brengle says: “See to it that you are a believer. See to it that you are filled with the spirit, and Jesus will see to it that out of your life shall flow rivers of holy influence and power to bless the world, and you, too, will be surprised at the reckoning day, to behold the vastness of your reward as compared with the littleness of your sacrifices and your work.”
Certainly my sacrifices and my work are small. But You, Lord, are holy and awesome, You are majestic. Your glory is sung by all creation, and Your beauty by every love song ever written. Your radiance is the sunshine of heaven; Your overwhelming, unquenchable, unshakable and unstoppable love keeps this globe rolling, keeps the stars blazing, and is once again fanning the flame on the altar of my mean heart and calling me to unashamed and illimitable praise and works of love.