Blood, the blood of the cross. This is the great theme of all these epistles... This was Paul's constant sermon, his constant preaching... How that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: …’ but you notice that is the thing he preached most of all, first in importance as well as in time. This was the centre of the message, how that Christ died for our sins.
When the Lord is visiting us, we need not set Him before us—we know that He is there and that we have to respond. The time to do this is when we do not feel like it, when we feel dry and barren and arid; then we must especially set Him before us. Surely we can all testify to the fact that as we look back across our lives, there is nothing, in a sense, that has been more wonderful than when in an arid and barren condition we have deliberately set Him before us and sought Him. Suddenly the clouds broke, and the light shone again. Oh, there has been nothing more wonderful than that! So do this even though you do not feel like it. Do it every day—always! Do not do it fitfully; do not start off wonderfully and then begin to flag. Always set your affections on the Lord. Put them there, put them at that point, and keep them there. And go on doing it.
I thank God that as Christian people we do not need to know the future. Christians should never desire to do so. Christians live in this way: one step at a time. And this principle, if they put it into operation, will enable them to say, “Whatever happens to me, I know that all will be well, because ‘he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.’ ” Come what may, “I shall not be moved” because I am living in the light of this principle: “I have set the LORD always before me.”
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, comes. Why has he come? John the Baptist who went round before him, he gave the answer. John the Baptist had only got one sermon and he kept on repeating it, and this was it. Behold, he says, I am not he. I am unworthy to undo the laces of his shoes. Behold, behold, behold ‘the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.’ All the others were but types and shadows, indications and adumbrations. The Lamb of God has come. God has provided his own sacrifice. It is his own Son. The Lamb of God. This is what happened on Calvary’s tree. God took your sins and mine and he put them on the head of his own Son, and then he smote him, he punished him, he struck him, he killed him. The wages of sin is death.