In his autobiography, Charles Haddon Spurgeon spends a chapter telling of the five years of soul-agony he went through before he got saved at age 15. Although he was outwardly a Bible-reading, church-going son of a pastor in Victorian England, the Holy Spirit took him deeper and deeper in seeing his own pride, self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, and unbelief. He observes that much of the flimsy piety in him was due to the fact that people professed salvation without any deep conviction of sin. Spurgeon wrote, "Too many think lightly of sin, and therefore think lightly of the Savior. He who has stood before his God, convicted and condemned, with the rope about his neck, is the man to weep for joy when he is pardoned, to hate the evil which has been forgiven him, and to live to the honor of the Redeemer by whose blood he has been cleansed."
Spurgeon later said that he believed he was able to love Christ better and could preach Him better to others was because he was led to see the depths of his own sinfulness before he came to salvation.
One of the purposes of the Lord's Table is to remind us of the sacrifice the Lord Jesus Christ gave for our sins and the deliverance that is ours so we can love Him more deeply.
As you prepare for Sunday, be reminded of the depth of your sin. Let's remember that before a holy God we are all equally sinful.
Finally, this Sunday we will be blessed by some of the music we enjoyed at our Good Friday Service. The music by our worship team will be "off the charts!"
I look forward to seeing you Sunday.
In the light of His glory and grace,