To the Unbeliever
In other words, ‘If I, the innocent substitute for sinners, suffers like this, what will happen when the sinner himself – the dry tree – will fall into the hands of an angry God?’
When God saw Jesus in the sinner’s place, He didn’t spare Him; and when He finds those without Christ, He will not spare them.
Oh sinner, Jesus was led away by His enemies: and so will you be dragged away by beasts to the place appointed to you. Jesus was deserted by God; and if He, who was only imputedly a sinner, was deserted, how much more will you be?
‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?‘ this is a horrible cry! But what will be your cry when you will say, ‘O God! O God! Why have You forsaken me?’ and the answer will come back, ‘Because you have ignored all My advice and paid no attention when I warned you: I will laugh at your destruction; and make fun when you start fearing.’
If God didn’t spare His own Son, how much less will He spare you! The whips of burning wire will be yours, the guilty conscience will hit you with it’s terrors.
The richest, the happiest, the most proud sinners – who will stand in your place when God will say, ‘My sword, wake up! Attack the person who rejected Me; hurt him, and let him feel the pain forever’?
Jesus was spit upon: sinner, think of the shame that will be yours! We cannot sum up in one word all the mass of sadness which met on the head of Jesus who died for us, therefore it is impossible for us to tell you what streams, what oceans of grief will be over your spirit if you die as you are now.
You may die then, you may die now. By the pain and suffering of Christ, by His wounds and by His blood, don’t bring upon yourselves the judgement and anger to come!
Trust in the Son of God, and you will never die.
C H Spurgeon