IONYSIUS the tyrant king of Syracuse, was pronounced by Damocles the
flatterer, the happiest man on earth. The king, in order to convince
him of his mistake, invited Damocles to a banquet, and caused him to be
robed and treated as a sovereign. During the entertainment, a sword
hung suspended by a single horsehair from the ceiling, over the head of
Damocles; and thus was typified the happiness of a tyrant.
Unconverted sinner, behold thyself in the
above picture. Thou fanciest that thou art happy. Ah! thou art
woefully deceiving thyself. Thy pleasures are short in duration! Thou
art clothed in borrowed garments of vanity, and art seated at the
banquet table of thy pleasures, with the sword of Divine judgment
suspended over thine head by a slender thread. (See Ecclesiastes 9:9,
and Luke 12:16, 21.) Any moment thou mayest be cut down by the hand of
death, and be hurried all unprepared before the judgment seat of Christ.
Oh! be no longer blinded; but turn thine eyes upward and see thy danger.
Know that thou art a sinner: "for all have sinned, and come short of the
glory of God." (Rom. 3:23.) As a sinner thou art already condemned. The
curse of God hangs over thee, and in a moment thou mayest be in hell.
Turn off thine eyes from sin and self, and look unto Jesus, who is now
both able and willing to save even thee if thou believest on him.
When the sinner believes in the Lord Jesus
Christ, he is made by sovereign grace a king and a priest unto God. He
is arrayed in "the best robe," the imputed righteousness of Christ. He
is enabled by faith to sit down at the King's "banquetting" table,
whereon are spread the dantiest dishes, and a feast of wine. Instead
of the flaming sword of justice, the "banner" of Jesus' "love" hangs
"over" his head. (Canticles 2:4; Isa. 25:6; Luke 15:22, 23; Rev. 1:6.)
Such is the royal provision made by the Jehovah of hosts for every poor
and needy sinner, who by simple clinging faith, trusts in his dear Son,
whose "precious blood" cleanses the vilest from all sin. May infinite
love glorify itself by admitting you to the marriage-feast of glory.
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