The Tree Did Not Summon Them to Do

“Only by ‘righteousness’ could it be pacified; and nothing less than that which is divine could meet the case. At the cross this ‘righteousness’ was found; human, yet divine: provided for man, and presented to him by God, for relief of conscience and justification of life. On the one word tetelestai, ‘It is finished,’ as on a heavenly resting-place, weary souls sat down and were refreshed. The voice from the tree did not summon them to do, but to be satisfied with what was done. Millions of bruised consciences there found healing and peace.”

– Horatius Bonar, The Everlasting Righteousness, p.9 (italics in original)

Christ is His Own Gift to Sinners

“Christ is His own gift to sinners. He gives Himself to us, as well as for us. He goes up to the cross of shame, and says from it to us: ‘Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth’ (Isaiah 45:22). He takes His place like the sun in our sky and says: ‘I am the light of the world, he that believeth in me shall no walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life’ (John 8:12). He gives HIMSELF to us–not certain blessings merely but HIMSELF. To the sick, and weary, and poor, and dark, and sorrowful, He presents HIMSELF as the one gift–the reception of which, by us, would deliver us from sin, want, and grief. Take ME, He says, and all shall be well. Canst, O man, slight or refuse a gift so great, so free, so needful?”

– Horatius Bonar, God’s Gift to Sinners, p.3-4