But, though persecuting malice raged, yet the Gospel shone with resplendent brightness; and, firm as an impregnable rock, withstood the attacks of its boisterous enemies with success. – John Foxe
Behold the man! (John 19:5)
“Behold the man!” was Pilate’s jeer. That is what all the ages have been doing since, and the vision has grown more and more glorious. As they have looked, the crown of thorns has become a crown of golden radiance, and the cast-off robe has glistened like the garments He wore on the night of the transfiguration. Martyrs have smiled in the flames at that vision. Sinners have turned at it to a new life. Little children have seen it, and have had awakened by it dim recollections of their heaven-home. Toward it the souls of men yearn ever. – Robert E. Speer
“According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.” — 1Tim. 1:11
The greatest novelty of our time is the Gospel. It is so old that it is new.
Oh, my text is right when it speaks of the glorious Gospel. It is an invitation from the most radiant Being that ever trod the earth…
Glad am I that all the Christian poets have exerted their pen in extolling the matchless One of this Gospel. Isaac Watts, how do you feel concerning Him? And he writes, “I am not ashamed to own my Lord.” Newton, what do you think of this Gospel? And he writes, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound!” Cowper, what do you think of Him? And the answer comes, “There is a fountain filled with blood.” Charles Wesley, what do you think of Him? And he answers, “Jesus, lover of my soul.” Horatius Bonar, what do you think of Him? And he responds, “I lay my sins on Jesus.” Ray Palmer, what do you think of Him? And he writes, “My faith looks up to Thee.” Fannie Crosby, what do you think of Him? And she writes, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.” But I take higher testimony: Solomon, what do you think of Him? And the answer is, “Lily of the valley.” Ezekiel, what do you think of Him? And the answer is, “Plant of renown.” David, what do you think of Him? And the answer is, “My Shepherd.” St. John, what do you think of Him? And the answer is, “Bright and morning star.” St. Paul, what do you think of Him? And the answer comes, “Christ is all in all.” Do you think as well of Him, O man, O woman of the blood-bought immortal spirit? Yes, Paul was right when he styled it “The Glorious Gospel.” – Thomas De Witt Talmage