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now too late. You have time now. In five minutes, for all you and I know, you may be in eternity. God hangs a mist over our eyes as to our summons. So now God calls-now everyone repent, and all your sins will be taken from you. I have come in the name of the Master to ask you to turn to God now. May God help you to turn and live. Let
• That he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves but unto him which died for them, and rose again."-2 Cor. v. 15.
SINNERS, turn; why will ye die?
Sinners, turn; why will ye die?
Sinners, turn; why will ye die ?
What Christ is to us.
OW I am not going to take a text to-night. I am going to take a subject, and that subject will be "What Christ is to us ;" and if you say when I get through that Christ is not what I try to make Him out to be, it will be your own fault and no one else's, because He is a thousand times more to every soul here than I can make Him out to be to-night. A man cannot tell what Christ is in a few moments-cannot begin to express what Christ is to us. I remember talking on the same subject at a meeting in the north of England. I felt that
had not said enough about Him when I got through. When I went home I went with a Scotchman, and I was complaining and groaning over the meeting, and told him I had only got half through with my subject, when the Scotchman turned to me and said, “Ye dinner expect to tell a' aboot Christ in one hour, d'ye? Why, 'twould tak a' eternity to do it, man." I thought I could get through in an hour, but, my friends, it cannot be done. I'm not going to talk to you an hour to-night, however, and now I would like to call your attention to the second chapter of Luke and the eleventh verse: "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour which is Christ the Lord." That's what Christ offers to be to every soul that comes into this world. God gives Him to the world, "Unto you is born this day a Saviour." God gave Him to free us from our sins; that is what Christ came into the world to do. To get Him we must first meet Him at Calvary as our Jesus, our purifier, our sanctification, our Redemption. We must first pass Calvary before we can see Him as our Saviour. And He wants you to come there-He wants to be a Saviour to every soul in Chicago. He is not only a Saviour who takes us from the pit of hell, but He delivers us from sin. A great many people have a wrong idea of Christ. They think he only saves us from hell, but He keeps us from sin day by day. God knew a great deal better what the world needed than ourselves. Therefore He gave us Christ, not only to save us from death, but to free us from sin. He is not only a Saviour; He is a Redeemer. Redemption is more real than salvation. I asked a man some time ago why he thought so much about a certain man. I noticed that he could not speak of him but tears came into his
eyes, and so I asked him, "Why is it that you love that man as you do?" "Why, Mr. Moody," he said, "that man saved me." He told me in confidence how he got involved, how he took what did not belong to him, thinking he could replace it in a few weeks, but when the time came found he could not. In a week or two exposure would come, and it would be sure ruin to him, wife and family. How he went to a friend and poured out his heart, and how that friend advanced him the money and paid the debt, and," he added, "I would be willing to lay down my life for that friend. He saved me." It was out of gratitude to that man that he was willing to give his life for him. When we appreciate what redemption is and what Christ has done for us, we are willing to lay down our life for Him-sacrifice everything for His sake.
Redemption is more. It is buying back, for we are told in Galatians, "He hath redeemed us from the curse." The curse of the law rests upon every son of Adam-"He hath redeemed us from the curse of the law." Redemption is buying back. He has bought us back from sentence of justice. We belong to Him-"He hath redeemed us by His blood." I remember I was going from my home to preach in a neighbouring village. My brother was with me, and I saw a young man driving before us. I said to my brother: "Who is that young.man; I've never seen him before." "Do you see that farm, those beautiful buildings, do you see all these fields, and the pasture? That is his farm. His father was a drunkard and squandered his money, buried his home in debt, and died. His mother had to go to the poor-house. That young man went away, earned money, came back and redeemed the farm and took his mother from the poor-house, and he is looked upon as one of the noblest young men in the country." That's what Christ is doing for us. Adam sold us very cheap, and Christ comes and redeems us-does it without any cost. He is more than a saviour and a redeemer he is a deliverer. A great many people go to Calvary and believe He is their redeemer, but they forget that He came to deliver us from all temptation, from all appetite, from all lust. Now, when God put the children of Israel behind the blood at Goshen they were safe. When they came to the Red Sea, and they heard the King of Egypt with his mighty army, his horsemen, and his chariots come rolling on to their destruction, it was then that the God of Heaven showed His power as a deliverer. He said to Moses, "Stretch out thy rod," and the sea opened and His chosen people passed over in safety. God is a deliverer to all His children, whatever you may be. He is a great physician to us all, and He will deliver you from difficulties.
In the fifth chapter of Mark, we see him as a deliverer. I do not think that God ever found harder cases in Chicago, than those were there. We have got hospitals for the incurables, and if they had had them in those days, these cases would have been put there. First look at that man who had his dwelling in the tombs. They tried to tame him, but he snapped the chains as Samson did the pillars. They tried to bind him, they tried to keep him clothed, but he tore his garments into shreds. There he was, a wild man and a terror to everybody. The children were afraid of him, and the women and men hearing his cries at night, dreaded to go near that spot. There he was, a slave of the devils. But Christ came to that part of the country. See how they tried to chain him, to bind him, to tame him; but they all failed. But Christ came, and with one word, delivered him. One word, and those devils forsook him. And his countrymen hearing of the incident, came out. They did not go out to see what Christ had been doing, but they came out to look for their swine. A good many men here in Chicago value swine more than they do the salvation of souls. Let pork go up or down, and see what a commotion there would be. But if there are souls to save here to-night they would never trouble themselves. They came out to see the swine, and there they found the wild man sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind. When the man found himself delivered, he wanted to go with the Saviour. That was gratitude. Christ had saved him, had redeemed him. He had delivered him from the hand of the enemy. And this man cried: "Let me follow You round the world; where You go I will go." But the Lord said: “You go home and tell your friends what good things the Lord has done for you." And he started home. I would like to have been in that house when he came there. I can imagine how the children would look when they saw him, and say: "Father is coming." "Shut the door," the mother would cry; "look out; fasten the windows; bolt every door in the house. Many times he very likely had come home and abused his family, and broken the chairs and tables, and turned the mother into the street, and alarmed all the neighbours. They see him now, coming down the street. Down he comes till he gets to the door, and then gently knocks. You don't hear a sound as he stands there. At last he sees his wife at the window, and he says, "Mary !" "Why," she says, “why he speaks as he did when I first married him; I wonder if he has got well?" So she looks out, and says, "John, is that you ?" "Yes, Mary," he replies, "it's me, don't be afraid any more, I'm well now." I see that mother, how she pulls back the bolts of that door, and looks at him. The first look is sufficient, and she springs into
his arms, and clings about his neck. She takes him in and asks him a hundred questions-how it all happened—all about it. “Well, just take a chair, and I'll tell you how I got cured.” The children hang back, and look amazed. He says: "I was there in the tombs, you know, cutting myself with stones, and running about in my nakedness, when Jesus of Nazareth came that way. Mary, did you ever hear of Him? He is the most wonderful man. I've never seen a man like him. He just ran in and told those devils to leave me, and they left me. When He had cured me, I wanted to follow Him, but He told me to come home and tell you all about it." The children by-and-by gather about his knee, and the elder ones run to tell their playmates what wonderful things Jesus has done for their father. Ah, my friends, we have got a mighty deliverer-don't care what affliction you have. He will deliver you from it. The Son of God, who cast out those devils, can deliver you from your besetting sin. A man told me last night, in speaking about drunkards, the trouble is that the passion for drink becomes a disease, and when it does, there is no hope. That man didn't know the gospel, my friend. Christ is a physician who has never lost a case yet. We've got a great many fine physicians -how many of them can say: "I have never lost a case." Christ has never failed, and He has had some pretty hard cases. Just look at that woman suffering for years from an issue of blood. Probably she had visited all the physicians round—had gone clear up to Damascus and down to Egypt. Perhaps she had spent all her money in trying to get better, but instead had only grown worse. That's just the case with Christians to-day. Instead of her coming to Christ, she went to the physicians around. I can imagine one of her friends coming in and saying, "Have you ever heard of Jesus of Nazareth ?" "No." "Well, He is a great prophet. I have never seen Him myself, but they tell me He is in Jerusalem doing wonderful things. I heard of a man who was troubled with leprosy, and another with palsy, and they went to Him, and in a moment were cured. They say too, He gives sight to blind men. As her friend tells her these things, a ray of hope breaks upon the poor woman's soul, and she questions the friend further. Yes, and I heard of another cure of a poor cripple who had been lame for years, so lame that he had to be carried to the prophet. When they got there they found such a crowd that they had to cut a hole in the roof and let him down, and as soon He saw him He just touched him, and he was healed." "He must be a great physician. How much does He charge?" "Don't charge you anything." And this is the trouble with a great many people to-day. They think they have something to do for the