Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit
THE NEW FASHION
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON.
“And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before
them all; so that they were all amazed, and glorified God,
saying, We never saw it on this fashion.”
IT is very natural that there should be many surprising things in the Gospel, for it is remarkable beyond measure
that there should be a Gospel at all. As soon as I begin thinking of it I exclaim with Bunyan, “O world of wonders, I can
say no less.” And I invite you all to join with the multitude in saying with the text, “We never saw it on this fashion.”
When man had sinned, God might instantly have destroyed our rebel race, or He might have permitted it to exist as the
fallen angels do—in a state of enmity to all goodness and in consequent misery. But He who passed the angels by took up
the seed of Abraham and looked upon man—that insignificant item in the ranks of creatureship and determined that
man should experience salvation and show forth His Divine Grace.
It was a wonderful thing, to begin with, that there should be a Gospel for men. And when we remember that the
Gospel involved the gift of the only-begotten Son of God. When we remember that it was necessary that God, the invisi-
ble Spirit, should be veiled in human flesh. When we think about the fact that the Son of God should become the son of
Mary, should be subject to pain and weakness, poverty and shame—when we remember all this, we may expect to find
great wonders clustering round such a stupendous fact!
Beholding God in human flesh, miracles no longer strike us as being at all marvelous, for the Incarnation of God
outmiracles miracle! But we must further remember that in order to bring the Gospel to us it was necessary that God
should, in our nature, offer Atonement for human sin. Think of it! The holy God making Atonement for sin! When the
angels first heard of