O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? Psalm 4:2

O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?
Psalm 4:2
An instructive writer has made a mournful list of the honours which the blinded people of Israel awarded to their long expected King.\n 5. The title of honour was nominally “King of the Jews,” but that the blinded nation distinctly repudiated, and really called him “King of thieves,” by preferring Barabbas, and by placing Jesus in the place of highest shame between two thieves. His glory was thus in all things turned into shame by the sons of men, but it shall yet gladden the eyes of saints and angels, world without end.

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

The Completeness of the Substitution

The completeness of the substitution comes out more fully at the cross. There
the whole burden pressed upon Him, and the wrath of God took hold of Him,
and the sword of Jehovah smote Him; He poured out His soul unto death, and
He was cut off out of the land of the living.

Then the work was done. “It is finished.” The blood of the burnt-offering was
shed. The propitiation was made; the transgression finished; and the everlasting
righteousness brought in.

All that follows is the fruit or result of the work finished on the cross.
The grave is the awful pledge or testimony to His death as a true and real
death; but it forms no part of the substitution or expiation. Ere our surety
reached the tomb, atonement had been completed. The resurrection is the blessed
announcement of the Father that the work had been accepted and the surety set
free; but it was no part either of the atonement or the righteousness. The
ascension and the appearing in the presence of God for us with His own blood,
are the carrying out of the atonement made upon Calvary; but they are no part
of the expiation by means of which sin is forgiven and we are justified. All
was finished, once and for ever, when the surety said, “Father, into Thy hands
I commend my spirit.”

Horatius Bonar, The Everlasting Righteousness

On him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. Luke 23:26

On him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
Luke 23:26
We see in Simon’s carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that you may endure it. Christ exempts you from sin, but not from sorrow. Remember that, and expect to suffer.\n And remember, though Simon had to bear the cross for a very little while, it gave him lasting honour. Even so the cross we carry is only for a little while at most, and then we shall receive the crown, the glory. Surely we should love the cross, and, instead of shrinking from it, count it very dear, when it works out for us “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening