There’s something in us that is hardwired to behave and believe as though we have to clean ourselves up in order to come before God. For those who aren’t (apparently) completely opposed to Christianity, this is a major stumbling block. For so many it seems like a copout—but for others, it’s something else. “It’s too good to be true. Even if Jesus can save the worst of us, surely that can’t include me.” But Spurgeon reminds us that the good news is so good it can only be true—and the salvation offered is good enough for even you:
You sinners—I mean you real sinners, not you who call yourselves by that name simply because you are told that is what you are, but you who really feel yourselves to be guilty before God—here is good news for you! O you self-condemned sinners, who feel that if you are ever to get salvation, Jesus must bring it to you and be the beginning and the end of it, I pray you to rejoice in this dear, this precious, this blessed Name, for Jesus has come to save you—even you!
Go to Him as sinners, call Him “Jesus,” and say to Him, “O Lord Jesus, be Jesus to me, save me, for I need your salvation!” Do not doubt that He will fulfill His own Name and exhibit His saving power in you. Only confess to Him your sin, and He will save you from it. Only believe in Him, and He will be your salvation.1