“Whose origins are from of old, from ancient times”
The Lord Jesus had originated for his people as their representative before the throne, long before they appeared upon the stage of time. It was “from everlasting” that he signed the compact with his Father, that he would pay blood for blood, suffering for suffering, agony for agony, and death for death, on the behalf of his people; it was “from everlasting” that he gave himself up without a murmuring word. That from the crown of his head to the sole of his foot he might sweat great drops of blood, that he might be spit upon, pierced, mocked, rent asunder, and crushed beneath the pains of death. His origins as our Surety were from everlasting. Pause, my soul, and wonder! You have origins in the person of Jesus “from everlasting.” Not only did Christ love us when we were born into the world, but his delights were with us before any human beings existed. He thought of them often; from everlasting to everlasting he had set his affection upon them. What! my soul, if he has been so long about your salvation, will he not finish it? Has he from everlasting gone about saving me, and will he lose me now? What! Has he carried me in his hand, as his precious jewel, and will he now let me slip from between his fingers? Did he choose me before the mountains were brought forth, or the channels of the deep were dug, and will he reject me now? Impossible! I am sure he wouldn’t have loved me so long if he hadn’t been a changeless Lover. If he could grow weary of me, he would have been tired of me long before now. If he hadn’t loved me with a love as deep as hell, and as strong as death, he would have turned from me long ago. Oh, joy above all joys, to know that I am his everlasting and inalienable inheritance, given to him by his Father or even before the earth existed! Everlasting love shall be the pillow for my head this night.