by Mike Robinson
Xerxes the king of Persia once boarded a boat. Later it began to sink because there were too many men aboard. The ship started sinking; sinking more and more; it appeared that all aboard would drown. But an officer called out to the shipmen: “Are you not willing to sacrifice and die for your king?” Suddenly almost all the men leaped out of the boat into the water and drowned in order to save their king.
The question for Christians: How much will you sacrifice for your King? Most Christians will not be called to forfeit their life for their faith, but how much will you sacrifice in order to serve others for your King?
We should aim to serve King Jesus and love others since James calls an undefiled and pure religion one that helps the widows and the poor.
Jesus Came and Gave Himself for His People
Jesus comes to His sheep by His glorious grace through His Word and Spirit to save us. Jesus “gave Himself for me” (Titus 3).
Christians ought to ponder:
· Trouble comes—but Jesus came.
· Failure comes—but Jesus came.
· Problems and pain come—but Jesus came.
And Jesus Christ comes to bring peace, joy, hope, and cheerfulness to all who trust Him (Romans 5:1 & 15:13). Today give Jesus full swing of your heart as He declares to you that He will pardon every sin; heal every wound; and overcome every trouble. Christ comes, swiftly, in a full gallop upon His victory horse to triumph for His people. Yearn for Him and you will find peace for your soul no matter how things unfold.
As the deer pants for the water, so my soul pants for you, O God (Psalm 42:1).
What Color or Race is Jesus?
What race or color was Jesus of Nazareth? Jesus was Jewish through Mary, but we do not know what genetic material God used in the miracle of the virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14). Jesus of Nazareth was probably not white in a Northern European sense. Moreover, the color that matters most is red – the color of the blood that was spilled on the cross to Redeem the lost.
Jesus has Conquered!
Jesus is mighty to save; mighty in battle, mighty in reassurance, and mighty in conquest. We must abide in Jesus. In our shame, we must hurl ourselves upon Jesus. When we fall, when we are crowded-in by trouble, when we find ourselves desiring relief, we must turn to Jesus Christ and all the force of Hell’s fury will not pry the arms of Jesus from us; He’s master and Lord. He’s a saving Savior who will never let us go.
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness (Charles H. Spurgeon).
Touch Others for Christ
During the American Civil War, the Sisters of Charity served hurting soldiers on both sides of the great conflict. Under the name of Jesus they cared for wounded and dying men from the South and North as these godly caretakers became the last face in this world that many dying men would see. They touched, comforted, prayed, and offered Scripture to a host of dying men for Jesus. Let us follow their example as we embrace Paul’s admonition to serve God by serving other people.
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us… This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works…. (Titus 3:4-8).
Jesus Left Heaven for His People
No one has ascended to Heaven but He who came down from Heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in Heaven (John 3:13).
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Jesus Christ stepped out of the celestial beauty of Paradise into a sinful and dark world. The Lord came and treaded on the surf of a stormy sea as He ultimately aimed for the Cross. Jesus came; the God-man; the Light of the world went marching on the swells and then He spoke calm to the wind: a stoppage of a storm. He would also heal many hurting and ailing people. Later there would be a crucifixion, a burial, and then a grand resurrection blast that would hush death, hell, and the grave. Jesus came; thank God, Jesus came; the blaze, the light—full of power and grace: the Lord Jesus.
Jesus rose on wings of exaltation as His glorified body, blushing with majesty and sweet transport, established salvation. And this Jesus, with eye fixed on His sheep, had the Cross shake the world and is now shaking defiance at all the foes of truth and all princedoms of Hades; we serve a King robed and crowned with glory: Jesus is the song of deliverance and the elation of eternity.
What a Savior; What a Lord!
Fairest Lord Jesus
Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.
Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.
Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels Heaven can boast.
Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.
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