Sweet thought! In Jesus, and the relationship, which he hath condescended to place himself in, all his poor followers may find a supply to fill up every vacancy. My soul, contemplate Jesus in this blessed feature of character. What relation do we need? The fatherless are commanded to look to him whose name is the everlasting Father. The motherless also; for he hath said, “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort thee.” Doth death make a breach between the husband and the wife? Then the scripture saith, “Thy Maker is thine husband, the Lord of Hosts is his name.” Are we friendless? “Jesus is the friend that loveth at all times, that sticketh closer than a brother.” In short, there is no situation among the affinities of life, the kinder charities of nature, but what Jesus fills and infinitely transcends all. Pause, my soul, over this view of Jesus, and behold how he graciously proposeth himself to supply all wants, and to fill all vacancies. Jesus is both the Father, the Friend, the Brother, the Husband, the whole in one of all relationships and of all connections. And amidst all the changes, the fluctuating circumstances of human affairs, the frailties, and infirmities of our own hearts and the hearts of others, which sometimes separate chief friends, what a blessed thought it is; “Nothing can separate from the love of Christ!” Precious Lord, give me to cry out with the church, under the full assurance of thine unalterable love; “This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.”
Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
When we feel oppressed and overcome by our sin and our sins, what a precious promise. He shall save. Notice the certainty of the language. His people are the objects of this great salvation from their sins. Here is what I need saved from…my sins! He shall save His people from the punishment of sin. He shall save His people from the power of sin. We can now do what we previously could not do when we were under the power of sin. We can now believe, repent, and love because sin no longer has dominion. And one day, blessed thought, we will be saved from the presence of sin. We will commit sin no longer. We will no longer remember what it was to be a sinner. Then we will understand. “Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.
“I’ll never forget when I found out God wasn’t mad at me anymore.”
As we have opportunity to preach or to witness to someone, it is not God honoring to tell them that God loves them and Christ died for them. The Word of God and our Lord Jesus Christ gives us what we are to say, “Except ye believe I Am He ye shall die in your sins.” “He that believeth on the Son of God hath life; he that believeth not the wrath of God abideth on him.” To be without Christ is to be without God and without hope in this world again, “God is angry with the wicked everyday.” “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, he that believeth not shall be damned.” “Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish.” “God commands all men every where to repent, because he hath appointed a day in which he shall judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained.” These are just a few of the things that sinners need to hear and we must be faithful to tell them that Christ Jesus is the only way God can be approached and the only One by Whom God deals with the sinner.As Brother Scott Richardson once said; “God will not be spoken too nor will he speak to any man except through Jesus Christ.” Oh, how I remember the weight of my sins, and God’s wrath against my soul, it struck fear to my heart, and I tried to get on God’s good side by my works, by my sincerity . . . but my burden grew heavier instead of lighter. But thank God, someone told me about Christ bearing my sin in his own body on the tree. I thought, “Did he really do that for me?” When God gave me faith to believe on Christ, all the condemnation I felt was taken away. I’ll never forget when I found out God wasn’t mad at me anymore. What I am saying is this, a soul will feel the weight of sin before he will know the forgiveness of sin, and he will feel the condemnation of God before he will know the acceptance of God. What about God’s elect? No man has any reason to believe he is one of God’s elect and one for whom Christ died until he repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ. And until that happens all he can expect is the “indignation and wrath of God” against him for their sin and unbelief.
Pastor Don Bell
“I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”