The Magnificent Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ ( by Harold S. Martin)

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The Magnificent Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ
  By Harold S. Martin

Unfolding the wonders of Jesus is an almost impossible job. Eternity itself cannot suffice completely to unfold Him. John the Baptist pointed out Jesus as the Lamb of God, baptized Him with the approval of heaven, and then said of Jesus, “He that cometh from above is above all” (John 3:31). Paul says to the Philippians, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God…” (2:9-11).

    Jesus is the central subject of the Bible. Anyone who reads the Old Testament must surely see the many Scriptures that prophesy of Jesus to come, and as for the New Testament, Jesus Christ is everywhere on its pages. The very first verse of Matthew says, “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ,” and the very last verse of the Revelation says, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”

    The first name in the first verse of the first book of the New Testament is Jesus, and the last name in the last chapter of the last book of the Bible is Jesus. What is it about Jesus that makes Him different from an ordinary man? What is it that makes Him unique and magnificent? Why is Jesus given such a prominent place in the Bible?

Jesus Is Magnificent as to His Eternal Source

Jesus did not begin to exist when He was born of Mary. John 17:5 says that Jesus had glory with the Father “before the world was,” and verse 24 says that He was loved by the Father before the foundation of the world. Jesus had been present with God in the eternal ages before the world began. The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem did not mark the beginning of a new person, but rather it marked the incarnation of the eternal Son of God who had been present with the Father and “was made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).

    Jesus did not begin to exist when He was born of Mary, for the Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2). And so we see that Jesus was the Son of God long before He became the son of Mary.

    Jesus was not just another man. He lived way back in the beginning when everything was started. In fact, before the beginning began, Jesus was. And because Jesus has always been with God, He knows all about us. He knows how we are made. He knows the secrets of our hearts; He knows our needs; and what’s more, being God, He is able to supply them all.

Jesus Is Magnificent as to His Miraculous Birth

    The Bible declares that our Lord’s mother was a virgin, that His conception was miraculous, and that the agent of conception was the Holy Spirit. The Bible says, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman…” (Gal. 4:4). The birth of Jesus was no ordinary birth. When the Jewish virgin Mary went down into that mysterious land of motherhood, she came back holding in her arms the only baby in all the world who had never had an earthly father. No birth like this had ever occurred before; no birth like this will ever occur again. Jesus (who made man) was born in the likeness of men.

    If the birth of Jesus was not supernatural, then He cannot be our Savior, for then He was born a sinner like all the rest of us, and then He needs salvation Himself. But God was not limited to the ordinary. God is not bound by the laws of nature which we have discovered. One who takes away the supernatural conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit (and puts Joseph there instead) takes away our only hope of a perfectly pure, sinless Savior. We cannot understand it, but we can believe it.

Jesus Is Magnificent as to His Perfect Life

Jesus was perfect God, and yet at the same time He was perfect man. As man, He hungered; as God, He is the Bread of Life. As man, He said, “I thirst” (John 19:28); as God, He says, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink” (John 7:37). As man, He was weary; as God, He gives rest to all who come to Him. As man, He prayed; as God, He hears and answers our prayers. As man, He wept; as God, He wipes away our tears. As man, He was tempted; as God, He did not sin (1 Pet. 2:22).

    The life of no other man has been so carefully and so critically examined as the life of Jesus, yet men of all generations have confessed that Jesus was the only perfect Man who ever lived. Not a single time did He ever make a mistake. Not a single time did He ever utter a word that He had to take back. Not even His bitterest enemies, though they hounded His footsteps day and night to trap Him, could ever find anything for which to accuse Him.

    His own challenge in John 8:46 was this: “Which of you convinceth Me of sin?” The thief on the cross was compelled to admit, “This Man hath done nothing amiss” (Luke 23:41). Judas, the one who betrayed Him, came with the blood money and threw it at the feet of the Sanhedrin, saying, “I have betrayed the innocent blood” (Matt. 27:4). And Pilate, the one who sat in the judgment seat and passed sentence on Him, three times over declared, “I find no fault in Him” (John 18, 19). Every man has some good points but Jesus has them all!

Jesus Is Magnificent as to His Supernatural Power

   Jesus has such mighty power that when Peter drew the sword and slashed off the ear of the high priest’s servant, Jesus immediately touched the ear, and it was healed. And no marvel, for actually He created the ear in the first place. John says in 1:3, “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” Who conceived the grace of the young deer? Who devised the majesty of the mountains? Who put the song in the throat of the mockingbird? One name answers all these questions, the precious name of Jesus.

    When He stood before the disciples on the Mount of Olives (just before He ascended into heaven), Jesus said, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth” (Matt. 28:18). Jesus walked on the waves, stilled the storms, healed the lepers, raised the dead, and opened the eyes of the blind.

    Jesus meets every need. He satisfies every desire. He hushes every fear. He calms every trouble. He is the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, the Balm of Gilead, the Fairest of ten thousand to the soul. He created the worlds. He changes the destiny of nations. He has the power over death and disease. The Bible says that even the wind and the sea obey Him!

Jesus Is Magnificent as to Authoritative Teaching

Matthew says at the close of the Sermon on the Mount, “And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine; for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (7:28-29). The scribes were the learned men and teachers of the Jewish nation. They were largely Pharisees who taught chiefly the sentiments of the rabbis and the traditions which had been handed down from the fathers. They spent much of their time in vain disputes and in quoting authorities.

    But Jesus of Nazareth spoke so differently. There was an air of complete and final authority about all that He said. He never said, “It is probably this way,” or “Consult the experts on the subject.” Jesus Christ is the authority on every subject! Jesus over and over again said, “But I say unto you,” not, “So-and-so said.”

Jesus Is Magnificent as to His Sacrificial Suffering

Great men of this world may be valued for their lives, but Jesus is known above all for His death. The atonement of Jesus is the scarlet cord running through every part of the Bible. His death was prophesied in the Garden of Eden. His death was pictured in the sacrifices of Israel. Jesus spoke of His death when He said, “For this cause came I into the world” (John 18:37).

    There are 255 verses in the New Testament that refer directly to the death of Christ. One fifth of the Gospel according to Matthew, and almost one half of John’s Gospel record the last week leading up to the Cross. The death of Jesus Christ is of supreme value. On that afternoon when the sky was darkened and the sun hid its face and the veil of the temple was rent in twain and the Son of God cried out, “It is finished” – on that great day, the price of our redemption was paid.

    And now, because of His magnificent suffering, Jesus can reach down into the pit of corruption and lift the sinner up from the miry clay and wash him white in the fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins.

    It was no ordinary death that Jesus died – that was God Almighty taking upon Himself the sin of a fallen race. “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities…the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:5-6). Jesus bore my sins in His own body on the tree. Jesus stood where I should have stood. The pains of hell that were my portion were heaped upon Him.

Jesus Is Magnificent as to His Promised Return

  As surely as Jesus came the first time, so certain is it that He will come again. One of these days this magnificent, wonderful, incomparable Jesus will come in all His glory, and all His holy angels with Him. In the 260 chapters of the New Testament the Second Coming of Jesus is mentioned 318 times. Jesus Himself said, “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not” (Luke 12:40).

    When Jesus comes again in power and great glory, He will be the judge from heaven who will “bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Eccl. 12:14). The books will be opened; the secrets of all hearts will be brought to light. Those who have been faithful servants will be taken home to the Father’s house (John 14:1-3).

    Jesus is the Light of the world, the Bread of Life, the True Vine, the Good Shepherd, the Door to heaven. This Jesus whom we love and serve is peerless, matchless, incomparable, magnificent. He has no equal! He is above all! There is no other that can be compared with Him!

    The question we must honestly face right now is the one concerning His supremacy in our lives. Where have you placed this magnificent Jesus whom God has highly exalted? Are you giving Him the highest place? Jesus is supreme in every other realm; how can we forbid Him complete reign over the little empire of our hearts?

    And if you have never accepted Him, if you have been saying, “I want to run my own life, I want to paddle my own canoe, I want to be king of my own castle,” remember this: There is a day coming when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God.

    During the trial of Jesus, Pilate raised the question, “What shall I do then with Jesus who is called Christ?” (Matt. 27:22). That is the question you need to answer today. What will you do with Jesus? Your answer will determine your eternal destiny. You are either going to be forever with Him or forever without Him. If you reject Him all your life and die without Him, the question someday will be not, “What shall I do with Jesus?” but “What will He do with me?” Believe the Gospel, repent and be baptized today!

– From Bible Helps ( Herald of His Coming)

 

Christ: the Healer (By Fenny West)

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Christ: the Healer

Sin –bearer

Deliverer

Redeemer.

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Friend of sinners

Freed the prisoners

Paid a great price

For us all to rise.

 Christ Has Risen

The Great I Am

Became the Lamb,

Slain on the cross

To remove the curse.

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Yes, He was crucified;

For you and I He died.

But He rose again

And now on high He reigns.

 Laughing Couple

Coming soon for His Bride

Who will be on His side.

Hope I will see you there

At the Lamb’s Marriage fair.

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His Name is Music to My Ears

His Name is Music to My Ears

Living Waters

 

Matthew 1:21

Thou shalt call his name Jesus.

When a person is dear, everything connected with him becomes dear for his sake. Thus, so precious is the person of the Lord Jesus in the estimation of all true believers, that everything about Him they consider to be inestimable beyond all price. “All Thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia,” said David, as if the very vestments of the Saviour were so sweetened by His person that he could not but love them. Certain it is, that there is not a spot where that hallowed foot hath trodden-there is not a word which those blessed lips have uttered-nor a thought which His loving Word has revealed-which is not to us precious beyond all price. And this is true of the names of Christ-they are all sweet in the believer’s ear. Whether He be called the Husband of the Church, her Bridegroom, her Friend; whether He be styled the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world-the King, the Prophet, or the Priest-every title of our Master-Shiloh, Emmanuel, Wonderful, the Mighty Counsellor-every name is like the honeycomb dropping with honey, and luscious are the drops that distil from it. But if there be one name sweeter than another in the believer’s ear, it is the name of Jesus. Jesus! it is the name which moves the harps of heaven to melody. Jesus! the life of all our joys. If there be one name more charming, more precious than another, it is this name. It is woven into the very warp and woof of our psalmody. Many of our hymns begin with it, and scarcely any, that are good for anything, end without it. It is the sum total of all delights. It is the music with which the bells of heaven ring; a song in a word; an ocean for comprehension, although a drop for brevity; a matchless oratorio in two syllables; a gathering up of the hallelujahs of eternity in five letters.

“Jesus, I love Thy charming name,

‘Tis music to mine ear.”

Christ Is All! ( by J.C.Ryle)

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By J. C. Ryle

    “Christ is all!” (Col. 3:11).

    These three words are the essence and substance of Christianity. If our hearts can really go along with them, it is well with our souls. If not, we may be sure we have yet much to learn.

    Christ is the mainspring both of doctrinal and practical Christianity. A right knowledge of Christ is essential to a right knowledge of sanctification as well as justification. Let me try to set before you in what sense “Christ is all”; and let me ask you, as you read, to judge yourselves honestly, that you may not make shipwreck in the judgment of the last day.

Christ Is All in the Counsels of God

    There was a time when this earth had no being. As solid as the mountains look, boundless as the sea appears, high as the stars in heaven look – they once did not exist. And man, with all the high thoughts he now has of himself, was a creature of unknown.

    And where was Christ then?

    Even then Christ was “with God” and “was God” and was “equal with God” (John 1:1; Phil. 2:6). Even then He was the beloved Son of the Father: “Thou lovedst Me,” He says, “before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). “I had glory with Thee before the world was” (John 17:5). Even then He was the Savior “foreordained before the foundation of the world” (1 Pet. 1:20), and believers were “chosen…in Him” (Eph. 1:4).

    There came a time when this earth was created in its present order. Sun, moon and stars, sea, land and all their inhabitants were called into being, and made out of chaos and confusion. And, last of all, man was formed out of the dust of the ground.

    And where was Christ then?

    Hear what the Scripture says: “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). “By Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth” (Col. 1:16). “And Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thine hands” (Heb. 1:10). Can we wonder that the Lord Jesus, in His preaching, should continually draw lessons from the book of nature? When He spoke of the sheep, the fish, the ravens, the corn, the lilies, the fig tree, the vine – He spoke of things which He Himself had made.

    There came a day when sin entered the world. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, and fell. They lost that holy nature in which they were first formed. They forfeited the friendship and favor of God and became guilty, corrupt, helpless, hopeless sinners. Sin came as a barrier between themselves and their holy Father in heaven. Had He dealt with them according to their deserts, there had been nothing before them but death, hell and everlasting ruin.

    And where was Christ then?

    In that very day He was revealed to our trembling parents, as the only hope of salvation. The very day they fell, they were told that the seed of the woman would yet bruise the serpent’s head – that a Savior born of a woman would overcome the devil and win for sinful man an entrance to eternal life (Gen. 3:15). Christ was held up as the true light of the world, in the very day of the fall; and never has any name been made known from that day by which souls could be saved, excepting His. By Him, all saved souls have entered heaven, from Adam downwards; and without Him none have ever escaped hell.

    There came a time when the world seemed sunk and buried in ignorance of God. After four thousand years, the nations of the earth appeared to have clean forgotten the God who made them. Egyptian, Assyrian, Persian, Grecian and Roman empires had done nothing but spread superstition and idolatry. Poets, historians, philosophers had proved that, with all their intellectual powers, they had no right knowledge of God; and that man, left to himself, was utterly corrupt. “The world by wisdom knew not God” (1 Cor. 1:21). Excepting a few despised Jews in a corner of the earth, the whole world was dead in ignorance and sin.

    And what did Christ do then?

    He left the glory He had had from all eternity with the Father, and came down into the world to provide a salvation. He took our nature upon Him, and was born as a man. As a man He did the will of God perfectly, which we all had left undone; as a man He suffered on the cross the wrath of God which we ought to have suffered. He brought in everlasting righteousness for us. He redeemed us from the curse of a broken law. He opened a fountain for all sin and uncleanness. He died for our sins. He rose again for our justification. He ascended to God’s right hand, and there sat down, waiting until His enemies would be made His footstool. And there He sits now, offering salvation to all who will come to Him, interceding for all who believe in Him, and managing by God’s appointment all that concerns the salvation of souls.

    There is a time coming when sin shall be cast out from this world. Wickedness shall not always flourish unpunished – Satan shall not always reign – creation shall not always groan, being burdened. There shall be a time of restitution of all things. There shall be a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness, and the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Rom. 8:22; Acts 3:21; 2 Pet. 3:13; Isa. 11:9).

    And where shall Christ be then? And what shall He do?

    Christ Himself shall be King. He shall return to this earth and make all things new. He shall come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, and the kingdoms of the world shall become His. The heathen shall be given to Him for His inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for His possession. To Him every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord. His dominion shall be an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed (Matt. 24:30; Rev. 11:15; Psa. 2:8; Phil. 2:10-11; Dan. 7:14).

    There is a day coming when all men shall be judged. The sea shall give up the dead who are in it, and death and hell shall deliver up the dead who are in them. All who sleep in the grave shall awake and come forth, and all shall be judged according to their works (Rev. 20:13; Dan. 12:2).

    And where will Christ be then?

    Christ Himself will be the Judge. “The Father…hath committed all judgment unto the Son” (John 5:22). “When the Son of man shall come in His glory…then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory and before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats” (Matt. 25:31-32). “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10).

    In all the eternal counsels of God the Father, in creation, redemption, restitution and judgment – in all these, Christ is “all.” Surely we shall do well to consider these things. Surely it is not written in vain “He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent Him” (John 5:23).

Christ Is All in the Bible

    In every part of both Testaments, Christ is to be found – dimly and indistinctly at the beginning, more clearly and plainly in the middle, fully and completely at the end – but really and substantially everywhere.

    It was Christ crucified who was set forth in every Old Testament sacrifice. Every animal slain and offered on an altar was a practical confession that a Savior was looked for who would die for sinners – a Savior who would take away man’s sin, by suffering, as his Substitute and Sinbearer, in his stead (1 Pet. 3:18). It is absurd to suppose that an unmeaning slaughter of innocent beasts, without a distinct object in view, could please the eternal God!

    It was Christ to whom Abel looked when he offered a better sacrifice than Cain. Not only was the heart of Abel better than that of his brother, but he showed his knowledge of vicarious sacrifice and his faith in an atonement. He offered the firstlings of his flock, with the blood thereof, and in so doing declared his belief that without shedding of blood there is no remission of sin (Heb. 11:4).

    It was Christ of whom Enoch prophesied in the days of abounding wickedness before the flood. “Behold,” he said, “the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment upon all…” (Jude 14-15).

    It was Christ to whom Abraham looked when he dwelt in tents in the land of promise. He believed that in his seed, in one born of his family, all the nations of the earth should be blessed. By faith he saw Christ’s day, and was glad (John 8:56).

    It was Christ of whom Jacob spoke to his sons, as he lay dying. He marked out the tribe out of which He would be born, and foretold that “gathering together” unto Him which is yet to be accomplished. “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be” (Gen. 49:10).

    It was Christ who was the substance of the ceremonial law which God gave to Israel by the hand of Moses. The morning and evening sacrifice, the continual shedding of blood, the altar, the mercy-seat, the high priest, the Passover, the day of atonement, the scapegoat – all these were so many pictures, types and emblems of Christ and His work. God had compassion upon the weakness of His people.

    It was Christ to whom God directed the attention of Israel by all the daily miracles which were done before their eyes in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud and fire which guided them, the manna from heaven which every morning fed them, the water from the smitten rock – all and each were figures of Christ. The brazen serpent, on that memorable occasion when the plague of fiery serpents was sent upon them, was an emblem of Christ (1 Cor. 10:4; John 3:14).

    It was Christ of whom all the Judges were types. Joshua and Gideon and Jephthah and Samson, and all the rest whom God raised up to deliver Israel from captivity – all were emblems of Christ. All were meant to remind the tribes of that far higher Deliverer who was yet to come.

    It was Christ of whom David the king was a type. Anointed and chosen when few gave him honor, despised and rejected by Saul and all the tribes of Israel, persecuted and obliged to flee for his life, a man of sorrow all his life – and yet at length a conqueror – in all these things David represented Christ.

    It was Christ of whom all the prophets from Isaiah to Malachi spoke. They saw through a glass darkly. They sometimes dwelt on His sufferings, and sometimes on His glory that would follow (1 Pet. 1:11). They did not always mark out for us the distinction between Christ’s first coming and Christ’s second coming. Like two candles in a straight line, one behind the other, they sometimes saw both of the advents at the same time, and spoke of them in one breath. They were sometimes moved by the Holy Spirit to write of the times of Christ crucified, and sometimes of Christ’s kingdom in the latter days. But Jesus dying, or Jesus reigning, was the thought you will ever find uppermost in their minds.

    It is Christ, I need hardly say, of whom the whole New Testament is full. The Gospels are “Christ” living, speaking and moving among men. The Acts are “Christ” preached, published and proclaimed. The Epistles are “Christ” written of, explained and exalted. But all through, from first to last, there is one name above every other, and that is the name of Christ.

Christ Is All in the Religion of All True Christians

    I hold that there is a perfect harmony and unison in the action of the three Persons of the Trinity, in bringing any man to glory, and that all three cooperate and work a joint work in his deliverance from sin and hell. But, at the same time, I see clear proof in Scripture that it is the mind of the blessed Trinity that Christ should be prominently and distinctly exalted in the matter of saving souls. Christ is set forth as the “Word,” through whom God’s love to sinners is made known. Christ’s incarnation and atoning death on the cross is the great cornerstone on which the whole plan of salvation rests. Christ is the way and door, by which alone approaches to God are to be made. Christ is the root into which all elect sinners must be grafted. Christ is the only meeting-place between God and man, between heaven and earth, between the Holy Trinity and the poor sinful child of Adam.

    It is Christ whom God the Father has “sealed” and appointed to convey life to a dead world (John 6:27). It is Christ to whom the Father has given a people to be brought to glory. It is Christ of whom the Spirit testifies, and to whom He always leads a soul for pardon and peace. In short, it has “pleased the Father that in Christ all fullness should dwell” (Col. 1:19). What the sun is in the firmament of heaven, that Christ is in true Christianity.

    Christ is all in a sinner’s justification before God. Through Him alone, we can have peace with a holy God. By Him alone we can have admission into the presence of the Most High, and stand there without fear. “We have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him” (Eph. 3:12). In Him alone can God be just, and justify the ungodly (Rom. 3:26).

    We must come in the name of Jesus, standing on no other ground, pleading no other plea than this, “Christ died on the cross for the ungodly, and I trust in Him. Christ died for me, and I believe on Him.” The garment of our Elder Brother, the righteousness of Christ, this is the only robe which can cover us and enable us to stand in the light of heaven without shame.

    The name of Jesus is the only name by which we shall obtain an entrance through the gate of eternal glory. If we come to that gate in our own names, we are lost, we shall not be admitted, we shall knock in vain. If we come in the name of Jesus, it is a passport and shibboleth, and we shall enter and live.

    The mark of the blood of Christ is the only mark that can save us from destruction. When the angels are separating the children of Adam in the last day, if we are not found marked with that atoning blood, we had better never have been born.

    Oh, let us never forget that Christ must be “all” to that soul who would be justified! We must be content to go to heaven as beggars saved by free grace, simply as believers in Jesus or we shall never be saved at all.

    Is there a laboring, heavy-laden one among the readers of this message? Is there one who wants to be saved, and feels a vile sinner? I say to such a one, “Come to Christ, and He shall save you. Come to Christ, and cast the burden of your soul on Him. Fear not, only believe.”

    Do you fear wrath? Christ can deliver you from the wrath to come. Do you feel the curse of a broken law? Christ can redeem you from the curse of the law. Do you feel far away? Christ has suffered, to bring you nigh to God. Do you feel unclean? Christ’s blood can cleanse all sin away. Do you feel imperfect? You shall be complete in Christ. Do you feel as if you were nothing? Christ shall be “all in all” to your soul. Never did saint reach heaven with any tale but this: “I was washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14).

    Christ is not only all in the justification of a true Christian, but He is also all in his sanctification. No man is ever holy till he comes to Christ and is united to Him. “Without Him, separate from Him, you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

    And no man can grow in holiness, except he abides in Christ. Christ is the great root from which every believer must draw his strength to go forward. The Spirit is His special gift, His purchased gift for His people. A believer must not only receive Christ Jesus the Lord, but walk in Him, and be rooted and built up in Him (Col. 2:6-7).

    Would you be holy? Then Christ is the manna you must daily eat, like Israel in the wilderness of old. Would you be holy? Then Christ must be the rock from which you must daily drink the living water. Would you be holy? Then you must be ever looking unto Jesus, looking at His cross, and learning fresh motives for a closer walk with God; looking at His example, and taking Him for your pattern. Looking at Him, you would become like Him. Looking at Him, your face would shine without your knowing it. Look less at yourself and more at Christ, and you will find besetting sins dropping off and leaving you, and your eyes enlightened more every day (Heb. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18).

    The true secret of coming up out of the wilderness is to come up “leaning on the Beloved” (Song 8:5). The true way to be strong is to realize our weakness and to feel that Christ must be all. The true way to grow in grace is to make use of Christ as a fountain for every minute’s necessities. We should strive to be able to say, “The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).

    I pity those who try to be holy without Christ! Your labor is all in vain. You are putting money in a bag with holes. You are pouring water into a sieve. You are rolling a huge round stone uphill. You are building up a wall with untempered mortar. Believe me, you are beginning at the wrong end. You must come to Christ first, and He shall give you His sanctifying Spirit. You must learn to say with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil. 4:13).

    Christ is not only all in the sanctification of a true Christian, but all in his comfort in time present.

    Jesus is indeed the Brother born for adversity. He is the Friend that sticks closer than a brother, and He alone can comfort His people. He can be touched with the feeling of their infirmities, for He suffered Himself (Heb. 4:15). He knows what sorrow is, for He was a Man of sorrows. He knows what an aching body is for His body was racked with pain. He cried, “All My bones are out of joint” (Psa. 22:14). He knows what poverty and weariness are for He was often wearied and had nowhere to lay His head. He knows what family unkindness is, for even His brethren did not believe Him. He had no honor in His own house.

    And Jesus knows exactly how to comfort His afflicted people. He knows how to pour in oil and wine into the wounds of the spirit, how to fill up gaps in empty hearts, how to speak a word in season to the weary, how to heal the broken heart, how to make all our bed in sickness, how to draw nigh when we are faint, and say, “Fear not, I am Thy salvation” (Lam. 3:57).

    David once said, “In the multitude of my thoughts within me Thy comforts delight my soul” (Psa. 94:19). Many a believer, I am sure, could say as much. “If the Lord Himself had not stood by me, the deep waters would have gone over my soul” (Psa. 124:5).

    But as Christ is all in the comforts of a true Christian time present, so Christ is all in his hopes for time to come.

    And what is the hope of a true Christian? It is just this – that Jesus Christ is coming again, coming without sin, coming with all His people, coming to wipe away every tear, coming to raise His sleeping saints from the grave, coming to gather together all His family, that they may be forever with him.

    “He that shall come will soon come, and will not tarry” (Heb. 10:37). Christ is coming, and that is enough.

Christ Will Be All in Heaven

    I cannot dwell long on this point. I have not power, if I had space and room. I can ill describe things unseen and a world unknown. But this I know, that all men and women who reach heaven, will find that even there also “Christ is all.”

    In the midst of the throne and surrounded by adoring angels and saints, there will be “the Lamb that was slain.” And “the Lamb shall be the light,” of the place (Rev. 5:6-14; 21:23).

    The praise of the Lord Jesus will be the eternal song of all the inhabitants of heaven. They will say with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain!…Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever” (Rev. 5:12-13).

    The service of the Lord Jesus will be one eternal occupation of all the inhabitants of heaven. We shall “serve Him day and night in His temple” (Rev. 7:15).

    The presence of Christ Himself shall be one everlasting enjoyment of the inhabitants of heaven. We shall “see His face,” and hear His voice, and speak with Him as friend with friend (Rev. 22:4). His presence will satisfy all our wants (Psa. 17:15).

    Is Christ all? Then let all His converted people deal with Him as if they really believed it. Let them lean on Him and trust Him far more than they have ever done yet. Alas, there are many of the Lord’s people who live far below their privileges! Christ loves His people to lean on Him, to rest in Him, to call on Him, to abide in Him. Let us all learn and strive to do so more and more. Let us live on Christ. Let us live in Christ. Let us live with Christ. Let us live for Christ. So doing, we shall prove that we fully realize that “Christ is all!”

    Condensed from Holiness by J. C. Ryle.

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In PHYLOSOPHY He is the Way the truth and the Life

In Theology He is God- the Son, the Son of God, Emmanuel- God with us.

In Astronomy, He is the Bright Morning Star

In History, He was, He is and He is to come

In the reference of time, Reference is made in relation to His Birth (BC) or After His Death (AD)

In education, He is the Master Teacher, Master Story-Teller

In Nursing, He is the truly Compassionate-the God of all comfort

In medicine, He is the Great Physician.

He brought soundness to the insane and healed the sick by the word of His mouth

 In the supernatural , He is the Miracle-worker.

In Horticulture, He is the Sweet Rose of Sharon, the Lilly of the Valley.

In Physics He defied the law of gravity by walking on water, rising from the dead and ascending into heaven.

In Geography, whilst things and people can only be in one location at a given time, He is everywhere every time by His Spirit and in Him all things hold together.

In Mathematics, He is incalculable, limitless and has no beginning or end, rather, He is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last and measures the earth with the span of His Hands.

In Literature He has a book which is the Book of books- a best seller of all-time- and He spurns His scarlet thread in that book from Genesis to Revelation.

 

In law, His statutes are settled forever in Heaven and not subject to repeal or amendment according to changing seasons or lifestyles or the whims and caprices of man.

 In Justice, He is the Judge of the judge.

In monarchy, He is the King of kings and Lord of Lords.

 In Government, whilst every government is tenuous, His Government will have no end.

 In authority and Sovereignty, He is Preeminent, unquestionable and surpasses all. He is the head of principalities and powers.

In integrity, He is impeccable and trustworthy.

In power, He is exceedingly abundantly able and all-powerful.

In knowledge, He is omniscient.

So let us worship Him and give Him His rightful place. He deserves our praise and adoration. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

©Fenny West2012

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