He Did Not Spare Even His Own Son!

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32

“Our text tells of the gracious character of our loving God as interpreted by the gift of His Son.  And this, not merely for the instruction of our minds, but for the comfort and assurance of our hearts.  The gift of His own Son is God’s guarantee to His people of all needed blessings.  The greater includes the less;  His unspeakable spiritual gift is the pledge of all needed temporal mercies.  Note in our text four things which should bring comfort to every renewed heart.  The Father’s costly sacrifice. Our God is a giving God and no good thing does He withhold from them that walk uprightly.  The Father’s gracious design.  It was for us that Christ was delivered up; it was our highest and eternal interests that He had at heart.  The Spirit’s infallible inference.  The greater includes the less; the unspeakable Gift guarantees the bestowment of all other needed favors.  The comforting promise. Its sure foundation, its present and future scope, its blessed extent, are for the assuring of our hearts and the peace of our minds.  May the Lord add His blessing to this little meditation.”

Arthur W. Pink quoted from “Climbing the Heights”

Jesus Fastens His Life to Our Life

“My dear friend, one thing is certainly true about Christ.  All that He has ever been He must forever be.  All that He was to those first disciples, He must be ready to be to any one, even the least of His disciples.  His power is nothing at any one point if it is not powerful at all points; nothing, if not eternal.  How is it possible, then, that Christ should do for you and me what he did for Peter and John, and Matthew and Nathanael?  It is not hard to see, and to many people living just such lives as we live it has become the most real of experiences.  Jesus, the Jesus of the Gospels, fastens his life to our life.   By His life and death, bearing witness of His love, He twines Himself into our being.  To love Him becomes a real thing.  He is close by our side.   He is right in our lot every day.  Then as we go on living thus with Him some crisis of our life occurs, some need of action.  We are put to some test, and as we stand doubting, or as we go and do the act in our low way, Christ, right by our side, does it in His higher way.  Not that His hands visibly touch our tools and do the work we have to do.  But it becomes evident to us what He would do under our circumstances, what one only thing it would be possible for Him to do as we are situated.

The gates of that nobler life which He has opened shine before us, and his love draws us on to be with Him.”

Phillips Brooks (Quoted from “Climbing the Heights”)

Redemption

“I am crucified with Christ:  Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and 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.” Galatians 2:20

“Sing, my soul, sing about Redemption, and forget not to revel daily in its rich refrain:– ‘The Son of God who loved me and gave  Himself for me.’  Here is love’s ultimate goal– ‘Me.’  The poor, wretched, guilty, vile sinner is looked upon, longed for, and loved.  Jesus, the tender, sympathizing Saviour, has set His holy heart upon the sinner.  He must seek him; He must save him; He must succor him; He must have him.  Oh, blessed be God that I am that sinner and Jesus is my Saviour.

Here is Love’s uttermost gesture:–‘gave Himself for me.’  To gain the sinner, to gather the guilty, to rescue the rebel, to lure the lost, Love will go to the uttermost gesture of grace and give Himself a ransom for all, including me.  It is indeed an uttermost gesture.  He cannot do more.  He will not do less.  It is Love’s uttermost limit of love.”

John Ridley

Daily Meditation on God’s Love

“It’s essential for us to think about God’s love today because it is only his love that can grant us the joy that will strengthen  our hearts, the courage that will embolden us in our fight against sin, and the assurance that will enable us to open up our lives to him so that he might deal powerfully with our unbelief and idolatry.  If we’re not completely convinced that his love is ours right now-fully and unalterably ours-we’ll always hide in the shadows, focusing on our performance, fearing his wrath.  Prayer will be hard because we won’t want to approach him or be transparent before him.  Witnessing will be a chore, for who would want to talk to others about a god who is demanding, angry, or cold?  If we don’t consciously live in the light of his love, the gospel will be secondary, virtually meaningless, and Jesus Christ will fade into insignificance.  Our faith will become all about us, our performance, and how we think we’re doing, and our transformation will be hindered.

What must we remember?  Simply that God loves us so much that he crushed his Son so that we might be his and that this love isn’t based on our worthiness or performance.  His love doesn’t fluctuate from day to day.  It was settled the moment he set it upon you before the foundation of the world.”

Elyse Fitzpatrick “Because He Loves Me”

Heart’s Ease

“Oh set your hearts to the consideration of the incomparable unparalleled love of Jesus, in dying that cursed death of the cross for sinners.  Consider and meditate, hold your hearts to it, until your hearts be affected with His love, His love that passeth the love of women, love passing understanding.  And consider how well He deserves and how much He challenges your love.  Consider once again, what a most lovely person Jesus is, who is altogether lovely, the “brightness of his Father’s glory, in whom dwells all fullness,” Heb 1:3, and in whom is all power in heaven and earth, Matt. 28:18, and labor to affect your hearts with His most admirable excellencies, and then come unto Him weary and heavy laden with your sins, willing to part with them all; give up your whole selves to Him, give Him your whole hearts, and take Him for your Head and Husband, for your only Lord and Savior; enter actually into covenant with Him, to become His, and His alone, and  His forever.  Thus work out your salvation and your consolation, by believing in Jesus, in blessed, all-sufficient Jesus, trusting to Him, be trusting all with Him, and God will work in you “both to will and to do.” Phil. 2:12, 13.  Use these means in the strength of God, and doubt not, but in the use of them, you shall obtain this precious faith; which having and acting, you shall find it to be your heart’s ease in all your heart trouble.”

John Bunyan “Heart’s Ease in Heart Trouble”

The Immeasurable Love of Christ

“Act your faith on Christ as yours, your Jesus, He that died for you, He that sweated great drops of blood for you in the garden, wrestling and grappling with His Father’s wrath for you in your name and stead there, and upon the cross.  Consider, that this your dearest Jesus, now in glory, knows your souls in adversity; He seeth all the trouble of your hearts.  He sympathizeth wtih you in your afflictions.  His heart, now in heaven, ‘is touched with the feeling of your infirmities’ on earth. Heb. 4:15  He hath human nature still, though glorified.  He feels our losses, crosses, griefs, pains and sorrows.  His heart, His most tender heart, is affected.  Oh that we could but believe this!  and thus consider with ourselves.  Here I sit solitary as a widow, or a widower, or childless, or fatherless, or motherless, or friendless; my family is broken; I feel pains and sickness; I am deprived of my liberty, my sweet relations and comfortable friends are laid in the dust; I have none about me to counsel or comfort me; I am brought low in the world; my estate is diminished, my honor and reputation lost, my pleasure gone, my flesh faileth me, my strength faileth, lovers and friends fail me, etc.  Such complaints we are apt enough to make, and it may be worse than these.  My God hath forsaken me, He hides His face from me; I am compassed about with temptations, and dejecting and distracting thoughts.  I am persecuted, banished from house and home, all my outward and inward comforts fail me.  These have been the cases and conditions of God’s dearest servants, as Job, David, Heman, and others; but yet let not your hearts be troubled for all this.  ‘Ye believe in God,’ act your faith on God, yea, and act it on Christ also:  believe in Jesus, look up by faith unto Jesus your dear Lord.  Whatsoever, whomsoever you have lost you have not lost your Jesus, your best Friend, your heavenly Husband.  You have His eye, His tender watchful provident eye upon you still.  You have His ear, open to your cries still.  Yea, you have His everlasting arms underneath you to sustain you still, for else you would sink.  Oh then, act faith upon the sweet nature of Christ as your Head and Husband.  ‘Can a mother forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?’ Isa. 49:15 Possibly she may.  But can Jesus forget those whom He died for, and travailed for? No, no, He will not hide His face forever.  He will never forget His people.  Your maker is your Husband; and He is the Father of Mercies.”

John Bunyan (Heart’s Ease in Heart Trouble)