Sunday, August 12, 2012


” When the news of the Savior's birth was told in Jerusalem, it should have caused every heart to beat for joy, to see the blessed Messiah fill the hope of every generation. But just the opposite was true-- Christ's coming alarmed these men as if an enemy, not a Savior, had arrived.
But, one might reason, even though men faltered at accepting Christ's lowly birth and parentage, surely they would worship Him when the rays of His divinity started shining through all the miracles and wonders that followed this Man. When His own lips showed His authority and told the joyful message He brought from the Father, would they not thirstily drink in the salvation preached to them? No, they persisted in cursed unbelief and obstinate rejection of the Christ.
Although the Scripture, which the Jews seemed to adore, so fully testified for Christ that it accused them to their own consciences, they still refused Jesus. Christ warned, "Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life" John 5:39-40. They did want life, but chose to lose it rather than come to Him for it.
Has the world changed much since then? Does Christ in His Gospel meet with any kinder welcome today? The invitation He offers is still the same: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" Matthew 28:11.  The worst that Christ does to those who come to Him is to put them into a place of life and salvation; yet thousands somehow expect to hear better news from the world and relegate the Gospel to a foreign language, which does not concern them, at least for the present. They like to keep the Gospel at a comfortable distance, assuming there will be time enough to take care of it when they are about to enter the next world.”
Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell.

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