"He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost." (John 19:30)
The Lord Jesus made it clear that He was on His way to the cross. Even to one who asked to follow Him, He responded, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay (Gk., klino) His head." Foxes live in holes on earth, but there was nowhere on earth to lay His head. Birds live in nests in the heavens, but there was nowhere for Jesus to lay His head. Only there, on the cross, between heaven and earth, was found the place where the Lord Jesus bowed (Gk., klimo) His head for you, for me. (Rex Trogdon)
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"Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake? . . . Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God unto him? (2 Samuel 9:1,3)
King Saul had not been kind to David, but all that is forgotten. David remembers the one lovely thing that came from that house. "Whatsoever things are . . . lovely
. . . think on these things" (Philippians 4:8); leave the rest - forget them - that is the word that shines forth here.
Would it not be good to get into the way of looking out for chances to show kindness over and above duties? These words might be well written up, if not on the walls of our rooms, then on the walls of our hearts. "is there any that I might show him kindness? Is there any that I might show the kindness of God unto him?" (Amy Carmichael - Edges of His Ways)
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"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
Until a man is lost he cannot be found. Christ died for sinners, and one must first be a sinner before he can be saved. One would suppose that Jesus would call unto Himself "good" people. But then He would not have come to this world, for when He came unto this world there were no "good" people in it. All were sinners, all were lost, all were under condemnation. David says about all of us, "They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one" (Psalm 14:3) Have you seen yourself as a lost sinner?
The great George Whitfield had a wayward brother who one night heard the evangelist preach and came under deep conviction. Meeting with some friends for lunch after the service, he burst out in tears, and unable to eat or drink cried out, I am a lost man." A Christian lady at the table replied, "What did you say?" "I said I am a lost man!" "I am so glad of that," replied the lady," I am so glad you are lost!" Amazed and surprised, the miserable man cried, "How can you be so cruel, so heartless to say you are glad I'm lost?" But she replied, "Yes, I'm so happy you are lost, I'm so happy about it for the Bible says, 'The Son of man is come to save that which was lost' " (Matthew 18:11). With tears streaming down his cheeks he saw the light and cried out, "then He came to save me - for I am that lost one." And then and there he received Christ and was saved. An hour later he was dead - but not until after he had been found.
If you have never done so - then take your place as a sinner NOW - and trust Christ to save you. (Selected)
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