"And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him."
"Then said Jesus, Father forgive them; for they know not what they do."
Silently He stood as they heaped upon Him all the pain and indignity they could muster.
- They spat in His face;
- Slapped and buffeted Him;
- Filled the air with their curses;
- Crushed a crown of thorns onto His brow;
- Laid open His back like a plowed field;
- Smashed spikes through his hands and feet.
At last He opened His mouth. I wonder if they quieted as they saw He would finally speak. Into the stillness He prayed, "Father forgive them." (S.M.)
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"And He said, 'My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest'. And he said unto Him, 'if Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence'."
Let us take these words not so much for a sketch of unknown months, but just for today. Are they not wonderful? "If Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence" - for indeed I cannot think of even one hour without Thee. "My presence shall go with thee" - with thee through this day. "And I will give thee rest."
The God of Hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing that in very truth His presence will go with us throughout this day. (Amy Carmichael - Whispers of His Power)
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"In this world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
“…Long ago in days of yore a king once placed a heavy stone in the roadway. Then he hid and waited to see who would remove it. Many who came by loudly blamed the kings government for not keeping the roadways clear, but none assumed the duty of clearing the obstacle out of the way. At last a poor man stopped and rolled it into the gutter. To his surprise he found a bag full of gold embedded in the road beneath the spot where the rock had been. A note said it was the king's reward for the person who removed the troublesome object.
God places the obstacles on the road we travel for a purpose. By them He tests our faithfulness, brings spiritual growth, turns our attention heavenward and brings special blessings.
Hidden under the rock of every trial is a special blessing. Roll your burden on the Lord, and you will discover the blessing. (From a reader - S.L.)
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"As He is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4:17)
"Ye are complete in Him." (Colossians 2:10)
"Accepted in the beloved." (Ephesians 1:6)
The believer is united to Christ. He is complete as to his standing before God. Nor can we ever lose this perfect standing. It is impossible that a single member of Christ's body can ever for one moment be out of that condition of perfect favour in which he has been set by God's free grace in union with a crucified, risen, and glorified Head.
He may lose the sense of it, the comfort of it, the power of it; but the thing itself he cannot lose. It is his unalterable standing in Christ. Clouds may overcast the sun and hide from our view his genial beams; but the sun shines all the while with undiminished luster. The believer is accepted, once and forever, in Christ. He is united to Him by a link that can never be severed.
It is not until we believe that we enter into this blessed position. The foundation of it all was laid in the death and resurrection of Christ; but it is only when we, by the power of the Holy Spirit, receive into our hearts the precious truth of the gospel that we enter into the enjoyment of it. "In whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise." (Ephesians 1:13) (Christian Truth - Vol. 15 -September 1962)
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