And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8.
Jesus carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men. He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Through childhood, youth, and manhood, He walked alone. Yet it was heaven to be in His presence. Day by day He met trials and temptations; day by day He was brought into contact with evil, and witnessed its power upon those whom He was seeking to bless and to save. Yet He did not fail nor become discouraged.
In all things He brought His wishes into strict abeyance to His mission. He glorified His life by making everything in it subordinate to the will of His Father. When in His youth, His mother, finding Him in the school of the rabbis, said, “Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with us?” He answered, and His answer is the keynote of His life-work,—“How is it that ye sought Me? wist ye not that I must be about My Father’s business?”—Gospel Workers, 42.
The same devotion, the same consecration, the same subjection to the claims of the Word of God, that were manifest in Christ, must be seen in His servants. He left His home of security and peace, left the glory that He had with the Father before the world was, left His position upon the throne of the universe, and went forth, a suffering tempted man; went forth in solitude, to sow in tears, to water with His blood the seed of life for a lost world.—Gospel Workers, 111.
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—-Please pray for our church as many of our members have covid. Rose
—-Please pray for my mom who has a severe brain aneurysm. G
—-I have pneumonia and I am getting worse not better. Can’t breathe and am alone. Melaura
Occasionally, waves of homesickness sweep over me. I long for my childhood home with my grandparents, During those times I type in my old address and just stare at my home with longing to go inside and see what changes have been made and what is the same. It excites and comforts me somehow.
We each have something far more important and far more exciting than childhood memories found on the Internet. Do we share the good news of salvation with the same enthusiasm as I have when I see the home and neighborhood of my childhood? Does it animate our very being to think of Jesus and His great love for us? Do we joyfully speak of His soon coming?
Our Dear Saviour has given us a work to do before He comes. He bids us, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matt 28:19, 20 Think of it! We can hurry or delay His coming by whether we share the Good News with those we meet.
May we get as excited over Jesus’ love as I do over seeing something from my childhood. May we joyfully share Him with all around us. May we take seriously Paul’s admonition to Timothy, “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Tim 4:1-8