‘To you then, who believe, he is precious’ (1 Peter 2:7)
YES – Jesus is precious to every believer: however Christians may differ upon some points, they all agree in this, JESUS IS PRECIOUS. They cannot always feel towards him as they wish, but they always have one and the same opinion of Him. He is precious in His person, word, work, blood, righteousness and intercession: as prophet, priest and King; in every name He wears, every character He bears, every relation He fills, and every office He sustains; so precious that none can be compared with Him.
His people love Him, but none of them think they love Him enough; they adore Him, but mourn over their want of fervour when addressing Him; they prefer Him above all things and consider Him altogether lovely.
Do you find Christ precious this morning? If He was to be sold, what would you give for Him? If you could be gratified, how would you feel towards Him? He is precious to poor sensible sinners; to strong believers; to holy angels; and to God our heavenly Father.
Is he that to you? Live near to Him, be intimate with Him and you will feel Him precious. The more you know of Him, the more you will prize Him.
Hail, thou ever blessed Jesus,
Only thee I wish to sing,
To my soul thy name is precious,
Thou my Prophet, Priest and King.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘In most of the towns and villages around… I preached three times on the Lord’s day, and generally five evenings in the week. Here my ministry was greatly blessed and many were converted to God, the chapel became crowded and believers were added to the Lord. These were my joy then, and will be my crown of rejoicing when my Master appears.’