TDR: 25 September (Matthew 22:42)

‘What think you of Christ?’ (Matthew 22:42)

Dear friends, let us enquire what we think of Jesus this morning? What do we think of His divinity, as one with the Father? Of His humanity, as one with us? Of His complex person, as God and man in one Christ?

What do we think of His one sacrifice for sin? What do we think of His grace as displayed in the whole work of our redemption? What think we of His word, as the ground of our hope, the source of our comfort, and the rule of our lives?

What do we think of His kingdom? What do we think of His coming? How do we think of Jesus? Do we think of Him frequently as of a subject full of pleasure? And naturally, as we do of refreshing food? Pleasantly, as of choice and delightful music? Or, only seldom, and then with gloom, and without love and ardent desire?

What does our thinking of Christ produce? Does it produce desire, contrition, love, trust, resolution, prayer, action? What are we willing to suffer for Christ? What are we willing to part with for Christ? What can we cheerfully give to Christ, to feed His poor, or to help His cause?

If ask’d what of Jesus I think,
Though still my best thoughts are but poor,
I say, He’s my meat and my drink,
My Life, and my strength, and my store.
My Shepherd, my Husband, my Friend,
My Saviour from sin, and from thrall;
My Hope from beginning to end,
My portion, my Lord, and my all.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘AUG. The cholera is raging, and death rides in triumph. I have lost one of my deacons, and four members of the church by it. Amidst all, my own mind is kept calm and my general health is good. The Lord be praised. I feel to be in a waiting posture, not knowing what the Lord intends to do with me, but I feel willing that the Lord should do just as he pleases.’