‘I am the Living One’ (Revelation 1:18)
Jesus once died in our place. He now lives at the right hand of God. He is the fountain of life. Because He lives, His people shall also live. He lives in heaven to see the travail of His soul, in the regeneration, sanctification, preservation, and glorification of His beloved family.
He lives to intercede for them, to sympathise with them and to pour down blessings upon them. He lives to watch over them, to counsel and direct them, and to save them for evermore. He lives to execute the purposes of the Father, to manage all the concerns of His Church, and to glorify us with Himself for evermore.
Gracious Saviour! Earthly friends may die, but You live forever; temporary comforts may be lost, but we still have a place in Your heart; You are our Friend before Your Father’s throne. May we ever remember that Jesus lives – He who was dead, is He who is alive forevermore, and He has the keys of hell and of death.
Oh to live for Him on earth, who lives for us in heaven! Oh, to live like Him, that as He is, so we may be in this world – representatives of God and holiness! Oh, to live by faith in Him, in sweet and holy fellowship with Him!
He lives – the great Redeemer lives!
What joy the blest assurance gives.
And now, before his Father God,
Pleads the full merits of his blood.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘Surely our lives ought to be crowned with gratitude and praise! We ought indeed to be living epistles of Christ, known and read of all people. May we be enabled to honour him, who hath chosen us to be his soldiers… Lord, light us up, that we may give light to all around us, and so attract many poor dark sinners to the light of life.’