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  1.  09_Sept_Whose Image Is On You 1

    I was listening to a sermon online a little while ago which was both encouraging and challenging at the same time, and for a few moments the preacher covered the incident in which the Lord Jesus was challenged about to whom they should give tribute:

    "And they watched him, and sent forth spies;
    which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words,
    that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.
    And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly,
    neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly:
    Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?
    But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?
    Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it?
    They answered and said, Caesar's.
    And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's,
    and unto God the things which be God's.
    And they could not take hold of his words before the people:
    and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace."
    Luke 20: 21-26.

    The preacher went on to elaborate on a fictitious question or two that could have followed that can easily be applied to our own heart.

    If the conversation continued at that point, what would they have replied instead of holding their peace? Perhaps they would have asked Him: "If the tribute money then goes to Caesar because his image is on it, what do we render to God?" To which the Lord would have probably asked: "Whose image and superscription is on you?"

    What a soul searching question this is,
    and doesn't such a question deserve an answer?

    How about one from the Bible? We can't find a better answer to a question like that anywhere else:

    "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
    and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,
    and over the cattle, and over all the earth,
    and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;
    male and female created he them."
    Genesis 1: 26-27.

    What a responsibility we have as part of God's marvellous creation to fulfil the role we were created for! However, this is not as daunting as you may first think. Perhaps after a few lines from my heart to yours you might be either challenged as to which direction your life is headed, or you may be comforted to understand just how precious you are to the One whose image you and I bear.

    Of course not much has changed in essence since this incident happened as recorded in the Bible; for we have to pay our way through taxes, rates and utility bills etc., to the powers that be, and most if not all of us benefit from the resources for which we are paying. And we all must respect those who are in leadership whether or not they are right or wrong in carrying out their responsibilities.

    But here is the thing -
    while we are alive and have breath we owe our devotion to the One who gave our lives to us!

    It is a rather sad fact that most people feel that God is holding out on them, and refuse to surrender anything to Him let alone everything!  And all the while in doing so they are denying access to the only One who 'can fully satisfy the longing soul and fill the hungry soul with goodness.' (See Psalm 107: 9.)

    What is it that keeps people away from the Master of all Masters? It is the presence of sin in their lives that separates us from Him and deceives everyone into thinking that we do not need God in our lives, when the opposite is the truth.

    The coming of Jesus into the world all those years ago was not to give us a story to tell at Christmas, which for many has been reduced to 'fairy tale' status, and bears no relevance to the needs we have in 2020!

    But the truth is - He did come, and He came with a specific purpose. The Bible tells us: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners". I Timothy 1: 15. God gave to mankind His law to reveal to everyone their need His mercy. No one can ever keep His perfect law because basically it is reflection of His perfect, pure, and holy character. The Bible tells us of the law that 'it is our 'schoolmaster' to bring us to Christ'. (See Galatians 3: 24.)

    Just take an honest look at the Ten Commandments in Exodus Chapter 20, and you will understand how unlike God in our character we really are! And when we understand our dilemma we can then begin to appreciate that only God in His righteousness can solve this issue, and that is the reason why Jesus died on the cross.

    This is how people are saved from the eternal consequences of their sin. He has done all that is necessary. We cannot make any contribution other than comply with God's requirement to acknowledge our sin before Him, repent of it, and trust in His beloved Son with all our heart.

    The words of the hymn writer express beautifully what our response ought to be to such great love and mercy to the likes of people like ourselves:

    'Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    that were an offering far too small.
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    demands my soul, my life, my all.'
    - Isaac Watts

    And so if we were to go back to the question: 'and what do we render to God?' answered by the all important one: 'whose image is on you?' What would your answer be?

    Surely it ought to be something like this: 'I owe to the living God whose image I bear, whose love towards me is beyond comprehension all that I am and have!' And seeing as: 'tribute to whom tribute is due' applies to ourselves, then all of us owe to God all that are and all we have!

    So what holds us back? Do we still think that God is holding out on us? Do we really think that we are going to lose out in any way if we surrender our all unto Him?

    Let me tell you as I know by experience, God will never withhold from one of His people any good thing, seeing as He went to the extreme to make us His own in the first place. This is how the Bible says it: "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8: 32.

    Those to whom we give tribute in this world do not benefit us in the same way God does for those who withhold nothing from Him. We not only have a home in heaven to look forward to, but we have the promise of His presence with us every day. And everything He imparts to His people by far exceeds the value, the glory and the strength of the best this world could ever give.

    The life He gives
    "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10: 10.

    The satisfaction He gives
    "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4: 14.

    The quality of Life He gives
    "The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble." Proverbs 4: 18-19.

    His Truth
    "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8: 32.

    The liberty He gives
    "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8: 36.

    The peace He gives
    "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
    And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4: 6-7.

    Pure Joy
    "Jesus Christ:  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." 1 Peter 1: 7-8.

    Heavenly riches
    "[He] hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2: 6-7.

    Grace, Peace & Promises
    "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature ... " 2 Peter 1: 2-4.

    Well, as you can see for yourself, God doesn't give to those who fully surrender to Him anything by half measures. So be sure to give to Him that which is rightly His and just you wait and see what there is in store for you as a result.

    "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
    Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.!
    Ephesians 3: 20-21.

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    There is but a step of faith between you and the One whose image you bear.
    Why not take it today?

    Here's how  - It's as simple as 'ABC'



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  2. 08_Aug_When God Speaks1

    While on a walk a little while ago I was recollecting a message I heard online, and the speaker shared a memory he had of how the Lord 'spoke' to him during an intense period of suffering prior to the death of their baby daughter. It came as a reminder to him of a particular verse of Scripture that perfectly fitted his situation to give to him and his wife hope in the midst of their gloom.

    He used this as an illustration in order to make a point to bring comfort and encouragement to people who are going through a season of suffering, to trust that the Lord is there as He promised His people He would be even in the darkest moments of life.

    My husband reflected for a moment or two and said: 'God doesn't speak to me like that! I wish He would. Others get to 'hear' God speaking to them but I don't!"

    I thought for a moment and whispered up a little prayer for wisdom, then answered: "I believe the Lord speaks to everybody, but we are rarely quiet enough to hear Him. There is too much noise in the lives of most of us to allow God to be 'heard'!

    When God speaks and is heard, it isn't because the one who is listening is any better than someone else, because all God's people are precious and loved beyond reckoning to Him, and He desires to be heard by them all. What He wants is for each of His people to value the quietness and stillness enough to arrange some of our own so we can get in tune with Him.

    But how does He communicate with us? After all, can anyone really hear Him nowadays? Most definitely yes! But I am not talking about hearing an audible voice, I am speaking of what the Bible describes as 'a still small voice' that is on a totally different wavelength to what our ears pick up.

    Firstly, let me help you to understand that God loves every member of the human race so much and is not willing that anyone should perish. Sadly it is the presence of sin in the life of an individual that separates them from God and His very best for them, for time and or eternity.

    So, for those people who are not familiar with what the Bible says, He will often give that person a 'wakeup call'! Perhaps through a newsworthy event such as this awful Covid crisis, or through the death of a loved one, or perhaps through a narrow escape.  He may speak through the birth of a baby, or maybe through the marvel of creation itself.

    He is not limited as to how He is going to get somebody's attention.
    He is Sovereign after all!

    God has a way of tugging on the heart strings in order to bring them eventually by faith to the cross where Jesus died as their Substitute. He will meet them there with abundant mercy and forgiveness, the power and authority to live a new life, and the promise of a home in heaven soon to come.

    What an amazing package this is! Although this is free to those who trust in Him with all their heart, remember, all this had to be paid for. It might be free for us, but it cost God His very best. It cost Him His Son; His only Son in whom was all His delight!

    But He is a delight to all who trust in Him also; for Jesus is a living Saviour, and He promises His constant companionship, so we will never be all alone on our heaven bound journey ...

    "... for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
    Hebrews 13: 5.

    The Lord Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd and those who have trusted in Him are likened unto sheep - sheep who were once astray but now by His grace have become His sheep. And this is what He said about this wonderful aspect of the relationship we have with Him:

    "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep ..."
    "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine ..."
    "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
    And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
    neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
    John 10: 11, 14, 27-28.

    Today we are privileged to either have a Bible of our own or we have have access to one. This is the reliable source of God's Word, and how He speaks to our hearts. This is the final say so.

    But what happens when we are possibly aware that God is speaking to us personally? Does He even do this nowadays? Once again I would have to say absolutely yes!

    How does He do this? The same way He uses to get the unbeliever's attention! Again it could be through life's circumstances, or through His marvellous creation. Maybe through  the lyrics of a song or hymn, or even through what appears to be a coincidence etc., and a whole host of other ways.  Once again ...

    He is not limited as to how He is going to get our attention;
    for He is God, and He is Sovereign.

    But one thing is for certain, and this is of utmost importance: whatever thought has come into your heart as a result of something you have heard or seen, for you to know it came from God, it absolutely must be verified by the Word of God. As in my case when I suspect that the Lord is communicating something to me, it usually reminds me of a verse or passage of Scripture from where I get the lesson I need to learn or the truth He was conveying through whatever means He used to grab my attention.

    As I shared with a loved one recently, a simple little sparrow ought to remind us of the intricate care of our heavenly Father for us; for it was our Lord who said: "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father ... Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." Matthew 10: 29-31. Well, when he sends one little sparrow to sit on the roof top in view from my kitchen window almost every day, I get the feeling that the Lord is telling me something. :)

    How about gazing up into the night sky and seeing all those stars out there. Did you know each one has been named by God who made them? At such a magnificent sight I remember the words of the Psalmist beautiful words:

    "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
    Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
    There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard."
    Psalm 19: 1-3.
    "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars,
    which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him?"
    Psalm 8: 3-4.

    And a question like that always leads us back to the abundant grace and mercy of God for such unworthy folks like ourselves!

    The scope is limitless because God is limitless, and the Christian life is a wonderful relationship with such a One as this! He has gone to the ultimate length to draw us into a precious relationship with Him. But this is by no means a silent and lonely walk.

    Our Christian life is a vibrant relationship with the living God, and our communication with Him is a constant two way conversation, which explains why there may be times when He speaks to us when we are not reading our Bible.

    I believe the secret to hearing God's voice 'speaking' to us is allowing 'the word of Christ dwell richly in the heart in all wisdom'. (See Colossians 3: 16.) With a heart full of the Word of God and the love of it there is plenty of scope for God to speak and be heard.

    The relationship we have with our beloved Lord and Saviour ought to be one that is deepening and becoming more enriched with every passing day.  This is His desire for us, so that when we reach the end of our journey on earth and it is time to be received into His presence He will be no stranger to us, nor us to Him. We will know Him that well because He will have been speaking with us along the way - and we will have been listening.

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    Is it possible that you 'hear' God speaking to your heart while reading this today?
    The Bible says 'To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts" Hebrews 3: 15.
    Now is the time to trust Him and begin a brand new life all cleansed and forgiven and ready for heaven.

    Here's how  - It's as simple as 'ABC'


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  3. 07_Jul_Come Sit With Me1

    Every now and then my mind goes into thoughts about a particular Bible account that has to be among my favourites. It wouldn't be the first time I have written about the incident I am about to cover once again but this time I am looking at this from a slightly different angle.  Each time I muse over the happenings in a home in Bethany something new crops up equally as lovely as the last thing I found.

    Please allow me to take you back once again to Luke chapter 10 where we read about Martha and Mary:

     "Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village:
    and a certain woman named Martha received [Jesus] into her house.
    And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
    But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said,
    Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?
    bid her therefore that she help me.
    And Jesus answered and said unto her,
    Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
    But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part,
    which shall not be taken away from her."
    Luke 10: 38-42.

    Mary has always been an inspiration to me, and a long time ago someone very dear to me told me something that was a great encouragement to my soul. This is what he said: "Study yourself to be a Mary; the one who 'sat at the feet of Jesus and heard His Word.' If you want to know what is in the heart of the Lord Jesus, this is the place where you will find it. And when you do, you will know what He wants you to do." (Robert McPheat.)

    This has to be among of the very best words of advice I have ever heard. I will never forget those loving words of encouragement as long as I live; because I live in the good of such advice every day!

    And I would encourage everyone reading this to do the same; for you will never regret such advice.

    Mary had an insight into the Lord's character that very few understood. She knew who He was and why He came and it showed in her actions when under pressure. And there was something about her quiet confidence in her beloved Lord that made it easy for other people to trust the Saviour for themselves. The Bible tells us that:

     "... Many of the Jews which came to Mary,
    and had seen the things which Jesus did,
    believed on him."
    John 11: 45.

    And although what I would like to convey to you includes Mary, I want to draw your attention this time to Martha, because I believe she gets more than her fair share of bad press whenever this account is read and spoken about.

    Even while searching for other's thoughts about Martha, I could not find one article or even one picture that showed what I believe was the Lord's understanding of Martha. And I am very deeply persuaded that what we are often taught isn't necessarily what the Bible is actually teaching!

    Let us set the scene once again and see the Lord sitting and quietly speaking to all that were in Martha's home. Everyone was listening but perhaps only one person was actually 'hearing' Him ... and that was Mary. There she was, at His feet and soaking up every word, every breath, every inflection, and every gesture.

    His words were not just teachings but they were life to Mary, and she was totally immersed in the truth He was expressing. Perhaps if she were to have been asked about their value to her, she may have replied something like this: "I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food." Job 23: 12

    Now let us step back for a moment and notice something going on in the kitchen area of the house. Martha is busy! But something is wrong! She is a little heavy handed with pots and pans. Perhaps she is sighing a little more than she would have done some other time. Her heart is hurting and she is irritated. And suddenly, she had enough!

    She left the kitchen and waited politely for a moment to break in and appeal to Jesus for some help. The very presence of her sister sitting so content and listening with such deep interest was probably making Martha feel even more agitated!

    For a moment of time the Lord in His kindness and mercy gave to Martha His undivided attention with a gentle but profoundly deep admonition. He said: "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

    I don't think it is too great a stretch of imagination to hear the unspoken invitation of the Lord to Martha to 'come, choose the good part as well while you can - the catering can wait for a bit.'

    In that silent moment while Martha was contemplating what to do, perhaps she saw her sister gently gesturing her to 'come sit with me, and listen to our beloved Lord'.

    I have every reason to believe that something like this must have happened because at a later time in John's Gospel we read of Martha in the kitchen once again, but something is different, this time she is happy and content to serve while others are reclined at the table with the Lord.

    And if ever there was a time for her to feel a little agitated it would have been this time, because this is the occasion  when Mary honoured the Lord with her extravagant gift of anointing and fragrant oil, but the Bible doesn't mention anyone being upset about what Mary did ... except Judas the betrayer! Something must have happened to her heart to change her attitude and brighten her demeanour. (See John 12: 1-8.)

    Could it be that she chose to accept Mary's invitation to 'come, sit with me' at the feet of Jesus?

    Well, the Bible doesn't say so, but I do believe that it is safe to assume this is what she did, because there is no one like the Lord Himself to have such a marked effect on a person's whole outlook on life.

    I am sorry that a look at Martha in this light is very rare but I believe this is very much in keeping with the character of the beloved Lord that I have come to know and learned to love. I know He wouldn't have left disgruntled Martha still disgruntled after speaking to her with such compassion and understanding.

    How about you? Is life so demanding that you are feeling suffocated while others appear to be unfazed. Let me tell you that the advice I was given long ago is rather like the gesture of Mary to 'come, sit with me'.

    To me it was a wonderful invitation come and sit at the feet of the Lord, and hear His Word for myself.  And it has not only been a delight to my soul but I believe it has been a delight to His also. After all, his love is supreme and very tender, and I am sure that it must warm His heart if we hear Him when He speaks!

    So here is my invitation to you to 'come, sit with me!' Leave the busyness, and the hustle and bustle aside for a while just to hear a word or two from the heart of the Lord to yours. You will be forever glad you did! Oh, and everything that was important and demanding attention will all get done just the same, only now, it will be accomplished with peace in your heart like never before.

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    The Lord Jesus is waiting long and patiently for you to trust in him with all your heart.
    You too can know the joy in your heart of 'hearing His Word' and the assurance of a home in heaven.

    Here's how  - It's as simple as 'ABC'


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  4. 06_Beside the Still Waters1

    During one of those times outside and getting air and exercise we went to what has to be one of my favourite places - Queen's Valley Reservoir. It was a beautiful sunny day with nothing more than a gentle breeze to refresh us as we made our way around this lovely body of water which is rather like a mini lake.

    Sometimes when we go there the water is all troubled because of the elements but not that day! The day we visited the water was like a mill pond! The sunlight played on the ripples which enhanced the beauty of where we were, and I couldn't help but be reminded of the above verse from Psalm 23.

    Still waters are a place where the Shepherd leads His sheep. Such is the intricate and loving care of the beloved Lord Jesus, 'my Shepherd'

    ... maybe He's your Shepherd also!

    He doesn't need to drag us there, He leads. He doesn't push us there, He leads. He is not following along in case we just so happen to come across a place of stillness and rest - He leads us there!

    Did you notice also that the Shepherd doesn't lead his sheep 'into' the still waters but 'beside' them! And there is a good reason for this; because if we got in, the waters would not be still anymore! Any movement we made would send ripples out and disturb the tranquillity of the moment.

    Now, although there may be times when we are called upon to go through certain trials and suffering which are pictured in the Bible as waters, or rivers, or even fire through which we must pass, God has promised these will not overcome us because He will be with us. (See Isaiah 43: 2.) But the waters to which the Shepherd leads are 'still waters', and He leads us there for a specific purpose.

    There are lessons to learn from a situation like this that we would not learn elsewhere.

    You see, still waters are like a mirror reflecting the sky looking down on them, and the clouds silently passing overhead. The still waters catch the sunlight and translate it into beautiful flashes of sparkling radiance. You cannot help but receive an essence of joy at such a sight of such illuminated beauty.

    Life is full of ups and downs. It has its joys and its sorrows, and it has its dark days and light days. And just like the sea or a body of water like the one where we often visit, life can be subject to external disturbances and our peace can get all ruffled!

    Ahh, but where He leads is somewhere very different! Under the Shepherd's loving care and following the Shepherd's leading, we are taken to a place of calmness deep within the soul that none can disturb.

    When we who are so often beset with cares, worries and trials, the Bible encourages us and instructs us as to what to do:

    "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
    let your requests be made known unto God.
    And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
    Philippians 4: 6-7.

    'The peace of God, which passeth all understanding'! Does this not sound rather like those still waters where the Shepherd leads His sheep? This is a stillness that is ever so much deeper than merely what's on the surface. Deep as our minds and thoughts are maybe!

    In spite of our circumstances through which we must all pass, this peace is found in abundance only in the One who is able to give it freely, enabling His people to remain in a state of quietness and serenity while going through a trial of one sort or another. The Lord Jesus invited us to:

    "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
    for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
    Matthew 11: 28-30.

    He stands in the midst of a troubled world and calls for His people to come to Him; the 'good Shepherd' who not only 'knows' the way but IS the way.

    There is one thing we must do therefore in order to appreciate what it is He is communicating to us - we must follow!

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    The Lord Jesus is the 'Shepherd' of those who trust in Him.

    Here's how He can be your Shepherd as well.
    It's as simple as ... 'ABC'



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  5. 05_May_Social Distancing1

    Such is the way of life these days! Gone are those days when we jostled in shopping malls, grocery stores and other public places. Gone for a time are those special moments when we can embrace a loved one. I wonder if and when this crisis comes to an end what life is going to look like. For the time being it looks like 'social distancing' is going to continue to be enforced long after lock-down until someone can come up with a remedy to this dilemma.

    Of course there is a very good reason why we have to stay the safe 'six feet away' from one another in order to keep from spreading this horrible virus, or at least slow it down so everyone is not getting sick at the same time.

    However, there is another virus already in our system that is by far more fearful than Covid-19! The virus called 'Sin' is in our DNA. We are born with it and it is deadly! Everyone who has ever come into this world was born with it and died, and in due course we will also!

    Dying is a horrible fact of life and we do all we can to avoid it, or even mentioning the subject, but it is still there in the background ... waiting!

    But, there is something even more traitorous than death itself, and that is being separated from the living, loving, merciful God! Our sin is the reason for this but while there is life there is hope. After a person has died the opportunity to be released from this curse will die with them.

    This condition is so serious that there is no human remedy for it. So what can we do about it?

    Where do we find hope?

    Let us consider the Lord Jesus, the Son of the living God who the Bible tells us: "Came into the world to save sinners." 1 Timothy 1: 15.

    His beautiful life demonstrated to us that He was absolutely perfect in every way. No sin was to be found in Him! He taught as a Man who had authority, and that is because He did. Among the marvellous things He taught was an account about a man who while on his journey to Jericho fell among thieves who mugged him and left him for dead!

    There were two men who drew near to the poor man suffering under the heat of the blistering sun ... but, passed by him on the other side. They kept a safe distance between themselves and the unfortunate man.

    But in the passing of time there came: "... A certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him." Luke 10: 33-34.

    The Lord Jesus was painting in words a picture of Himself. That 'certain Samaritan' was last person one would ever imagine to come along, right to where he was and tend to this unfortunate man's urgent needs.

    Perhaps the other men were representatives of false religion and thought they would be ceremoniously unclean if they came near to him, so they backed away and left him. No compassion there, only a sense of self preservation stemming from either pride or fear.

    But then there 'just so happened' to come a Samaritan with a kind and compassionate heart and took on the responsibility to see the injured man back to full health and functionality.

    The Lord Jesus when telling us of this account was telling us what He did when poor lost sinners like ourselves were in our need. When He came into this world on the mission to save us from our sins and bring us into a living relationship with God His Father, social distancing did not come into the equation back then!

    This beloved Man was able to mingle with all-sorts of people without His sinless nature being corrupted. Although the Lord was surrounded by sin, He remained completely uncontaminated. The Bible tells us that "The Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them." Luke 15: 2. These men like those in the parable Jesus told were not too pleased that He was getting right to the place where the people were.

    They were not prepared to reach out to the needy people who were labelled 'sinners' and condemned the Lord Jesus for doing so. Little did they realise that were needy sinners as well!

    What the good Samaritan did for the man left to die back then is what Jesus still does to this day for people who are lost in their sins, contaminated in the sight of a holy God, and separated from the best of blessings He has to freely give.

    The world is looking for answers, it is looking for a cure, and for a man to sort things out. It's looking for anyone but the Lord Himself and one day in the not too distant future will trust a deceiver who appears to have all the answers. But Jesus is the answer NOW, and the cure for the 'virus' of sin from which all our troubles spring.

    If ever people are going to come into the benefit of the blessing of having their sins forgiven, everyone has to turn away from them, and the love of them, and trust fully in God's remedy for them. "God ... commandeth all men every where to repent ..." Acts 17: 30. This is not a polite request from God but a command!

    The sinless, spotless Man who came into our contaminated world and right into the company of contaminated people, remaining perfect and pure in order to go to the cross of shame.

    Remember, we are born with sin because it's in our DNA. It is in the very blood that runs through our veins, which is why it took the death of the sinless Saviour as our Substitute to 'cure' the sin virus, because the blood of the Lord Jesus was perfect - there was no sin virus in it.

    'Bearing shame and scoffing rude, In my place condemned He stood;
    Sealed my pardon with His blood. Hallelujah! What a Saviour!'
    P.P. Bliss

    Perhaps you as a believer may find yourself feeling discouraged or lonely today. Be encouraged to know that the same Man who isn't ashamed to draw near to the sinner in their need will do the same for you also.

    Every child of God needs to know how precious they are to Him and His precious Son.  Perhaps He is using this isolation period to get you to turn to Him in all sincerity and find to the joy of your soul that He was there all the time! You see, He is not ashamed of His people, and the fact that He is not ashamed to come right to where we are in our need tells me that He is faithful to His promise: "I will never leave you, nor forsake you." Hebrews 13: 5.

    One day soon this precious, sinless, spotless Man will descend from heaven to call His beloved people away from this scene of sadness and suffering, to be with Him in His Father's house where immeasurable will be our portion. How wonderful to know that very soon our faith is going to give way to sight, and the One whom we cannot see and yet love, we will see Him in all His wonder and beauty at last.

    Oh, and there in heaven with the Lord Jesus, 'social distancing' will be a thing of forever past. We will at last know His loving embrace. And having been reunited with loved ones who went to heaven before us, what a joy it will be to our souls to embrace them once more. What a wonderful eternity the Lord's people have to look forward to.

    Dear unbeliever - won't you come and trust the Saviour so you will not lose out.
    Dear fellow believer - take courage; for the best is yet to come ... Perhaps Today - Perhaps Now!

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