Thursday 1 March (22 Amshier):
Now we are children of God and what we will be has not yet
been known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him,
for we shall see Him as He is.
Grass is the most important thing in a meadow, as are corn in a field
and vegetables in a market-garden. No-one would bost of a fence, rather
than its hay. Why do people boast of their country, or the highways in
that country.People do not exist for the sake of the country, but the
country for their sake. Christ came to save, not the country, but the
people.. A country is valued by the goodness of its citizens.What what
use is a great country to evil men? They fill the field with brambles.
Let us ponder on the Lord Jesus, praying on dark nights alone on
the hills for my salvation and yours, and that of all men:
1. How He raised His hands to heaven, as if to bend it down to
earth, and how He knelt many nights in prayer, in prayer for my
salvation and yours, and that of all men.
2. How He sweated in prayer and wept for my salvation and yours,
and that of all men.
3. How He watched and kept vigil in prayer and tortured his body
without sleep or rest for my salvation and yours, and that of all men.
'Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken;
but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Christ the Lord is the foundation stone. Judas fell on that stone, and
it was broken. Herod fell on that stone, and was broken. Arius fell on
that stone and was broken. Julian the Apostate fell on that stone, and
was broken. Those who mock and deny Christ in our own day fall on that
stone, and are broken like clay pots.
This stone fell on Sodom and Gomorrah, and Sodom and Gomorrah were
ground to powder. It fell on Egypt, and Egypt was ground to powder; on
Jerusalem, and Jerusalem was ground to powder. It fell on the Jewish
people, and the Jewish people were scattered and fragmented. It fell on
many sinful races and kingdoms, and these sinful races and kingdoms
disintegrated into dust and ashes.
The Lord forgave sinners to seventy times seven, and more, but if
sinners remain sinners after all that, will God save them against their
will? He will not, for that is not the principle of the salvation of
men. The principle is, that men willingly consent to salvation on the
part of God.
If men, unto seventy times seven, refuse the salvation of God, then He
will not save them. Thus men are broken on that stone around which they
cannot pass, and are ground to powder by the stone which they had taken
up in order to cast it from them.
How can it be said that God is merciless, when He saved the penitent
thief on the Cross? How can it be said that He is unjust, when He gave
to perdition the thief who derided Him at the hour of death? O almighty
Lord, save us! To Thee be glory and praise, now and ever, unto Ages of
Psalm 28:9; 48:10-11.
Acts 12:12-23; Rom.16:17-27; James 3:1-12.