Reading: “Then all the disciples forsook Him, and fled.” Matthew 26:56 Jesus’ time of suffering at the hand of the multitude has now come, but we read that “all His disciples have forsaken Him, and fled.” Is there nothing, my soul, in this significant fact from which you may gather much that is instructive and consolatory [...]
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Reading: “He was oppressed.” Isaiah 53:7 The Hebrew word here rendered “oppressed” signifies to exact or demand payment. It is so rendered in the following passage: ”The creditor shall not exact of his neighbour....” The word taskmaster comes from the same root, and as there is no noun prefixed to the original, the words may be [...]
Reading: “He was afflicted.” Isaiah 53:7 Jesus was born for affliction. In the righteous arrangement of God, sin and suffering, like holiness and happiness, are one and inseparable. He came to destroy the works of the devil; and sin, being Satan’s master-work, Jesus could destroy only as He Himself suffered, just as He could “abolish death” [...]
Reading: “Then was Jesus led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Matthew 4:1 It is a consolatory reflection to the child of God that Jesus was Himself subjected to a like discipline, equally as essential, yet infinitely more severe, to the completeness of His mediatorial character as the High [...]
Reading: “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 1 Peter 2:22 Purer than the purest crystal, more transparent than the brightest sun, was the character of Jesus. His foes sought with deception to ensnare Him, but He was too innocent to be ensnared. The moral atmosphere of His being was too [...]
Reading: “He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief.” Isaiah 53:3 Our Lord’s was a chequered history. Lights and shadows thickly blended in the marvelous picture of His life. The lights were but few; the shadows predominated. He did not come into the world to be joyful and happy, but to [...]
Reading: "When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” Matthew 21:10 Jesus was now enthroned upon the highest wave of popular favor. It was, perhaps, the only moment in His earthly history in which it might be said that His popularity was in the ascendance. The sun of human [...]
Reading: “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s.” Matthew 22:21 The obedience of Jesus, whether natural or moral—whether yielded to a divine or a human law—was, like all that He did, worthy of Himself. Rebellion against Satan and sin was the only insubordination that marked our Lord’s life on earth. On no occasion did either [...]
Reading: “He became obedient unto death.” Philippians 2:8 A higher obedience of Christ is this, than that we have just considered, since it is obedience to a divine law and to a heavenly parent. Those who honor and obey God will not be found wilfully and persistently dishonoring and disobeying an earthly one. The higher law, [...]
Reading: “He was subject unto them.” Luke 2:51 This was one of the most instructive and lovely traits in our Lord’s character; His subjection to parental authority. As Irenaeus beautifully remarks, “He came to save all who are born again unto God; infants and little ones, and children and youths, and those of old age. To [...]