Thursday, August 25, 2016

Law || Grace?

Memory Verse: "Come unto me..." (Matt.11:28, KJV)

Scripture Reading: Rm.7:1-25.

The cry of the Christian religion is the gentle word, "Come." 

The Law harshly says, "Go, take heed unto thy steps as to the path in which thou shalt walk. Break the commandments, and thou shalt perish; keep them, and thou shalt live." In other words, "Convert or Die."

The law was a dispensation to terror, which drove men before it as with a scourge. On the other hand, the gospel draws with bands of love. Jesus is the good Shepherd going before his sheep, bidding them follow him, and ever leading them onwards with the sweet word, "Come." The law repels, the gospel attracts. The law shows the distance which there is between God and man; the gospel bridges that awful chasm, and brings the sinner across it.

From the first moment of your spiritual life until you are ushered into glory, the language of Christ to you will be, "Come, come unto me." 

As a mother puts out her finger to her little child and woos it to walk by saying, "Come," even so does Jesus. He will always be ahead of us, bidding us follow Him as the soldier follows his captain. He will always go before us to pave our way, and clear our path, and we will hear His voice calling to us after Him all through life; while in the solemn hour of death, His sweet words with which shall usher us into the heavenly world shall be- "Come, ye blessed of my Father."

This is not only Christ's cry to you, but, if you be a true believer, this is your cry to Christ- "Come! Come!" You will be longing for His second coming; you will be saying, "Come quickly, even so come Lord Jesus." You will be panting deeper intimacy with Him. As His voice to you is "Come," your response to him will also be, "Come, Lord Jesus, Come!"

Ponder Point: The Law works fear and wrath; grace works hope and mercy.

Action Point: Choose the way of grace.

Prayer Point: Come, Lord, and abide with me. Come, and occupy along the throne of my heart; reign there without a rival and consecrate me entirely to thy service, in Jesus name, Amen.

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