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August 18

A First Book of Daily Readings

by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (selected by Frank Cumbers)

Jesus ... Jesus ... Jesus

Over and above all other facts is the most glorious fact of all, the fact of Jesus Christ Himself. We are given the details of His earthly life in the Gospels so that we may have consolation in times of trouble. Above all remember that the Son of God Himself has been through this world. He knows ah about the contradiction of sinners against Himself. Though He was the Son of God He knew what it was to be tired, to be weary, to be faint in His body, to sweat drops of blood in agony. He knew what it was to face the whole world and all the power of Satan and hell massed against Himself. ‘We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in ah points tempted like as we are, yet without sin’ (Hebrews 4:15). He knows all about our weakness and our frailty. The incarnation is not a mere idea but a fact: ‘The Word was made flesh.’ And in our agony and weakness we can always turn to Him with confidence knowing that He understands, He knows, and He can succour. The Son of God became man in order that He might be our perfect High Priest and be able to lead us to God.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesu’s blood and righteousness ...
When darkness seems to veil His face
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil ...
On Christ the solid Rock I stand.
All other ground is sinking sand.

So, come what may, ‘I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation’.

From Fear to Faith, pp. 77–8

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