All tagged Consider Jesus
“He was despised and rejected — a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief.” (Isa. 53:3) Our Lord’s was a checkered history. Lights and shadows thickly blended in the marvelous picture of his life.
“When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, Who is this?” (Matt. 21:10) Jesus was now enthroned upon the highest wave of popular favor.
“Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s.” (Matt. 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.
“He became obedient unto death.” (Phil. 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.
“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.
“Be followers of me, even as I am of Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1) Influence is the subject which these words suggest for our present meditation — the influence of Christ reflected in the influence of the Christian.
“He became poor.” (2 Cor. 8:9) The wealth of Jesus, of which we have already spoken, was essential; his poverty, of which we are now to speak, was willingly assumed.
“He was rich.” (2 Cor. 8:9) Rank and wealth may exist apart from each other. In Jesus they were combined.
“King of kings, and Lord of lords.” (Rev. 19:16) The twofold nature of Jesus brought him into the closest personal relation to, and sympathy with, the two great divisions of the race — the Commonalty and the Nobility — and thus he becomes a proper subject of instructive study to both.
“Is not this the carpenter’s son?” (Matt. 13:55) What a remarkable fact in the history of Jesus does this question, asked with mingled surprise and contempt, betray!
The ensuing pages encapsulate a wonderful devotional from the pen of Dr. Octavius Winslow. Originally published in 1872.