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Consider Jesus– in the Anticipation of Death
      "Father, save Me from this hour." -John 12:27 There were some expressions of feeling in our Lord's life which can only be accounted for on the ground of His perfect humanity. Such, for example, as His apparent shrinking from suffering and death. And this, in its turn, can only find a solution in the fact that, He was not suffering as a common

Consider Jesus– in the Avoidance of Offence
      "Lest we should offend." -Matt. 17:27 How truly was our Lord Jesus 'harmless' because He was 'undefiled.' In Him was no sin. That His Gospel should have been an offence to the scribes and Pharisees, and that His cross was an offence to the world, is no marvel. It was so then, it is so now, and it will be so to the end. But our Lord never,

Consider Jesus– in the Elevation of Rank
      "King of kings, and Lord of lords." -Revelation 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. We have considered His obscurity and abasement as man;

Consider Jesus– in the Exercise of Influence
      "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. "Follow me, as I follow Christ." The power of influencing others is a wonderful and responsible gift of God. Every individual possesses

Consider Jesus– in the Exercise of Praise
      "I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises." -Hebrews 2:12 These are the words of Jesus quoted by the apostle from a prophetical psalm concerning Him. We have considered Him as teaching us by His example to pray; it may promote our personal holiness by considering Him as teaching us t

Consider Jesus– in the Forgiveness of Injury
      "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." -Luke 23:34 If the Christian precept of FORGIVENESS be estimated by the magnitude of the injury forgiven, then these words of Jesus present to our view a forgiveness of an inconceivable and unparalleled injury. The greatest crime man ever committed was the crucifixion of the Son of God; a

Consider Jesus– in the Possession of Wealth
      "He was RICH." -2 Cor. 8:9 Rank and wealth may exist apart from each other. In Jesus they were combined. He could not be the Divinest, and not be the Richest Being in the universe; the Creator, and not the Owner of all worlds. Moreover, He could say, "All SOULS are mine" -a wealth second only to the affluence of His own absolute Godhead. Thu

Consider Jesus– in the Power of His Resurrection
      "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection." -Phil. 3:10 Is there not some danger of lingering too exclusively at the cross, to the exclusion of the grave of Jesus? In other words, do we give the subject of Christ's RESURRECTION that place in our faith and meditation which we give to His Death, and which God gives it in the great

Consider Jesus– in the Straitness of Poverty
      "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 became poor." By an act of unparalleled beneficence, He emptied Himself of His wealth and linked Himself with a life of dependent poverty. The only riches He retained--and th

Consider Jesus– Our Paymaster
      "He was oppressed." -Isa. 53:7 The Hebrew word here rendered "oppressed," signifies to exact, or, to demand payment. It is so rendered in the following passage--"The creditor shall not EXACT of his neighbor, nor of his brother, in the year of release." The word taskmaster comes from the same root; and as there is no noun prefixed to the or

Consider Jesus– the Object of Popular Favor
      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 ascendant. The sun of human glory now shone upon Him in all its splend

Consider Jesus– the Object of Popular Hate
      "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 make others so. Hence the po

Go and Tell Jesus
       At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, and he said to his attendants, "This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him." Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, for John had been saying

      MORNING THOUGHTS, or DAILY WALKING WITH GOD By Octavius Winslow APRIL 1. "For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged." 1 Cor. 11:31 Self-condemnation averts God's condemnation. When a penitent sinner truly, humbly, graciously sits in judgment upon himself, the Lord will never sit in judgment upon him. The penitent

      MORNING THOUGHTS, or DAILY WALKING WITH GOD AUGUST 1. "Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in your prayers to God for me." Romans 15:30 There are many weighty and solemn considerations which powerfully plead for the prayers of the Church of God

      MORNING THOUGHTS, or DAILY WALKING WITH GOD DECEMBER 1. 'He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.' Malachi 3:3 'Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the

      MORNING THOUGHTS, or DAILY WALKING WITH GOD By Octavius Winslow FEBRUARY 1. "It is God who justifies." Romans 8:33. Behold the eternal security of the weakest believer in Jesus. The act of justification, once passed under the great seal of the resurrection of Christ, God can never revoke without denying Himself. Here is our safet

      MORNING THOUGHTS, or DAILY WALKING WITH GOD By Octavius Winslow, Leamington, Dec. 1856. "My voice shall You hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto You, and will look up." Psalm 5:3 PREFACE. In compliance with a request frequently, and from various quarters, preferred, that the author woul

      MORNING THOUGHTS, or DAILY WALKING WITH GOD By Octavius Winslow JULY 1. "All things work together for good to those who love God." Romans 8:28 Observe the unity of operation. They "work together,"-not singly and separately, but conjointly-as adjunct causes and mutual helps. Therefore it is that we often mark a plurality of trial

      MORNING THOUGHTS, or DAILY WALKING WITH GOD By Octavius Winslow JUNE 1. "And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity." Isaiah 33:24 Let the Christian invalid be cheered with the prospect of before long arriving at this land of light and love, of rest and holiness. Th

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