Posted by: the watchmen | December 16, 2007

CH Spurgeon________December 16.

December 16-Morning {Daily Reading: #Jas 1:1-5:20} {Quick Study: #Heb 11:1-13:25}“Come unto me.” {#Mt 11:28}

The cry of the Christian religion is the gentle word, “Come.”The Jewish law harshly said, “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.” The law was

a dispensation of terror, which drove men before it as with a

scourge; 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 you, bidding you follow

him as the soldier follows his captain. He will always go before

you to pave your way, and clear your path, and you shall hear

his animating voice calling you after him all through life;

while in the solemn hour of death, his sweet words with which he

shall usher you into the heavenly world shall be—”Come, ye

blessed of my Father.”

Nay, further, this is not only Christ’s cry to you, but, if

you be a believer, this is your cry to Christ—”Come! come!”

You will be longing for his second advent; you will be saying,

“Come quickly, even so come Lord Jesus.” You will be panting for

nearer and closer communion with him. As his voice to you is

“Come,” your response to him will be, “Come, Lord, and abide

with me. Come, and occupy alone the throne of my heart; reign

there without a rival, and consecrate me entirely to thy

service.”

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