Jesus, a Saviour!

Luke 1:30 “You will conceive and give birth to a Son, and you are to call Him Jesus.”

“Jesus! The name that refreshes the fainting spirits of humbled sinners; sweet to speak and sweet to hear. Jesus, a Saviour!

(but..)

We know not His riches and our own poverty, therefore we run not to Him; we perceive not that we are lost and perishing therefore a Saviour is a word of little delight. Were we convinced of the huge mass of guilt that lies upon us, and the wrath that hangs over us for it, ready to fall upon us, it would be our continual thought, is the Saviour mine?”

-Matthew Henry (1662-1714)

Knowing Jesus (Love)

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days, (John 11:5-6 NIV)

But the ways of divine are not as the ways of human love. Often they are the reverse. When His people are sick, in body or spirit; when their case is waxing more and more desperate every day; when all hope of recovery is about to expire—just then and therefore it is that “He abides two days still in the same place where He is.” Can they still hope against hope? Often they do not; but “this is their infirmity.” For it is His chosen style of acting. We have been well taught it, and should not now have the lesson to learn. From the days of Moses was it given sublimely forth as the character of His grandest interpositions, that… The LORD will vindicate His people and relent concerning His servant when He sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free. (Deuteronomy 32:36 NIV)

(J-F-B)