Sunday, March 15, 2015

His Presence

At times Jesus mother wavered between Jesus and His brothers who did not believe that He was the Sent of God; but evidence was abundant that His was a divine character.  She saw Him sacrificing Himself for the good of others.  His presence brought a purer atmosphere into the home and His life was like leaven working amid the elements of society. Harmless and undefiled He walked among the thoughtless, the rude, the uncourteous, amid the unjust publicans, the reckless prodigals, the unrighteous Samaritans, the heathen soldiers, the rough peasants, and the mixed multitude.  He spoke a word of sympathy here and a word there, as He saw men weary, yet compelled to bear heavy burdens.  He shared their burdens, and repeated to them the lessons He had learned from nature of the love, the kindness, and the goodness of God.

He taught all to look upon themselves as endowed with precious talents, which if rightly employed would secure for them eternal riches.  He weeded all vanity from His life, and by His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results; that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes.  He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. In whatever company He found Himself, He presented a lesson that was appropriate to the time and the circumstances.  Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare.  To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity words that were needed and could be understood.  Others He met who were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls.  These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them the victory.  Those whom He thus helped were convinced that here was One in whom they could trust with perfect confidence.  He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear.

Jesus was the healer of the body as well as of the soul.  He was interested in every phase of suffering that came under His notice, and to every sufferer He brought relief, His kind words having a soothing healing balm.  None could say that He had worked a miracle; but virtue-the healing power of love--went out from Him to the sick and distressed.  Thus in an unobtrusive way He worked for the people from his very childhood.  And this was why, after His public ministry began, so many heard Him gladly.

Yet through childhood, youth and manhood, Jesus walked alone.  In His purity and His faithfulness, He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him.  He carried the awful weight of responsibility for the salvation of men.  He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race all would be lost.  This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him.  Filled with intense purpose He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men.

(Jesus was and is our Savior.  To live like He lived from early childhood is not an impossibility but it is a rare thing and Jesus is our ONLY perfect example of how to live under God's guiding hand.  When we let God take full control of our life we can be assured that the problems of life will be a lot lighter and we will have the wisdom to handle each one as they come to us.  Let the Holy Spirit direct and guide you each day and you will be surprised how much better each day will go.  Have a great day with God.  Grandma Joan.  These thoughts taken from the Desire of Ages p. 91,92.)

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