Saturday, March 7, 2015


When this world had reached such a low state and sin was so prevalent and Rebellion had struck it's roots deep into the heart of man and sin was the most violent against heaven and Satan had declared that the principles of God's government had made forgiveness impossible, at this very crisis when Satan seemed about to triumph, the Son of God came with the embassage of divine grace.  Through every age, through every hour the love of God had been exercised toward the fallen race.  And when the fullness of the time had come, the Deity was glorified by pouring upon the world a flood of healing grace that was never to be obstructed or withdrawn till the plan of salvation should be fulfilled.

Satan was exulting that he had succeeded in debasing the image of God in humanity.  Then Jesus came to restore in man the image of his maker.  None but Christ can fashion  anew the character that has been ruined by sin,  He came to expel the demons that had controlled the will.  He came to lift us up from the dust, to reshape the marred character after the pattern of His divine character and to make it beautiful with His own glory.

The King of glory stooped low to take humanity unto himself.  Rude and forbidding were His earthly surroundings.  His glory was veiled, that the majesty of His outward form might not become an object of attraction.  He shunned all outward display.  Riches, worldly honor, and human greatness can never save a soul from death;  Jesus purposed that no attraction of an earthly nature should call men to His side.  Only the beauty of heavenly truth must draw those who would follow Him.  The character of the Messiah had long been foretold in prophecy, and He desired men to accept Him upon the testimony of the word of God.

Will you do that today?  Just accept Jesus upon the testimony of the word of God?  It takes faith, yes, but faith is a gift from God too, just as forgiveness is.  If we believe that Jesus came to save us, then we have started on the road to the kingdom.  What He has done for us, He has done for everyone who has ever been born.  Let's put joy in His heart today by accepting His life as a pattern for our life.  I'm willing, are you.  Grandma Joan

(thoughts from the Desire of Ages p. 37-42)

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