Monday, December 31, 2012

A Blessed and Happy New Year!

"In the  last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying,  'If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink.' " ~ John 7:37

"Patience had her perfect work in the LORD Jesus, and until the last day of the feast He pleaded with the Jews, even as on this last day of the year He pleads with us, and waits to be gracious to us.  Admirable, indeed, is the long-suffering of the Saviour in bearing with some of us year after year, notwithstanding our provocations, rebellions, and resistance of His Holy Spirit.  Wonder of wonders that we are still in the land of mercy!

"Pity expressed herself most plainly, for Jesus cried, which implies not only the loudness of His voice, but the tenderness of His tones.  He entreats us to be reconciled.  'We pray you,' says the Apostle, 'as though God did beseech you by us.'  What earnest, pathetic terms are these!  How deep must be the love which makes the LORD weep over sinners, and like a mother woo His children to His bosom!  Surely at the call of such a cry our willing hearts will come.

"Provision is made most plenteously; all is provided that man can need to quench his soul's thirst.  To his conscience the atonement brings peace; to his understanding the gospel brings the richest instruction; to his heart the person of Jesus is the noblest object of affection; to the whole man the truth as it is in Jesus supplies the purest nutriment.  Thirst is terrible, but Jesus can remove it.  Though the soul were utterly famished, Jesus could restore it.

"Proclamation is made most freely, that every thirsty one is welcome.  No other distinction is made but that of thirst.  Whether it be the thirst of avarice, ambition, pleasure, knowledge, or rest, he who suffers from it is invited.  The thirst may be bad in itself, and be no sign of grace, but rather a mark of inordinate sin longing to be gratified with deeper draughts of lust; but it is not goodness in the creature which brings him the invitation, the LORD Jesus sends it freely, and without respect of persons.

"Personality is declared most fully.  The sinner must come to Jesus, not to works, ordinances or doctrines, but to a personal Redeemer, who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree.  The bleeding, dying, rising Saviour is the only star of hope to a sinner.  Oh, for grace to come now and drink, ere the sun sets upon the year's last day!

"No waiting or preparation is so much as hinted at.  Drinking represents a reception for which no fitness is required.  A fool, a thief, a harlot can drink; and so sinfulness of character is no bar to the invitation to believe in Jesus.  We want no golden cup, no bejeweled chalice, in which to convey the water to the thirsty; the mouth of poverty is welcome to stoop down and quaff the flowing flood.  Blistered, leprous, filthy lips may touch the stream of divine love; they cannot pollute it, but shall themselves be purified.  Jesus is the fount of Hope.  Dear reader, hear the dear Redeemer's loving voice as He cries to each of us,

Charles H. Spurgeon

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My prayer for 2013 is that all my friends and family, including all who are brought to this blog, will serve the LORD Jesus Christ with all your hearts, minds, and souls; that, in all you do, you bring Him the honor and glory He so richly deserves, and that you devote yourself to work to further His glorious kingdom.

And to those who do not yet know Jesus Christ, this is my prayer for you:

"Seek the LORD while He may be found;
call upon Him while He is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." 

Isaiah 55:6-7   

Salvation is only a breath away. 

Wishing you all a very blessed and happy New Year!

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