Sunday, April 9, 2017

Jesus, the Redeemer, is altogether ours, and ours forever

Pensive, doubting, fearful heart,
Hear what Christ the Saviour says;
Every word should joy impart,
Change thy mourning into praise:
Yes, He speaks, and speaks to thee,
May He help thee to believe!
Then thou presently wilt see,
Thou hast little cause to grieve.

"Fear thou not, nor be ashamed,
All thy sorrows soon shall end:
I who heaven and earth have framed
Am thy Husband and thy Friend:
I the High and Holy One,
Israel's God by all adored,
As thy Saviour will be known,
Thy Redeemer and thy Lord.

For a moment I withdrew,
And thy heart was fill'd with pain;
But my mercies I'll renew,
Thou shalt soon rejoice again:
Though I seem to hide my face,
Very soon my wrath shall cease;
'Tis but for a moment's space,
Ending in eternal peace.

When my peaceful bow appears,
Painted on the watery cloud;
'Tis to dissipate thy fears,
Lest the earth should be o'erflow'd:
'Tis an emblem too of grace,
Of my covenant love a sign;
Though the mountains leave their place,
Thou shalt be for ever mine.

Though afflicted, tempest-toss'd,
Comfortless awhile thou art,
Do not think thou canst be lost,
Thou art graven on my heart:
All thy wastes I will repair,
Thou shalt be rebuilt anew;
And in thee it shall appear
What a God of love can do."
                 William Cowper

For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy
Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.             
                                                                                            Isa 54:5
     Jesus, the Redeemer, is altogether ours, and ours forever.  All the offices of
Christ are held on our behalf.  He is king for us, priest for us, and prophet for us
Whenever we read a new title of the Redeemer, let us appropriate Him as ours under
that name as much as under any other.  The shepherd's staff, the father's rod, the captain's
sword, the priest's mitre, the prince's sceptre, the prophet's mantle, all are ours.  Jesus
hath no dignity which he will not employ for our exaltation, and no prerogative which he
will not exercise for our defence.  His fulness of Godhead is our unfailing, inexhaustible
     His manhood also, which He took upon Him for us, is ours in all its perfection.  To us
our gracious Lord communicates the spotless virtue of a stainless character; to us He gives
the meritorious efficacy of a devoted life; on us He bestows the reward procured by
obedient submission and incessant service.  He makes the unsullied garment of His life
our covering beauty; the glittering virtues of His character our ornaments and jewels; and
the superhuman meekness of His death our boast and glory.  He bequeaths us His manger,
from which to learn how God came down to man; and His Cross to teach us how man may
go up to God.  All His thoughts, emotions, actions, utterances, miracles, and intercessions,
were for us.  He trod the road of sorrow on our behalf, and hath made over to us as His
heavenly legacy the full results of all the labors of His life.  He is now as much ours as
heretofore; and He blushes not to acknowledge Himself "our Lord Jesus Christ," though
He is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.  Christ
everywhere and every way is our Christ, forever and ever most richly to enjoy.  O my
soul, by the power of the Holy Spirit call Him this morning, "thy Redeemer."
                                                                                  Charles H. Spurgeon.

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