Judas, the traitor, has just left the Passover supper. He will go directly to chief priests and Pharisees. He’ll receive a detachment of troops and officers with which to arrest Jesus. The events, which will lead to Jesus’ crucifixion, are now set in motion. Knowing this, Jesus gives His disciples the instruction necessary to see them through the crisis and to serve Him faithfully in the days and years ahead. His first lesson is that God uses even the sin of men to accomplish His purposes in salvation. Sermon by Al Gordon from the 17th of July, 2016.
The one dominant characteristic of a Christian is that Jesus Christ is coming more into the ascendant. The thing that hinders God’s work is not sin, but other claims, which are right, but which at a certain point in their rightness conflict with the claims of Jesus Christ. If the conflict should come, remember it is to be Jesus who is first.
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
All things are sent and governed by God, and however troublesome they are, they will, if accepted gladly, lead us quickly and surely toward holiness.
Jesus is at once God and Man. As Man He was humiliated but as God He was glorified.
Jean-Pierre De Caussade (1675-1751)
Imaginary evil is romantic and varied: real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring: real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.
Simone Weil (1909-1943)
The world is too much with us, late and soon.
Getting and spending we lay waste our powers.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
Jesus reigns, adored by angels,
Man with God is on the throne.
Mighty Lord, in Thy ascension,
We, by faith, behold our own.
Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885)
He who has learned to feel his sins, and to trust Christ as savior, has learned the two hardest and greatest lessons in Christianity.
J.I. Packer (b.1926)