Draw Near

The Pharisees, in Matthew 23:23-24 (2), were so occupied with insignificant details that they missed the chief things of life. They were so concerned with the speck in other men’s eyes that they missed the beam in their own.They were so busy studying the points of God’s Word that they missed the visitation of the Living Word. And they were so occupied with satisfying the demands of God in every detail; yet, they took part in crucifying His own Son.

If there is one thing that the Bible says to the world, it is that “God is for us.” Some would say that this is only true for some, that the rest of the world lies under a curse and the wrath of God. And certainly this is true in one respect. There is nothing to look forward to in the future of a man without Christ. But God sent His Son. He “delivered Him up for us all” (Romans 8:32a). The Bible does not say that God was so angry with the world that He sent His Son to save mankind; it says simply that God loved us so much that He gave His son, to deal with our sin and its effects, reconcile us to the love of God and reveal that love to us. God never needs, or needed to be reconciled to us — but we do to Him. Draw near to Him.

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