(Octavius Winslow, "Morning Thoughts")
"Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."
What a gospel is this for a poor sinner!
of full redemption here, and
unspeakable glory hereafter!
a Savior to the lost;
a Redeemer to the captive;
a Surety to the insolvent;
a Physician to the sick;
a Friend to the needy;
an Advocate to the criminal.
All that a...
'broken hearted' sinner needs, this
"glorious gospel of the blessed God" provides.
to the self ruined sinner One in whom is his help;
to the sin accused One who can take away all sin;
to the law condemned One who saves from all condemnation;
to the justice threatened One who is a hiding place
from the wind, and a covert from the tempest;
to the broken hearted One who binds up and heals.
That One is Jesus!
to the poor in spirit!
All you can possibly need is treasured up in Christ!
no cross but Christ can bear it,
no sorrow but Christ can alleviate it,
no corruption but Christ can subdue it,
no guilt but Christ can remove it,
no sin but Christ can pardon it,
no need but Christ can supply it.
Lift up your heads, you poor, you needy, you disconsolate!
Lift up your heads and rejoice that Christ is all to you...
all you need in this valley of tears,
all you need in the deepest sorrow,
all you need under the heaviest affliction,
all you need in sickness,
all you will need in the hour of death and
all you will need in the day of judgment!
What more can you want?
What more do you desire?
A Father who loves you as the apple of His eye!
A full Savior to whom to go, moment by moment!
And a blessed indwelling, sanctifying, comforting Spirit!
"Yes, happy are those who have it like this!
Happy indeed are those whose God is the Lord."