Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hymspirational Moment #9


Come ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love, and pow'r.

I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.

Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome,
God's free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Ev'ry grace that brings you nigh.

Come ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you're better,
You will never come at all.

Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.

"I am a sinner."  These words are far more easily said than meant.  They often come from the mouth of an individual who, in reality, desires carnal justification rather than spiritual reconciliation.  It is the catchphrase of those who are caught in wrongdoing and are often followed with the alibi, "but so are you."  Yet they are four of the most powerful words in the English language when spoken in sincerity framed in the understanding of one's own nature and real standing before a Righteous and Holy God.

Sinners.  Yes, all of us.  We are sinners, lost and needy.  And because of our sinful nature we stand weak, wounded, sick and sore before our Creator.  It is this same Creator who condescended to the form of man, manifested Himself in flesh and died on a Cross for the salvation of all mankind.  Jesus Christ, God incarnate, suffering the full cruelty of betrayal, abuse and death, did so that He might stand before all humanity with outstretched arms bidding them to come to Him and be saved.  He alone is full of sufficient mercy, love and power to forgive all of all.

He calls for the thirsty; the hungry.  Those who have and realize their need are called to come to Him.  The grounds on which they must come are uncomfortable for they are grounds of faith and repentance - believing entirely in Him and turning completely from their own will and sinful way.  There is no salvation without faith nor is faith sincere without repentance.  By the grace of God and that alone are these means available to us.  Salvation begins with our turning to Christ by faith and turning from sin by resolve recognizing both are possibly only by Divine grace.  

He calls for the heaven laden; the burdened.  Those who have inherited a sinful nature as a result of the original Fall of Man and have yielded themselves to it through free will are called to come to Christ Jesus.  It is not those who are already righteous who need that great Reconciler of the world unto Himself but those who are lost and ruined.  "I'll come to God when I get things right."  What a foolish and deceptive thought!  If you wait that long you will never come at all.  

He calls for the undeserving; the misfit.  Those who don't feel like they are worthy are called to the grace of a merciful Saviour.  Do not wait until you feel that you are deserving of the blood of Jesus Christ.  No one ever reaches a point where the sacrifice of the Lamb of God is merited.  This is the very nature of grace - unmerited access to atonement.  If you feel as though you're not good enough to come to God you are, at that moment, in the perfect position to approach Him.  He resists the proud and receives the humble.  Run to Jesus at that moment recognizing your need of Him; nothing more or less.  

Arise!  Get up!  Go to Jesus!  He is waiting to embrace you and draw you near to His side.  There you will find a refuge, peace and safety.  Go to Him now.  Do not wait!  He stands ready to save.

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