Month: June 2013

Behold Your Savior Come

Vance Havner Imageby Vance Havner

Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29

We often hear these days the question, “What is the world coming to?” It is an interesting subject and most of the discussion relieves the speakers but not the situation. The chief theme of the Gospel is not what the world is coming to but rather the One who has come to the world.

It is also very popular now to behold the sin of the world. There never was more of it and it never was more evident. But John the Baptist was pointing out the cure for sin, the Lamb who came to take it away.

Of course, there is a very real sense in which men need to see their sin and themselves to be sinners. There had not been enough preaching on sin with that in view. But the Gospel is Good News that the problem of our sin finds its answer in the person of God’s Son. He has been made sin – not a sinner or sinful, but sin – for us, though He knew no sin, that we might be made righteousness of God in Him.

Let us not be so taken up with beholding the sin of the world that we do not behold Him who came to take it away.

by Vance Havner

What Are You Choosing?

A.B. Simpson Imageby A.B. Simpson

Therefore, choose—Deuteronomy 30:19

Men are choosing every day the spiritual or earthly. And as we choose we are taking our place unconsciously with the friends of Christ or the world. It is not merely what we say; it is what we prefer.

When Solomon made his great choice at Gibeon, God said to him, Because this was in thine heart . . . to ask wisdom, . . . wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee (2 Chronicles 1:11-12). It was not merely that he said it because it was right to say and would please God if he said it. But it was the thing his heart preferred, and God saw it in his heart and gave it to him, along with riches, wealth and honor that he had not chosen.

What are we choosing? it is our choice that settles our destiny. It is not how we feel, but how we purpose. Have we chosen the good part? Have we said, “Whatever else I am or have, let me be God’s child; let me have His favor and blessing; let me please Him?” Or have we said, I must have this thing, and then I will see about religion?” Alas, God has seen what was in our hearts, and perhaps He has already said, “They have their reward.”

by A.B. Simpson