by J.R. Miller
“Miller’s Year Book–a Year’s Daily Readings”
“He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:4
If your faith stops at the cross–it misses the blessing of the fullest revealing of Christ! You need a Savior who not merely two thousand years ago went to death to redeem you–but one who also is alive to walk by your side in loving companionship!
You need a Savior . . . who can hear your prayers, to whose feet you can creep in penitence when you have sinned, to whom you can call for help when the battle is going against you. You need a Savior who is interested in all the affairs of your common life, and who can assist you in every time of need. You need a Christ who can be a real friend–loving you, keeping close beside you, able to sympathize with your weaknesses. You need a Savior who will come into your life, and will save you, not by one great act of centuries past–but by a life warm and throbbing with love today, and living again in you.
A DYING Christ alone, will not satisfy our heart. We must have the living One for our friend! Nothing less than a LIVING Christ will do for us! And that is the Christ the gospel brings to us: one who was dead–and is now alive for ever and ever!
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God!” cried the psalmist, and cries every redeemed soul. It is only as we realize the truth of a living Christ–that our hearts are satisfied. We crave love . . . a bosom to lean upon, a hand to touch ours, a heart whose beatings we can feel, a personal friendship that will come into our life with . . . its sympathy, its inspiration, its companionship, its shelter, its life, and its comfort.
All this, the living Christ is to us!
“I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!” Revelation 1:18
by J.R. Miller