Tag: Disciples

I am with you always

J.C. Ryleby J.C. Ryle

It is impossible to conceive words more comforting, strengthening, cheering, and sanctifying than these. Though left alone, like orphan children in a cold, unkind world, the disciples were not to think they were deserted. Their Master would be ever “with them.” Though commissioned to do a work as hard as that of Moses when sent to Pharaoh, they were not to be discouraged. Their Master would certainly be “with them.” No words could be more suited to the position of those to whom they were first spoken. No words could be imagined more consolatory to believers in every age of the world

Let all true Christians lay hold on these words and keep them in mind. Christ is “with as” always. Christ is “with us,” wherever we go. He came to be “Emmanuel, God with us,” when He first came into the world. He declares that He is ever Emmanuel, “with us,” when He comes to the end of His earthly ministry and is about to leave the world. He is with us daily to pardon and forgive,—with us daily to sanctify and strengthen,—with us daily to defend and keep,—with us daily to lead and to guide,—with us in sorrow, and with us in joy,—with us in sickness, and with us in health,—with us in life, and with us in death,—with us in time, and with us in eternity.

What stronger consolation could believers desire than this? Whatever happens, they at least are never completely friendless and alone. Christ is ever with them. They may look into the grave, and say with David, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.” They may look forward beyond the grave, and say with Paul, “we shall ever be with the Lord.”

He has said it, and He will stand to it, “I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” “I will never leave you and never forsake you.”—We could ask nothing more. Let us go on believing, and not be afraid. It is everything to be a real Christian. None have such a King, such a Priest, such a constant Companion, and such an unfailing Friend, as the true servants of Christ.

by J.C. Ryle

 

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The Rabbi’s Call To The Disciples

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

In John 1, two rabbinical students started following the rabbi Yeshua from Nazareth; Jesus. He asked them, “What do you want?” They replied to him, “Rabbi, where are you staying” He answered, “Come and you’ll see.” He didn’t say, “look and then if you like, come.” The secret of seeing the blessings of God are hidden in these words, “Come and you’ll see.” Come regardless of what you don’t know, come before you see, and come without conditions. Too many believers are waiting to see before they come. But His words to the disciples are this: come and then you will see. Come and then you’ll know. Obey, then you’ll see. Stop sitting around waiting for God to prove everything to you. Stop requiring that God shows you everything before you walk in faith, because that isn’t faith at all. Come before you see, and then you’ll see the blessing, the love, the miracle, the joy, the healing, and the life God has for you. Just step out in faith and follow the footsteps of Messiah. That’s His promise to you. But you have to come…and then you’ll see.

Today’s Mission – Today, follow the footsteps of Messiah, step out in faith, take new ground, and you’ll see the life God has for you.

by Jonathan Cahn