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January 19, 2019
Where Is Jesus Now?
“Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.” (Matthew 24:26)

The above warning was given by Christ in His famous Olivet discourse about His future second coming, right after He had predicted that many “false Christs” would first come, deceiving many (v. 24). That prediction has been fulfilled many times during the following centuries, but He Himself has not yet returned, in spite of the claims of these latter days.

However, His present location is no secret. After His resurrection and final instructions to His disciples, “he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19). We must remember that He arose bodily from the grave, then ascended bodily to God’s throne, and that “this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven” (Acts 1:11), will return. Until He returns, therefore, He is seated bodily at the right hand of the presence of the triune God in heaven. In fact, there are no less than 21 references in the Bible to the Lord Jesus now being at the right hand of God.

It is not strictly correct to say or sing that Jesus can come into our hearts, unless it is clearly understood that He is there symbolically in the presence of the indwelling Spirit of Christ. In this way, “God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts” (Galatians 4:6) so that “Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith” (Ephesians 3:17).

In the physical sense, however, the Lord Jesus Christ, still in His physical, but now immortal, body, is at “the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3) and will remain there until He returns physically back to fulfill all the remaining promises in the Scriptures and to establish the kingdom for which He created us. HMM

Morning & evening

January 19
“I sought him, but I found him not.” — Son_3:1
Tell me where you lost the company of a Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, “Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there.” So look for Christ where you lost him, for he has not gone away. But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us, the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbour of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had ever travelled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence.
Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to him. But how is it you have lost him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch him every moment for fear of losing sight of him? Yet, since you have let him go, what a mercy that you are seeking him, even though you mournfully groan, “O that I knew where I might find him!” Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without thy Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd; like a tree without water at its roots; like a sere leaf in the tempest-not bound to the tree of life. With thine whole heart seek him, and he will be found of thee: only give thyself thoroughly up to the search, and verily, thou shalt yet discover him to thy joy and gladness.
“Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures.” — Luk_24:45
He whom we viewed last evening as opening Scripture, we here perceive opening the understanding. In the first work he has many fellow-labourers, but in the second he stands alone; many can bring the Scriptures to the mind, but the Lord alone can prepare the mind to receive the Scriptures. Our Lord Jesus differs from all other teachers; they reach the ear, but he instructs the heart; they deal with the outward letter, but he imparts an inward taste for the truth, by which we perceive its savour and spirit. The most unlearned of men become ripe scholars in the school of grace when the Lord Jesus by his Holy Spirit unfolds the mysteries of the kingdom to them, and grants the divine anointing by which they are enabled to behold the invisible. Happy are we if we have had our understandings cleared and strengthened by the Master! How many men of profound learning are ignorant of eternal things! They know the killing letter of revelation, but its killing spirit they cannot discern; they have a veil upon their hearts which the eyes of carnal reason cannot penetrate. Such was our case a little time ago; we who now see were once utterly blind; truth was to us as beauty in the dark, a thing unnoticed and neglected. Had it not been for the love of Jesus we should have remained to this moment in utter ignorance, for without his gracious opening of our understanding, we could no more have attained to spiritual knowledge than an infant can climb the Pyramids, or an ostrich fly up to the stars. Jesus’ College is the only one in which God’s truth can be really learned; other schools may teach us what is to be believed, but Christ’s alone can show us how to believe it. Let us sit at the feet of Jesus, and by earnest prayer call in his blessed aid that our dull wits may grow brighter, and our feeble understandings may receive heavenly things.


January 19
Life Outside the Measure…a Real Bad Deal
“The goodness of God leads you to repentance” (Rom_2:4).
Now that our Tour Chart is completed we can see that life outside the measure is a bad deal; a real bad deal.
When an individual refuses God’s offer and opts to do life on their own terms – pride sets in and destruction follows. Yet, because of God’s mercy, the proud man is spared considerable sorrow. However, being headstrong can doom a man even when God’s mercy is afforded him.
Yes, there is a place, we know not where; and a time, we know not when; that marks the boundary of even God’s mercy. We know this because there is a place outside God’s mercy called Hell.
You don’t want to go there.
There, in that place, is no mercy. None. There is no grace, no faith, no good. There is no peace and blessing, no joy; no hope.
C S Lewis said, “In the end there will be two kinds of people. Those who say unto God, ‘Thy will be done’ as they enter into heaven. And, those to whom God says, ‘Thy will be done’ as they enter into hell.”
Why tarry in a place of darkness when the Lord’s hand of Mercy is extended to you freely? Don’t disregard His goodness and forbearance and long-suffering; for He is wanting to change your mind and help you accept His will.
He will bring you up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay. He will set your feet upon a rock and establish your goings. He will put a new song in your mouth; a song of praise to God. Many will see what the Lord has done for you, and will stand in awe of His goodness and mercy!
Yes, you can change, even now; because God’s hand is extended to you, and He will lift you up. Humble yourself before Him, call upon His name, and He will give you mercy (His unmerited favor), and He will give you GRACE (the power of Christ to do God’s will).
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb_4:16).
Perhaps the Psalmist said it best – “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psa_84:11).
Why not prove this true in your own life today?