Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Genesis 2:4-25; Job 2:11-3:26; Matthew 2:1-23

This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Exodus 12:2

This day marked the end of slavery for Israel in Egypt, and offered the prospect of a blessed future in a land “flowing with milk and honey” (Ex. 33:3). This came about through the blood of the spotless Passover lamb that was slain. Dear unsaved reader, you can be freed from the bondage of sin, and its consequences, through the blood of the Lamb of God, who shed His blood for you. Trust Him today, and you will have the happiest New Year you have ever had, and be assured of being in Heaven with your Saviour at the close of life’s short day. —W. H. Burnett

He breaks the power of cancelled sin, He sets the prisoner free,
His blood can make the foulest clean, His blood avails for me. —Wesley

January 2

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 2:4-25; Job 2:11-3:26; Matt. 2

Christ died for us. Romans 5:8, KJV

During a political revolution in a South American city, the bullets flew, and frightened bystanders ran for cover. Many fell wounded and dying in the city square. A lad ran for cover behind a large tree just as a bullet embedded itself in the trunk. When the firing ceased and all was safe, he dug the bullet out with his knife, and with deep gratitude carved in the scarred trunk, “God bless this tree.” The tree saved his life; and the death of Christ on Calvary’s tree can save your soul.
—Arnot P. McIntee

It was for me, yes, all for me, O Love of God, so great, so free;
O wondrous love, I’ll shout and sing,
He died for me, my Lord and King! —John M. Whyte