January 16

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 22; Job 25:1-26:14; Matt. 12:1-21

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor. 2 Corinthians 8:9

In 1936, the heir to the British throne gave up his kingdom to marry the woman he loved. In an interview, the director of a film portraying that story commented that she had “been loved a lot, but no one has ever given up their kingdom for me.” But that’s exactly what the Lord Jesus did! He left the beauties of heaven and came to this sin-cursed earth, to die a shameful death on the cross—all that He might woo us to Himself. How can you spurn love like that? —Lynn Shatford

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
When Thou camest to earth for me!
But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn,
They bore Thee to Calvary. —E. Elliott