Lord’s Day, January 20, 2019

Genesis 26:1-35; Job 32:1-33:33; Matthew 13:44-14:12

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth. Isaiah 42:1a

In the Old Testament, Israel offered many innocent, unwilling lambs as sacrifices for their sins. God took no delight in them because they could only cover sin. But at Calvary, God’s chosen Lamb willingly went and offered Himself. God delighted in His Son’s perfection, taking pleasure in the sweet aroma of His devotional sacrifice. He joyfully accepted His Son’s once and for all sin offering that completely removes our sins and even their remembrance. —George Ferrier

Not all the blood of beasts, on Jewish altars slain,
Could give the guilty conscience peace, or wash away its stain.
But Christ, the heavenly Lamb, takes all our sins away;
A sacrifice of nobler name, and richer blood than they. —Isaac Watts

January 20

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 26; Job 32:1-33:33; Matt. 13:44-14:12

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up. John 3:14
When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he… John 8:28
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself. John 12:32

These three statements of the Lord all referred to His crucifixion. Through our Saviour’s death, He has brought us life, just as when Moses lifted up the serpent on a pole. Secondly, His death proved that He was the Son of Man. Lastly, with arms open wide He draws all people to Himself. Have you come to Him for life? —Rex Trogdon

Lifted up was He to die, it is finished was His cry; Now in heaven
exalted high: Hallelujah! What a Saviour! —Philip P. Bliss