Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Exodus 37:1-29; Psalm 89:19-52; Acts 22:1-21

Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” John 21:5, NKJV

Did the Lord Jesus need to ask the disciples this question? No, He didn’t—He already knew that they hadn’t caught anything. He was willing and able to provide for them, but they first had to be honest about their need. Rather than denying their empty nets, or claiming that they could catch something themselves, the disciples simply told the truth about their situation. Dear friend, have you been honest with the Lord Jesus about your need of a Saviour? He is willing and able to provide for you! Acknowledge your need today! —Lynn Shatford

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling. —A. Toplady

March 20

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 37:1-29; Psalm 89:19-52; Acts 22:1-21

Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Isaiah 1:18 

Sin stains! The scarlet and the crimson referred to in this passage were “fast dyes.” That is, once the fabric had received the dyes, the stain was indelible. Such are the stains of sin. Once sins have been committed, the stain cannot be removed by man’s device. But what an offer the Lord makes to sin-stained man: He will remove indelible stain, and make the sinner as pure and clean as fresh snow. “And the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). —W. H. Burnett

There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel’s veins,
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
—William Cowper