April 1

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 8:1-36; Psalm 108:1-13; Mark 1:1-20

To you who believe, He is precious. 1 Peter 2:7, NKJV 

This verse doesn’t say what the Lord should be to us, but rather what He is! Love for Christ is a result of having believed and is one of the unmistakable signs of regeneration. John says, “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19, NKJV). Paul declares of anyone who does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, “Let him be Anathema” (1 Corinthians 16:22, KJV), which means “accursed.” Friends, there is no middle ground. The saved love the Lord Jesus and the unsaved do not. The Redeemer is precious to all the redeemed. What does He mean to you? —Carl Knott

I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree;
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow,
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now. —William R. Featherston

Monday, April 1, 2019

Leviticus 8:1-36; Psalm 108:1-13; Mark 1:1-20

And every man went unto his own house…Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. John 7:53; 8:1

What a contrast! Everyone went home to their families and friends to refresh themselves. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives alone. The Lord’s priorities were foreign to everyone else’s. This world could not provide Him with a true and lasting refuge. He had work to do and could not rest till it was accomplished. The same is true of His followers; this world is not our resting place— or at least, it shouldn’t be! —Sid Halsband

This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing through,
My treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue.
The angels beckon me, from heaven’s open door;
And I can’t feel at home, in this world anymore. —Jim Reeves