Lord’s Day, June 30, 2019

Joshua 13:1-33; Isaiah 9:8-10:4; Luke 24:36-53

But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

All of Christ’s work testifies to victory. Shouting “finished” (John 19:30) from the cross He paid the price for our sins. Rising from the dead He won the victory over death. Ascending to the Father through the air, He demonstrated His victory over the prince of the power of the air. Someday Christ will return to gather us in the air, revealing His glorified Bride, the fruit of His victory. Later He’ll return with His saints, defeating the world’s armies, and setting up His kingdom on earth. Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ. —George Ferrier

O lead me to the Man that died, who all God’s nature glorified;
Descending to the depths of woe; and for us vanquished every foe! —Alfred Mace

June 30

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 13:1-33; Isaiah 9:8-10:4; Luke 24:36-53

Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here…” John 7:6

The Lord declared that His time had not yet come to accomplish the work of salvation. Eventually it would come, but only according to God’s perfect timing—not before and not after. In contrast, their time was always ready as it is with anyone outside the household of faith. What it takes to make peace in a person’s life is unknown to us (Luke 19:42). But one thing is sure, dear friend, your time is always ready to come to the Saviour since you do not know what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1). Why not settle the issue and come to Him today? —Mark Kolchin

“All things are ready,” come to the feast! Come, for the door is open
wide; A place of honour is reserved, for you at the Master’s side.
—C. Gabriel

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Joshua 11:1-12:24; Isaiah 8:5-9:7; Luke 24:13-35

Ye see me no more. John 16:10

No more! Those words filled the disciples’ heart with sorrow as the Lord announced His departure (v. 6). But consider what He was leaving to accomplish. He paid the full price for our redemption so “there is no more offering for sin” (Heb. 10:18). His victory was seen when He rose to “dieth no more” (Rom. 6:9). The sinner who is cleansed can claim God’s promise: “Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Heb. 10:17). Then, when this life is over, the child of God goes to the Land of no more curse (Rev. 22:3). And there, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death” (21:4). What a blessing to know more of God’s grand purposes this side of the cross! —Brian Cretney

No blood, no altar now, the sacrifice is o’er!
No flame, no smoke ascends on high, the lamb is slain no more.—Bonar

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Joshua 11:1-12:24; Isaiah 8:5-9:7; Luke 24:13-35

Ye see me no more. John 16:10

No more! Those words filled the disciples’ heart with sorrow as
the Lord announced His departure (v. 6). But consider what He
was leaving to accomplish. He paid the full price for our redemption
so “there is no more offering for sin” (Heb. 10:18). His victory
was seen when He rose to “dieth no more” (Rom. 6:9). The sinner
who is cleansed can claim God’s promise: “Their sins and iniquities
will I remember no more” (Heb. 10:17). Then, when this life is over,
the child of God goes to the Land of no more curse (Rev. 22:3).
And there, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there
shall be no more death” (21:4). What a blessing to know more of
God’s grand purposes this side of the cross! —Brian Cretney

No blood, no altar now, the sacrifice is o’er!
No flame, no smoke ascends on high, the lamb is slain no more.—Bonar

June 29

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 11:1-12:24; Isaiah 8:5-9:7; Luke 24:13-35

For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

As an emergency room physician, I saw patients soon after they were injured. “What happened?” I would ask. Commonly they responded: “Well, it was so stupid, I was just…” In other words, they knew better, but did not take the time or care to prevent an injury. How tragic and terrible would it be for one who knew Christ died for their sins, and who knew that accepting Him as Saviour and Lord would mean eternal life; how tragic indeed for such a one to be cast into the lake of fire. Forever. —David Logan

Come to the Saviour, make no delay;
Here in His Word, He’s shown us the way. —George F. Root

Friday, June 28, 2019

Joshua 10:1-43; Isaiah 7:1-8:4; Luke 23:47-24:12

I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2

In Great Britain, one comes across stone walls, which have stood for hundreds of years. If you look closely at them you will see that each stone, no matter how small, has a place. Each one, no matter its size, has been important to the integrity of the whole. Even so are we. Peter says that believers as “lively stones, are built up a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5). Paul adds that we are “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Eph. 2:20). Each one of God’s peoples is integral to the whole. May we fulfill our role with joy and faithfulness. —Ken Gunnell

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! —G. Keith

June 28

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 10:1-43; Isaiah 7:1-8:4; Luke 23:47-24:12

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8, NKJV

On September 25, 2008, father of three, Austin Hemmings of Auckland New Zealand was fatally stabbed after going to the aid of a woman who was being assaulted. Austin, a Christian, stepped in to save the life of a stranger and, in doing so, gave his own life. In a vastly greater way that’s what Jesus did! He sacrificed His life for the whole world. When we were unable to help ourselves, Jesus died in our place so that we might live. Have you received Him as your Saviour. Have you thanked Him for taking your place? —J. Fleming

The death He died was mine, His suffering was for me,
The life I live today is His and I’m forever free. —J. F.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Joshua 9:1-27; Isaiah 6:1-13; Luke 23:13-46

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; For in thee do I trust: Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Psalm 143:8

As David suffered persecution he asked for two things. First, he longed to enjoy more of the goodness and kindness of His God, because he trusted in Him. His second petition can apply two ways, morally and practically: that morally he would walk in a way pleasing to the Lord, and practically that he would know divine guidance as he lived his life. David asked because he looked alone to the Lord to uphold him. May we follow his example and trust in our God—no matter our circumstances. —Pete Smith

Mine eyes are unto Thee, my God, my soul on Thee doth wait, My hope is in Thy faithful Word, and in Thy love so great. —F. J. M.

June 27

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 9:1-27; Isaiah 6:1-13; Luke 23:13-46

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15

The garden of Eden, was God’s ideal earthly home for man. There he enjoyed the fruit of God’s provision, and was blessed with His fellowship. Alas, man rebelled against his Creator. But there was another garden, Gethsemane, where our Lord did not act on His own will as Adam had, but bowed to the will of His Father and went to the cross to save us from the wreckage of that first sin. By faith in Him, God’s heavenly home is opened. Do you believe? —Milton Haack

For me it was in the garden, He prayed: “Not My will, but Thine.”
He had no tears for His own griefs, but sweat drops of blood for mine.
O how marvelous! O how wonderful! Is my Saviour’s love for me!
—Charles Hutchinson Gabriel

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Joshua 8:1-35; Isaiah 5:1-30; Luke 22:54-23:12

He (the prodigal) said…I perish with hunger! I…will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee. Luke 15:17-18

The Prodigal Son was initially motivated by his hunger. But his true conviction was his sin. We can suggest to unbelievers that their lives will be so much better off if they join our Christian fellowship. But the Spirit has come into the world to “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Simply inviting them to a local fellowship with no personal support or teaching will not be nearly as effective as lovingly showing them their sin and guiding them to Christ. —Ken Gross

Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful power in the blood. —Lewis Jones