Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Exodus 1:1-2:22; Psalm 31:1-24; Matthew 27:45-66

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebrews 12:3

The Lord Jesus su?ered the continual slander directed at Him. Denying His eternal Sonship, they sneered, “He is just the carpenter’s son.” Contradicting His heavenly origin, they mocked, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). Repudiating His holy character, they sco?ed, “He is deceiving the people.” Alone at the cross, reproach broke His heart (Ps. 69:20). Yet today what joy must fill His heart when someone trusts Him as Saviour, proclaiming “I believe you Lord.” Have you? —George Ferrier

Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood; Hallelujah! What a Saviour! —P. Bliss

February 12

DAILY READINGS: Ex. 1-2:22; Psalm 31:1-24; Matt. 27:45-66

…you have kept the good wine until now. John 2:10

The best wine served at the marriage of Cana was that which Jesus had made. How significant that turning water into wine was the Lord’s first miracle. It was a miracle associated with the coming of joy. A world terribly short of joy ought to consider such a miracle worker, because He is still doing it today. To those who come to Him for true, lasting joy, He gives the joy of sins forgiven; the joy of peace with God; the joy of communion with Him. This is joy far better than any wine this earth can provide. —E. MacLelland

Pleasures of earth, so seemingly sweet, Fail at the last my longings to
meet; Only in Thee my bliss is complete, Only, dear Lord, in Thee!
—T. O. Chisholm