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The Imitation of Christ

Thomas Hemerken of Kempen, or Thomas À Kempis as he is now known.
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Apr 19
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Song = Steal Away

Apr 19

2. The Interior Life

2.11 Few Love the Cross ofJesus

JESUS has always many who love His heavenly kingdom, but fewwho bear His cross. He has many who desire consolation, but fewwho care for trial. He finds many to share His table, but few totake part in His fasting. All desire to be happy with Him; fewwish to suffer anything for Him. Many follow Him to the breakingof bread, but few to the drinking of the chalice of His passion.Many revere His miracles; few approach the shame of the Cross.Many love Him as long as they encounter no hardship; many praiseand bless Him as long as they receive some comfort from Him. Butif Jesus hides Himself and leaves them for a while, they falleither into complaints or into deep dejection. Those, on thecontrary, who love Him for His own sake and not for any comfortof their own, bless Him in all trial and anguish of heart as wellas in the bliss of consolation. Even if He should never give themconsolation, yet they would continue to praise Him and wishalways to give Him thanks. What power there is in pure love forJesus—love that is flee from all self-interest andself-love!

Do not those who always seek consolation deserve to be calledmercenaries? Do not those who always think of their own profitand gain prove that they love themselves rather than Christ?Where can a man be found who desires to serve God for nothing?Rarely indeed is a man so spiritual as to strip himself of allthings. And who shall find a man so truly poor in spirit as to befree from every creature? His value is like that of thingsbrought from the most distant lands.

If a man give all his wealth, it is nothing; if he do greatpenance, it is little; if he gain all knowledge, he is still farafield; if he have great virtue and much ardent devotion, hestill lacks a great deal, and especially, the one thing that ismost necessary to him. What is this one thing? That leaving all,he forsake himself, completely renounce himself, and give up allprivate affections. Then, when he has done all that he knowsought to be done, let him consider it as nothing, let him makelittle of what may be considered great; let him in all honestycall himself an unprofitable servant. For truth itself has said:"When you shall have done all these things that arecommanded you, say: ‘we are unprofitableservants.’" {#Lu 17:10}

Then he will be truly poor and stripped in spirit, and withthe prophet may say: "I am alone and poor." {#Ps 25:16}No one, however, is more wealthy than such a man; no one is morepowerful, no one freer than he who knows how to leave all thingsand think of himself as the least of all.

April 19-Morning {Daily Reading: #2Sa 21:1-22:51} {Quick Study: #1Ki 3:1-6:38}

"Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." {#Mt 27:51}

No mean miracle was wrought in the rending of so strong and thick a veil; but it was not intended merely as a display of power—many lessons were herein taught us. The old law of ordinances was put away, and like a wornout vesture, rent and laid aside. When Jesus died, the sacrifices were all finished, because all fulfilled in him, and therefore the place of their presentation was marked with an evident token of decay. That rent also revealed all the hidden things of the old dispensation: the mercy seat could now be seen, and the glory of God gleamed forth above it. By the death of our Lord Jesus we have a clear revelation of God, for he was "not as Moses, who put a veil over his face." Life and immortality are now brought to light, and things which have been hidden since the foundation of the world are manifest in him. The annual ceremony of atonement was thus abolished. The atoning blood which was once every year sprinkled within the veil, was now offered once for all by the great High Priest, and therefore the place of the symbolical rite was broken up. No blood of bullocks or of lambs is needed now, for Jesus has entered within the veil with his own blood. Hence access to God is now permitted, and is the privilege of every believer in Christ Jesus. There is no small space laid open through which we may peer at the mercy seat, but the rent reaches from the top to the bottom. We may come with boldness to the throne of the heavenly grace. Shall we err if we say that the opening of the Holy of Holies in this marvellous manner by our Lord’s expiring cry was the type of the opening of the gates of paradise to all the saints by virtue of the Passion? Our bleeding Lord hath the key of heaven; he openeth and no man shutteth; let us enter in with him into the heavenly places, and sit with him there till our common enemies shall be made his footstool.

And Also

April 19-Evening

"The Amen." {#Re 3:14}

The word AMEN solemnly confirms that which went before; and Jesus is the great Confirmer; immutable, for ever is "the Amen" in all his promises. Sinner, I would comfort thee with this reflection. Jesus Christ said, "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." If you come to him, he will say "Amen" in your soul; his promise shall be true to you. He said in the days of his flesh, "The bruised reed I will not break." O thou poor, broken, bruised heart, if thou comest to him, he will say "Amen" to thee, and that shall be true in thy soul as in hundreds of cases in bygone years. Christian, is not this very comforting to thee also, that there is not a word which has gone out of the Saviour’s lips which he has ever retracted? The words of Jesus shall stand when heaven and earth shall pass away. If thou gettest a hold of but half a promise, thou shalt find it true. Beware of him who is called "Clip promise," who will destroy much of the comfort of God’s word.

Jesus is Yea and Amen in all his offices. He was a Priest to pardon and cleanse once, he is Amen as Priest still. He was a King to rule and reign for his people, and to defend them with his mighty arm, he is an Amen King, the same still. He was a Prophet of old, to foretell good things to come, his lips are most sweet, and drop with honey still—he is an Amen Prophet. He is Amen as to the merit of his blood; he is Amen as to his righteousness. That sacred robe shall remain most fair and glorious when nature shall decay. He is Amen in every single title which he bears; your Husband, never seeking a divorce; your Friend, sticking closer than a brother; your Shepherd, with you in death’s dark vale; your Help and your Deliverer; your Castle and your High Tower; the Horn of your strength, your confidence, your joy, your all in all, and your Yea and Amen in all.

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