Tag Archives: God’s Love

“Christ’s Sympathy to Weary Pilgrims” by Octavius Winslow

Excerpts from “Christ’s Sympathy to Weary Pilgrims” by Octavius Winslow (1808 and 1878).

Image courtesy of The Octavius Winslow Archive (click on picture to be linked to site and find out more about Octavius' life and ministry)

“WHAT A BOUNDLESS, FATHOMLESS OCEAN!

“Eternal love moved the heart of Jesus to relinquish heaven for earth—a diadem for a cross—the robe of divine majesty for the garment of our nature; by taking upon Himself the leprosy of our sin. Oh, the infinite love of Christ! What a boundless, fathomless ocean! Ask the ransomed of the Lord, whose chains He has dissolved, whose dungeon He has opened, whose liberty He has conferred, if there ever was love like His!

“What shall we say of the ransom price? It was the richest, the costliest, that Heaven could give. He gave Himself for us! What more could He do? He gave Himself; body, soul and spirit. He gave His time, His labor, His blood, His life, His ALL, as the price for our ransom, the cost of our redemption. He carried the wood and reared the altar. Then, bearing His bosom to the stroke of the uplifted and descending arm of the Father, paid the price of our salvation in the warm lifeblood of His heart!

“What a boundless, fathomless ocean! How is it that we feel the force and exemplify the practical influence of this amazing, all commanding truth so faintly? Oh, the desperate depravity of our nature! Oh, the deep iniquity of our iniquitous hearts! Will not the blood drops of Jesus move us? Will not the agonies of the cross influence us? Will not His dying love constrain us to a more heavenly life?”

“AS THOUGH IT HAD NEVER BEEN!

“Beloved, soon, O how soon! all that now loads the heart with care, and wrings it with sorrow—all that dims the eye with tears, and renders the day anxious and the night sleepless, will be as though it had never been! Emerging from the entanglement, the dreariness, the solitude, the loneliness, and the temptations of the wilderness, you shall enter upon your everlasting rest, your unfading inheritance, where there is no sorrow, no declension, no sin, no sunset, no twilight, no evening shadows, no midnight darkness—but all is one perfect, cloudless, eternal day, for Jesus is the joy, the light, and the glory thereof!”

OTHER PARTS OF THE ESSAY INCLUDE:

  • LEAN HARD
  • THE FLAMING SWORD OF JUSTICE QUENCHED IN THE HOLY, LOVING BOSOM OF JESUS!
  • SO FATHOMLESS, BOUNDLESS, AND INEXHAUSTIBLE!
  • LOVE SUFFERING, AND BLEEDING, AND EXPIRING!
  • IT IS I
  • THE PERSONAL ATTRACTIONS OF JESUS!
  • A FATHER’S HAND!
  • FOR YOU!
  • LIFE IS LIKE A PAINTED DREAM
  • FOR ME, A WORM!
  • THE TEARS OF JESUS!
  • WHY THEN, THESE FEARS? WHY THIS DISTRUST?
  • CHRIST’S SLEEPLESS VIGILANCE OVER HIS PEOPLE!
  • LOOKING AT THE WORLD THROUGH THE CROSS
  • BRING YOUR SORROWS TO ME
  • THIS DIVINE SECRET!
  • FOR ME, A POOR, WORTHLESS SINNER!
  • THE WRATH OF GOD LET LOOSE UPON HIS SON!
  • OH, ENCOURAGING TRUTH!
  • YOUR PRESENT ADVERSITY
  • THE LITTLE THINGS OF LIFE!
  • ALL DROPPING FROM THE OUTSTRETCHED, MUNIFICENT HAND OF A LOVING, GRACIOUS, AND BOUNTIFUL FATHER!
  • ALL THE VARIED DEALINGS
  • THAT MOST EXCELLENT AND SUPERLATIVE KNOWLEDGE!
  • A SOUL-SATISFYING SPECTACLE!
  • THE ALTOGETHER LOVELY ONE!
  • THE CHIEF OBJECT OF YOUR STUDY
  • THE MOST ACCESSIBLE AND PRECIOUS SPOT
  • HOW EMPTYING, HUMBLING, AND ABASING!
  • WHEN HIS BEAUTY IS SEEN
  • YOUR ALMIGHTY FRIEND!
  • THE ASTONISHING, THE MARVELOUS LOVE!
  • BECAUSE HE LOVED HER!
  • ETERNALLY REPOSE YOUR WEARY SOUL IN THE BOSOM OF JESUS
  • THE SOLITARY OBJECT OF HIS LOVE!
  • CHRIST MUST BE ALL!
  • THAT FRIEND!
  • WHAT IS HEAVEN?

READ THE FULL SERMON HERE…

God Lovingly Pursues Us When We Fail: Peter…Again

Read John 21.

I. Jesus Uses You Where You Are.

Jesus can use you where you are on this earth as long as you are honest with who and where you are and humble yourself. The most important thing on earth to Jesus is His sheep. Sometimes he has to reorient us, like he did for Peter. Every task can only be done through Christ. He doesn’t ask for perfection. He asks for humility and honesty.

II. Jesus Makes You What You Want To Be.

How? The answer: “Follow Jesus.” John 13, Peter says he would die for Christ, and though he wasn’t ready then, he would be. In the end Peter was martyred by crucifixion for Christ’s sake. Jesus says, “Follow me.” Don’t worry about the other guys; it’s not worth comparing. “The Christian life is about direction not perfection.”

Jesus looks at a “failure” and says, “I can use you now.” There may be consequences to sin and He may not use you in the same way as you were used before, but He can use any of us wherever we are physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally. In I Peter 5:1-4, Peter exhorts others humbly to shepherd the flock of God, just as Christ had exhorted him to feed His sheep. At the end of the day, Christ is the Chief Shepherd; we are at best his undershepherds. God is the God of Second Chances ad infinitum. Praise be to God!

To listen to Dr. Doug Finkbeiner’s full sermon, click here.

Shared at the Heritage Bible Church Adult Retreat 2010 at the Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center.

God Lovingly Pursues Us When We Rebel: David

II Samuel 11:1; 12:26-31. The “5-star king” David falls.

II Samuel 11:2-12:25: Lust turned into adultery and began a rippling effect which involved a plot of lying and ended in a willingness to kill a friend to cover up sin.

When we sin, we desire a back-burner God, acting as if He doesn’t exist. In chapter 11, David “sent” for a messenger, he sent for Bathshebah, he sent for Uriah, and he sent for Joab. In chapter 12, the Lord “sent” the prophet Nathan to David. When God convicts, it hurts good. God exposes rebels, and there are always consequences to our sin.

David lusted after Bathshebah, then committed adultery with her, devised a plot of deceit to cover it up, and when that didn’t work, he murdered Bathshebah’s husband, one of David’s 30 mighty men, a friend. The prophet Nathan comes and tells him a parable about a man who had many sheep and stole the only sheep a man had to have it for himself. When asked how the man should pay, David gets furious and says he should restore fourfold. Nathan points his finger at David and says, “You’re the man.” Consequently, David did pay fourfould for his sin. The son Bathshebah bore him died, along with three other sons. Sin has its consequences.

But God forgives! In verse 8, we see an excessively gracious God. In verse 14, David despised the goodness of God, thinking he “needed” more than what God provided. We think, “I need that.” No, you don’t if God hasn’t given it!! Keep short tabs on sin. And live a life of repentance. God forgives. He forgave David. David and Bathshebah were married and had a second son, Solomon. God used this relationship that started so badly and brought the next king of Israel out of it; and that next king was part of the Messianic line (see Matthew 1)! Who says God doesn’t use broken people?! He can restore the messiest situations and bring peace and hope out of them.

For follow up, study Psalm 51 and Psalm 32. Sins are forgiven when confessed.

To listen to the sermon by Dr. Doug Finkbeiner, click here.

Shared at the Heritage Bible Church Adult Retreat 2010 at the Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center.