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Daily Readings - John 12:44-50

J.C. Ryle - Daily Readings
John 12:44-50

He who believes on me does not believe in me but in him who sent me (John 12:44b)

Concerning the unity of the Father and the Son, we must be content to believe reverently what we cannot grasp mentally or explain distinctly. Let it suffice us to know that our Saviour was not like the prophets and patriarchs, a man sent by God the Father, a friend of God and a witness for God. He was something far higher and greater than this. He was in his divine nature essentially one with the Father and, in seeing him, men saw the Father that sent him. This is a great mystery, but a truth of vast importance to our souls. He that casts his sins on Jesus Christ by faith is building on a rock. Believing on Christ, he believes not merely on him, but on him that sent him.


Daily Readings - John 12:27-33

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John 12:27-33

Now my soul has become troubled (John 12:27a)

Nothing can ever explain our Lord's trouble of soul, both here in an in Gethsemane, except the old doctrine that he felt the burden of man's sin pressing him down. It was the mighty weight of a world's guilt imputed to him and meeting on his head which made him groan and agonize and cry, 'Now is my soul troubled.' Forever let us cling to that doctrine, not only as untying the knot of the passage before us, but as the only ground of solid comfort for the heart of a Christian. That our sins have been really laid on our divine Substitute and born by him, and that his righteousness is really imputed to us and account ours -- this is the real warrant for Christian peace. And if any man asks how we know that our sins were laid on Christ, we bid him read such passages as that which is before us and explain them on any other principle if he can. Christ has borne our sons, carried our sins, groaned under the burden of our sins, been 'troubled' in soul by the weight of our sins and really taken away our sins. This, we may rest assured, is sound doctrine; this is scriptural theology.


Daily Readings - John 12:1-11

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John 12:1-11

But Judas Iscariot, one his his disciples, who was intending to betray him . . . (John 12:4a)

Hardness appears in Judas Iscariot who, after being a chosen apostle and a preacher of the kingdom of heaven, turns out at least a thief and a traitor. So long as the world stands, this unhappy man will be a lasting proof of the depth of human corruption. That anyone could follow Christ as a disciple for three years, see all his miracles, hear all his teaching, receive at his hand repeated kindnesses, be counted an apostle and yet prove rotten at heart in the end -- all this at first sight appears incredible and impossible! Yet the case of Judas shows plainly that the thing can be. Few things, perhaps, are so little realized as the extent of the fall of man.

Let us thank God if we know anything of faith and can say, with all our sense of weakness and infirmity, 'I believe.' Let us pray that our faith may be real, true, genuine, and sincere, and not a mere temporary impression, like the morning cloud and the early dew. Not least, let us watch and pray against the love of the world. It ruined one who based in the full sunshine of privileges and heard Christ himself teaching every day.


Daily Readings - John 11:38-44

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John 11:38-44

So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised his eyes and said, "Father I thank You . . . " (John 11:41)

We should mark the words which our Lord addressed to God the Father when the stone was taken from the grave. We read that he said, 'Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou has sent me.'

This wonderful language is totally unlike anything said by prophets or apostles when they worked miracles. In fact, it is not prayer, but praise. It evidently implies a constant mysterious communion going on between Jesus and his Father in heaven, which it is past the power of man either to explain or conceive. We need not doubt that here, as elsewhere in St. John, our Lord meant to teach the Jews the entire and complete unity there was between him and his Father, in all that he did, as well as in all that he taught. Once more he would remind them that he did not come among them as a mere prophet, but as the Messiah who was sent by the Father and who was one with the Father.

Deep and high is this this truth is, it is for the peace of our souls to believe it thoroughly and to grasp it tightly. Let it be a settled principle of our religion that the Saviour in whom we trust is nothing less than eternal God, one whom the Father hears always, one who in very deed is God's fellow.


Daily Readings - Mark 5:1-13

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Mark 5:1-13

The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them." (Mark 5:12)

We probably have not the faintest idea of the number, subtlety, and activity of Satan's agents. We forget that he is the king over an enormous host of subordinate spirits who do his will . . . The malice of Satan appears in his strange petition (v.12). Cast forth from the man whose body they had so long inhabited and possessed, the spirits still thirsted to do mischief. Unable to injure any more an immoral soul, they desired leave to injure the dumb beasts which were feeding nearby. Such is the true character of Satan. It is the bent of his nature to harm, to kill, and to destroy. No wonder that he is called Apollyon, the destroyer (Rev. 9:11).

Let us beware of giving way to the senseless habit of jesting about the devil. It is a habit which furnishes awful evidence of the blindness and corruption of human nature and one which is far too common. Well would it be for us all if we strove more to realize the power and presence of our great spiritual enemy and prayed more to be delivered from him.