Lord’s Day, February 4, 2018

DAILY?READINGS: Gen. 41:50-42:38; Psalm 19:1-14; Matt. 24:29-51

Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. John 19:5

He wore the crown of thorns that identified Him with the curse of our sin (Gen. 3:17-18). Remarkably this dreadful crown was also a portion of the glory that He had prayerfully requested of His Father (John 17:1). Even as His blood dripped from its lacerations, this crown spoke of love, compassion, grace and mercy—essential glories of our lovely Saviour. Only He could wear it in such a fashion. May we glorify Him today. —Sam Thorpe

Crown Him the Lord of love! Behold His hands and side,
Rich wounds yet visible above, In beauty glorified! —Matthew Bridges

February 4

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 41:50-42:38; Psalm 19:1-14; Matt. 24:29-51

The Lord is my shepherd… Psalm 23:1, KJV

Who can be your shepherd? Take care of you through life? Who can give you rest and peace? Who can restore your soul? Who can lead you on the right path, or carry you if need be? And who can take you through the valley of the shadow of death? Only the Lord Jesus Christ. Friend, don’t go through life without Him, and don’t leave this world without Him, if you know what’s good for you. Repent and trust Him today. Then He will lead you and goodness and mercy will follow you, now and forever. —Carl Knott

My soul He doth restore again, And me to walk doth make,
Within the paths of righteousness, E’en for His own name’s sake.
—The Lord is My Shepherd, based on Psalm 23