January 6

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 7:11-8:19; Job 9:1-10:22; Matt. 5:21-48

They…hate me without a cause… Psalm 69:4, KJV
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Man has the strange capacity to hate for no reason whatever. This is so clearly demonstrated in his treatment of the Lord Jesus. Yet God has the even more remarkable capacity to love without a cause. If God required a reason before He could love us, we all would be utterly without hope. Yet now we can love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19)! —Fred Cameron

Causeless, ceaseless, changeless Love,
How it ought my heart to move;
In the Cross man’s hate we see
O’erwhelmed by Love’s immensity.
—Author Unknown

Lord’s Day, January 6, 2019

Genesis 7:11-8:19; Job 9:1-10:22; Matthew 5:21-48

I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. Psalm 69:20

Where was everybody when the Saviour could find no one to comfort or take pity on Him? Judas had betrayed Him. Peter had denied Him. At Gethsemane, all forsook Him and fled. Before Pilate, the world rejected Him and cried, “Crucify him” (Luke 23:21). Alone He went to the cross and in those hours of darkness even the few who did follow could not comfort Him as He cried, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46). Only He could pay the price for our sin, and that is what He did as He died alone for you and me. What a magnificent Saviour! —David Croudace

He could have called ten thousand angels
But He died alone for you and me. —Ray Overholt