one unchanging Sympathizer

(John MacDuff, “The Sympathy of Jesus” 1874)

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable
to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we
have one who has been tempted in every way,
just as we are.” Hebrews 4:15

How varied were the methods by which Jesus,
when on earth, expressed His sympathetic love
and thoughtful compassion! He was the world’s
good Samaritan
, binding up the wounds of
aching humanity!

The sympathy of Christ is a comprehensive and
particular sympathy; embracing not only all His
Church, but every individual member of it.
It takes in the whole range of . . .
human infirmities,
outward troubles,
inward perplexities,
and unspoken griefs…

No trial,
no pang,
no tear,
escapes His eye.

With a microscopic power “He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust,” 
as if we stood
alone in the world, and individually engrossed
all His solicitudes.

The world’s sympathy is often short lived. It
cannot penetrate the depths and recesses of the
smitten heart. …

There is but one unchanging Sympathizer!
The Immutable Savior! … no hand of time or of years,
“Can ever efface us from His heart,
Or make His love decay.”

..“there is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother.” 
There is but one unchanging Sympathizer!

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