Look to the glorious Friend

(William Nicholson LISTEN to audio!  Download audio

Christians! The Redeemer with all His glorious salvation, in all His offices, and under all the characters which He sustains–is yours! You may say with the fullest assurance, “My beloved is mine, and I am His!” You are the objects of the blessed Redeemer’s particular care, given into His hands by His and your Father, to be saved by Him . . .
from the guilt and dominion of sin,
all the powers of darkness, and
from the vengeance of eternal fire!

He executes all of His offices on your behalf:

As a Priest, He has made an atonement for your sin and reconciled you to God.

And as a Prophet, He teaches you from His Word, all that you need for life and godliness.

As a King, He reigns in His Church, and rules in the heart of every believer.

and a Physician to heal the diseased.

He is a Shepherd to feed and guide His flock,

and a Counselor to direct them in all the intricate paths of life.

He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother, and whose friendship is unchangeable and everlasting.

Because He is an Advocate to plead His people’s cause,

He is a Redeemer to emancipate their souls from sin’s bondage.

He is . . .

a Sun to enlighten you,
and a Shield to defend you,
a Door to admit you to Heaven,
and a Tree for fruit to nourish you,
a Balm of Gilead to heal your soul maladies!

Well may Christ be called “the Consolation of Israel,” for . . .look to the glorious Friend
His unchangeable grace and mercy,
and His perfect obedience unto sin-atoning death.
His constant divine intercession are replete
  with comfort to the lost and undone sinner.

By the power of Christ’s grace . . .
our distracting fears are hushed to silence and
we are filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
While in ecstasy we exclaim, “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world!”

I have found Him whom my soul loves!

I’ve found the Pearl of greatest price!

My Christ is first, my Christ is last, my Christ is all in all!

Look, Christians, to your Redeemer, and listen to the gracious words that proceed from his mouth:

  “As the Father has loved me–so have I loved you.”

  “You are my friends if you do what I command you.”

  “The Father himself loves you because you have loved me!”

  “I am the Good Shepherd. My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish–ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand.”​ ​

What more could your Lord say? Here he opens his heart to you and declares that no good thing will He withhold from you who are united to him. Oh! contemplate the great object of your devout desires, and look to the glorious Friend who utters these promises, and guides your feeble steps.
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