Daily Devotional 6-9-18

Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.

Matthew 17:17–18

He who is the delight of the Father’s heart finds His greatest joy in presenting the riches of His grace to needy sinners. While His condition on the mount was one of indescribable glory, His heart was the same as when He walked among men in lowliness and compassion. And so it is still. He abides for eternity “the same Jesus.” To Him we may bring our dear ones for whose welfare we are concerned, assured that His interest in them is deeper and more tender than ours ever can be. Fullness of grace resides in Him for the benefit of all who come to Him in their need and distress. When at last He returns to reign and “every eye will see Him” (Revelation 1:7), He will be the very same as when He ministered so lovingly to those who sought His favor in the days of His flesh. It is the privilege of every parent to bring the children to Him, and claim, in faith, the saving power of the blood of Him who is the true paschal Lamb.

Beneath the blood-stained lintel I with my children stand;

A messenger of evil is passing through the land.

There is no other refuge from the destroyer’s face;

Beneath the blood-stained lintel shall be our hiding place.

The Lamb of God has suffered, our sins and griefs He bore;

By faith the blood is sprinkled above our dwelling’s door.

The foe who seeks to enter doth fear that sacred sign;

Tonight the blood-stained lintel shall shelter me and mine.

 H. A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994), 165.