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    JESUS CHRIST, HIS OWN HERALD.


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    “LO, I come,” saith Christ; so He is His own herald. He does not wait for an eloquent preacher to act as master of the ceremonies to Him; He introduces Himself. You need not do anything to draw Christ’s attention to you; it is Christ who draws attention to Himself. Do you see this? You are the blind bat; and He is all eye towards you, and bids you look on Him. He bids you look on Him when you beseech Him to look on you.

    To many men and women, Christ has come though they have not even desired Him. Yea, He has come even to those who have hated Him. Saul of Tarsus was on his way to worry the saints at Damascus, but Jesus said, “Lo, I come;” and when He looked out of Heaven, He turned Saul, the persecutor, into Paul, the apostle. Again and again has that gracious word been fulfilled, “I was found of them that sought Me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after Me.” Herein is the glorious sovereignty of His love fully exercised, and grace reigns supreme. “Lo, I come,” is the announcement of majestic grace which waiteth not for man, neither tarrieth for the sons of men.

    Before He came, He delighted in the thought of His Incarnation. The Supreme Wisdom saith, “My delights were with the sons of men.” Happy in His Father’s courts, He yet looked forward to an access of happiness in becoming man. “Can that be?” saith one. Could the Son of God be happier than He was in Heaven? As God, He was infinitely blessed; but He knew nothing by experience of the life of man, and into that sphere He desired to enter. To the Godhead, there can be no enlargement, for it is infinite; but, still, there can be an addition; our Lord was to add the nature of man to that of God. He would live as man, suffer as man, and triumph as man, and yet remain God; and to this He looked forward with a strange delight, inexplicable except upon the knowledge of the great love He bore to us.

    He had given His heart so entirely to His dear bride, whom He saw in the glass of predestination, that for her He would endure all things. “Yea, saith the Lord, for her I’ll go Through all the depths of care and woe, And on the cross will even dare The bitter pangs of death to bear.” It was wondrous love. Our Lord’s love surpasses all language and even thought. When He appears, it is as the personal Lord. Lay the stress upon the pronoun, “Lo, I come.” The infinite Ego appears, “Lo, I come.” No mere man could talk thus, and be sane. No servant or prophet of God would ever say, “Lo. I come.” Saintly men talk not so. God’s prophets and apostles have a modest sense of their true position; they never magnify themselves, though they magnify their office. It is for God alone to say, “Lo, I come.” He who says it takes the body prepared for Him, and comes in His own proper personality as the I AM. He comes forth from the. ivory palaces to inhabit the tents of manhood, and He stands forth, in His matchless personality, ready to do the will of God. “Lo, I come.” This is no dirge; I think I hear a silver trumpet ring out, “Lo, I come.” These words indicate a joyful alacrity and intense eagerness. The coming of the Savior was to Him a thing of exceeding willingness. “For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame.”

    This is no clandestine union. He bids Heaven behold Him come into our nature, and calls upon all on earth to gaze upon the wondrous mystery. Our Lord Jesus is the way to Himself. Did you ever notice that? He Himself comes to us, and so He is the way by which we meet Him. He says, “I am the way.”’ He is our rest, and the way to our rest. You say that you want to know how to get to Christ. You have not to get to Him, for He has come to you. It is well for you to come to Christ; but that is only possible because Christ has come to you. Jesus is near you; near you now.

    Backslider, He comes to you! Wandering soul, roving to the very brink of perdition, the good Shepherd cries, “Lo, I come.”

    Remember, also, that He is the blessing which He brings. Jesus not only gives life and resurrection, but He says, “I am the resurrection and the life.”

    Christ is salvation, and everything needful to salvation is in Him. If He comes, all good comes with Him, or rather in Him. An inquirer once said to a minister, “The next step for me is to get a deeper conviction of sin.” The minister replied, “No such thing, my friend; the next step is to trust in Jesus, for He says, Come unto Me.” To come to Jesus, or rather to receive Jesus who has come to us, is the one essential step into eternal salvation.

    Though our Lord does say, “Come unto Me,” He has preceded it with this other word, “Lo, I come.” Poor cripple, if you cannot come to Jesus, ask Him to come to you; and He will. Here you lie, and you have been for years in this case; you have no man to put you into the pool, and it would do you no good if he did; but Jesus can make you whole, and He is here.

    You cannot: stir hand or foot because of spiritual paralysis; but your case is not hopeless. Jesus says, “Lo, I come.” He has no paralysis. He can come, leaping over the mountains of division. I know that my Lord came to me, or I should never have come to Him; then, why should He not come to you? I came to Him because He came to me. “He drew me, and I followed on, Charmed to confess the. voice Divine. ” Why should He not draw you also? Is He not doing so? Yield to the pressure of His love.

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