Rejoice In Hope

What a theme for meditation is the sacrifice that Jesus made for lost sinners!  “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”  How shall we estimate the blessings thus brought within our reach?  Could Jesus have suffered more?  Could He have purchased for us richer blessings?  Should it not melt the hardest heart when we remember that for our sakes He left the happiness and glory of heaven and suffered poverty and shame, cruel affliction and a terrible death?  Had He not by His death and resurrection opened for us the door of hope, we should have known nothing but the horrors of darkness and the miseries of despair.  In our present state, favored and blessed as we are, we cannot realize from what depths we have been rescued.  We cannot measure how much deeper our afflictions would have been, how much greater our woes, had not Jesus encircled us with His human arm of sympathy and love, and lifted us up.

We may rejoice in hope.  Our Advocate is in the heavenly sanctuary, pleading in our behalf.  Through His merits we have pardon and peace.  He died that He might wash away our sins, clothe us with His righteousness, and fit us for the society of heaven, where we may dwell in light forever… When Satan would fill your mind with despondency, gloom, and doubt, resist his suggestions.  Tell him of the blood of Jesus, that cleanses from all sin.  You cannot save yourself from the tempter’s power, but he trembles and flees when the merits of that precious blood are urged.  Then will you not gratefully accept the blessings Jesus bestows?  Will you not take the cup of salvation that He presents, and call on the name of the Lord?…  He watches with the most intense interest your progress in the heavenly way; He sees your earnest efforts; He notes your declensions and your recoveries, your hopes and your fears, your conflicts and your victories.

E. G. White, Testimonies For The Church, vol. 5, p. 316

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