The Most High Rules

By His humanity, Christ touched humanity; by His divinity, He lays hold upon the throne of God.  As the Son of man, He gave us an example of obedience; as the Son of God, He gives us power to obey.  It was Christ who from the bush on Horeb spoke to Moses saying, “I AM THAT I AM… Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:14  This was the pledge of Israel’s deliverance.  So when He came “in the likeness of men,” He declared Himself the I AM.  The child of Bethlehem, the meek and lowly Saviour, is God “manifest in the flesh.”  I Timothy 3:16  And to us He says: “I AM the Good Shepherd.”  “I AM the living Bread.”  “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”  “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.”  John 10:11; 6:51; 14:6; Mathew 28:18.  I AM the assurance of every promise.  I AM; be not afraid.  “God with us” is the surety of our deliverance from sin, the assurance of our power to obey the law of heaven.

E. G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 24

By trial the Lord proves the strength of His children… This the Lord ascertains by trying us.  In the furnace of affliction He purifies us from all dross.  He sends us trials, not to cause needless pain, but to lead us to look to Him, to strengthen our endurance, to teach us that if we do not rebel, but put our trust in Him, we shall see of His salvation.

Christ’s love for His children is as strong as it is tender.  It is a love stronger than death, for He died for us.  It is a love more true than that of a mother for her children.  The mother’s love may change, but Christ’s love is changeless.  “I am persuaded,” Paul says, “that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38, 39

E. G. White, In Heavenly Places, p. 269

Humble, gracious, tenderhearted, pitiful, (Christ) went about doing good, feeding the hungry, lifting up the bowed down, comforting the sorrowing.  None who came to Him for aid went away unrelieved.  Not a thread of selfishness was woven into the pattern He has left for His children to follow… To all who came to Him for help He brought faith and hope and life.  Wherever He went He carried blessing.

The tender sympathies of our Saviour were aroused for fallen and suffering humanity.  If you would be His followers, cultivate compassion and sympathy.  Indifference to human woes must give place to lively interest in the sufferings of others.  The widow, the orphan, the sick and the dying, will always need help.  Here is an opportunity to proclaim the gospel–to hold up Jesus, the hope and consolation of all men.  When the suffering body has been relieved, and you have shown a lively interest in the afflicted, the heart is opened, and you can pour in the heavenly balm.  If you are looking to Jesus, and drawing from Him knowledge and strength and grace, you can impart His consolation to others, because the comforter is with you.

E. G. White, My Life Today, p. 230

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