Lesson for the Lord’s Day

For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebrews 12:3

A friend of mine had an interest in collecting old magazines, and frequently read articles related to his hobby. One day, someone told him about an article in a local newspaper related to old magazines, and asked him if he had read it. My friend, who apparently had a low opinion of that newspaper, declared, ‘Life is too short to read that paper!’ The impression he was making was that there were more important and worthwhile things he could be doing. If we were to rank all of the things we do, and list them according to how worthwhile they are, we might come up with some interesting observations about our sense of priorities. May I suggest that there is one activity that we would do well to place at the top of our list – consider Him.

Time is too short and eternity too long to NOT spend as much of it as possible considering the Lord Jesus. Remember, all the poor souls who will enter hell will do so because they failed to give Him enough consideration. All the Christians who make shipwreck of their testimony, or who fail to accomplish anything worthwhile in their spiritual lives can ultimately lay the blame on their failure to give enough consideration to their Lord and Saviour. On the other hand, all of those who have accomplished great exploits for God, every saint who remains faithful in their service and witness for Christ, every child of God who enjoys daily communion with their Lord and appreciates fellowship with His people gives evidence of the sustaining and elevating power of considering Him. Perhaps none of us are all that we ought to be, but our focus on Christ makes all the difference in separating us from the world and unto Himself.

Our text reminds us that He is the One Who endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself. From the rejection and hatred displayed by Herod and his cronies in His childhood, to the Jewish leaders and religious hypocrites who hounded and plotted against Him during His ministry, to the crowd that cried for His blood at Gabbatha, to those who mocked and jeered as He hung on the cross, the Lord Jesus endured the contradiction of sinners. In doing so, He proved that our hearts were at enmity against Him and were guilty of His death. He also proved how far it was necessary to go to fulfill the will of His Father. None of us will ever go as far as He must go, of course. But He sets for us a great example. and our hearts are encouraged as we consider Him.

Considering Him today is the best use of your time. – Jim MacIntosh

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