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Christ Did not Turn Back

Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane

Today's Devotional

Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart,” Psalm. 40:7, 8 (ESV).

The Psalmist did not say this of himself. The inspired author of the epistle to the Hebrews has applied the words not to David, but to David’s Son and Lord. Spoken by any other person they would have been unintelligible or contradictory; proceeding from him they are clear, appropriate, and full of deeply interesting truth. It was in the time of man’s extremity that the Redeemer undertook to work out his deliverance. No other expedients could be of any avail. Sacrifice and offering had been resorted to; but they could not take away sin. God did not desire and could not accept of them as an adequate atonement for the guilt of man. In this awful emergency, when his case seemed to be hopeless, and his salvation impossible, then it was that He, who alone had power to save, exclaimed with generous promptitude, ‘Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God.’

….The Son of God discovered no wish to shrink from his undertaking, now that the time of its fulfilment had arrived. On the contrary, he declared his willingness to act up to the very letter of his engagement, by doing and suffering according to all that had been written in the law, and by the prophets, and in the Psalms concerning him. 

About the author and the source

The Christian’s Daily Companion was the work of thirty-one contributors from The Church of Scotland, each of whom provided morning and evening meditations for the days assigned them.

John Barr. “[Feb.] Twenty-Second Day—Evening,” in The Christian’s Daily Companion. Glasgow and Edinburgh: Blackie and Son, 1843.

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