"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan
Monday, April 17, 2017
“JESUS ONLY”—NO FOOLS OF ROME NEEDED!
By Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.” Matthew 17:8. (NKJV) “They saw no one but Jesus only.” This was all they needed to see for their comfort; they were sorely afraid—Moses was gone, and he could give them no comfort; Elijah was gone—he could speak no consolatory word; yet when Jesus said, “Be not afraid,” their fears vanished! All the comfort, then, that any troubled heart needs, it can find in Christ! Go not to Moses, nor Elijah; neither to the Old Covenant, nor to Prophecy; go straight to Jesus only! He was all the Savior they needed. Those three men all needed washing from sin; all needed to be kept and held on their way, but neither Moses nor Elijah could have washed them from sin, nor have kept them from returning to it. Jesus only could cleanse them, and did; Christ could lead them on, and did. Ah, Brothers and Sisters, all the Savior we need, we find in Jesus only! The priests of Rome, and their Anglican mimics officiously offer us their services; how glad they would be if we would bend our necks once again to their yoke! But we thank God we have seen “Jesus only,” and if Moses has gone, and if Elijah has gone, we are not likely to let the fools of Rome come in and fill up the vacancy! “Jesus only,” is enough for our comfort without either Anglican, Mosaic, or Roman priest-craft. He again was to them, as they went afterwards into the world, enough for a Master. “No man can serve two masters,” and albeit, Moses and Elijah might sink into the second rank, yet might there have been some difficulty in the follower’s mind if the leadership were divided? But when they had no leader but Jesus—His guidance, His direction and command were quite sufficient. He, in the day of battle, was enough for their Captain; in the day of difficulty, enough for their direction. They needed none but Jesus! At this day, my Brothers and Sisters, we have no Master but Christ; we submit ourselves to no vicar of God; we bow down ourselves before no great leader of a sect, neither to Calvin, nor to Arminius, to Wesley, or Whitefield. “One is our Master,” and that One is enough, for we have learned to see the Wisdom of God, and the Power of God in Jesus only!