Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“I have chosen to exalt One out of the common people.”
Why was Christ chosen out of the people? Wasn’t it so that he could be our brother with the same human blood flowing through his veins? Oh, what a relationship there is between Christ and the believer! The believer can say, “I have a Brother in heaven; I may be poor, but I have a Brother who is rich and a King. Will he allow me to lack anything while he remains on his throne? Oh, no! He loves me; he is my Brother.”
Believer, wear this blessed thought like a golden ring on the finger of your memory, and use it as the King’s own seal, stamping the petitions of your faith with the confidence of success. He is a brother born for adversity; treat him as such.
Christ was also chosen out of the people that he might know our needs and sympathize with us. “He was tempted in all things like we are yet without sin.” In all our sorrows we have his sympathy. Temptation, pain, disappointment, weakness, weariness, poverty: he knows them all, for he has felt them all.
Remember this, dear Christian, and let it comfort you. However difficult and painful your road, it is marked by the footsteps of your Saviour; and even when you reach the dark valley of the shadow of death and the deep waters of the swelling Jordan, you will find his footprints there. Everywhere you could possibly go, you will find that he has been there before you. Each burden you have to carry has already been laid on the shoulders of Immanuel. Take courage! For royal feet have left a blood-red track upon the road and have consecrated the thorny path forever! [M&E]