Monthly Archives: March 2011

31 Mar

Morning “With his stripes we are healed.” – Isa_53:5 Pilate delivered our Lord to the lictors to be scourged. The Roman scourge was a most dreadful instrument of torture. It was made of the sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted every here and there among the sinews; so that every time the lash came down these pieces of… (more…)

Mar 30

Morning “He was numbered with the transgressors.” – Isa_53:12Why did Jesus suffer himself to be enrolled amongst sinners? This wonderful condescension was justified by many powerful reasons. In such a character he could the better become their advocate. In some trials there is an identification of the counsellor with the client, nor can they be looked upon in the eye… (more…)

Mar 29

Morning “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” – Heb_5:8 We are told that the Captain of our salvation was made perfect through suffering, therefore we who are sinful, and who are far from being perfect, must not wonder if we are called to pass through suffering too. Shall the head be… (more…)

Mar 28

Morning “The love of Christ which passeth knowledge.” – Eph_3:19 The love of Christ in its sweetness, its fulness, its greatness, its faithfulness, passeth all human comprehension. Where shall language be found which shall describe his matchless, his unparalleled love towards the children of men? It is so vast and boundless that, as the swallow but skimmeth the water, and… (more…)


Morning “Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.” – Mat_26:56 He never deserted them, but they in cowardly fear of their lives, fled from him in the very beginning of his sufferings. This is but one instructive instance of the frailty of all believers if left to themselves; they are but sheep at the best, and they flee when… (more…)


Morning “Jesus said unto them, If ye seek me, let these go their way.” – Joh_18:8 Mark, my soul, the care which Jesus manifested even in his hour of trial, towards the sheep of his hand! The ruling passion is strong in death. He resigns himself to the enemy, but he interposes a word of power to set his disciples… (more…)


Morning “Betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?” – Luk_22:48 “The kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss. Whenever a man is about to stab religion, he usually professes very… (more…)


Morning “He was heard in that he feared.” – Heb_5:7 Did this fear arise from the infernal suggestion that he was utterly forsaken. There may be sterner trials than this, but surely it is one of the worst to be utterly forsaken? “See,” said Satan, “thou hast a friend nowhere! Thy Father hath shut up the bowels of his compassion… (more…)

The Syrophoenician Woman

The Syrophoenician Woman And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil— Mat_15:22 Jesus in Heathen Territory The first interest of this story lies in the fact that Jesus is now moving in heathen… (more…)

Beginning to sink

Beginning to Sink Beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me— Mat_14:30 The Pathos of a Wasted Life There are two sights in human life which fill the heart with profound sorrow. The first is that of a person who has sunk. When we see a face made loathsome by iniquity and think that once it was innocent and… (more…)