Thursday, May 21, 2009

Faber: the suffiency of Jesus

May 21, 2009
    Feast of Commemoration of Helena, Protector of the Faith, 330

    Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
    -- John 21:25 (NIV)

    Wherever we turn in the church of God, there is Jesus. He is the beginning, middle, and end of everything to us... There is nothing good, nothing holy, nothing beautiful, nothing joyous, which He is not to His servants. No one need be poor, because, if he chooses, he can have Jesus for his own property and possession. No one need be downcast, for Jesus is the joy of heaven, and it is His joy to enter into sorrowful hearts. We can exaggerate about many things; but we can never exaggerate our obligation to Jesus, or the compassionate abundance of the love of Jesus to us. All our lives long we might talk of Jesus, and yet we should never come to an end of the sweet things that night be said of Him. Eternity will not be long enough to learn all He is, or to praise Him for all He has done—but then, that matters not; for we shall be always with Him, and we desire nothing more.
    ... Frederick W. Faber (1814-1863), All for Jesus, London: Richardson & Son, 1854, pp. 1-2 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are everything to a needy world.

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