Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Huxtable: the authority of Christ

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
    —Matthew 4:19 (ESV)
    The basis of our Lord’s appeal was himself. “Follow me,” “come unto me,” and “ye will not come unto me,” indicate sufficiently that what he offered to men was himself. He seeks to win men’s acceptance of the truth that had come in him. His words and deeds served to indicate what manner of man he was and what kind of work he had come to do; and all the time it is a person addressing persons, seeking to gain their recognition of and their self-commitment to himself. He sought to exercise no authority over men that was not personal, both in the way it was exercised and in the way in which it was recognized and accepted.
    ... John Huxtable (1912-1990), The Bible Says, London: SCM, 1962, p. 82 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 4:19; 8:22; 9:9; 16:24; 19:21; Mark 2:14; 10:21; Luke 5:27; John 1:14; 7:17; 8:47; 18:37; 1 John 4:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant a personal knowledge of and commitment to You in _____ and _____.
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