Christ’s Delegates

Today with J. R. Miller

January 19

When Jesus heard of it, He departed thence by ship into a desert place apart. – Matthew 14:13

Jesus loved the Baptist, and was grieved when He died. He sought to get into a quiet place where He might receive God’s comfort. Another reason for His going away was that His disciples might get rest. This shows the thoughtfulness of Jesus for His friends. He knows now when we are tired, when our work is too hard for us, or our hours are too long.

When Jesus reached the secluded place He found throngs waiting. Yet He was not impatient with them. He gave up His own rest and set to work at once to relieve their distresses and supply their wants.

The measure of a man’s usefulness is the number of people who need him. We say that Christ alone can meet people’s needs and feed their hungers. But He would do it through us. The only hands He has for love’s ministries are our hands. The only bread He has for human hunger is the bread that is in our baskets. “Give ye them to eat.”

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2 thoughts on “Christ’s Delegates

    1. I stared a couple of them down years ago in a roadside field where we stopped for lunch on the way to Balmoral. The book in the sidebar along with this image is a Scottish treasure of 1895 by Ian MacLaren (just click the image).

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