I was blown away this morning by Law. Henry Law was a pastor in the Church of England. He lived from 1797 to 1884. I’ve had his book, The Gospel in Genesis, sitting on my very own bookshelves for more years than I can count; but I’ve never read it. Until this morning.
What first blew me away was this quote on the back cover:
That page [of Scripture] is the brightest page, in which most of Christ is found. That sermon is the brightest sermon, in which most of Christ is heard. That life is the brightest life, in which most of Christ is seen. . . . Without Christ, religion is a sunless firmament; life is a dreary passage to a dreadful end; the home is no abode of peace; and prosperity is an adverse flood. Without Christ, birth is no boon, life is no gain, and death is a downfall into an unfathomable abyss . . . . Can I know this and not beseech men to make Christ their all?
Yeah! Here’s a quote from inside the book:
Because though no shade of sin was within Him, still mountains of sins were upon Him. Although infinitely far from personal offense, He stood before God laden with all the countless transgressions of a countless multitude. Here is the godlike grace of God. He consents to remove guilt from the guilty, and to place it on the guiltless. He transfers the sins of the sinful to his sinless Son. . . So Jesus is our sin-bearing surety. He is verily accounted, and verily treated, as the perpetrator of every evil deed–as the speaker of every evil word–as the harbourer of every evil thought, which had stained or should stain, each child in the redeemed family. . . .
O my soul, have you by faith an interest [share or stake] in Christ? THEN KNOW YOUR FULL RELIEF. HE SNAPS THE CHAIN WHICH WOULD HAVE DRAGGED YOU DOWN TO HELL.
I’m having a very hard time knowing where to stop! Here’s the next paragraph, and then have a nice weekend.
The Bible is a sealed book–the story of the Cross is a beclouded page–peace is a delight untasted–hope is an idle fiction, until Jesus is prized as a substitute and surety. How great the change, when He is so revealed! Then Justice shines in all its glory–Grace in all its brightness–Mercy in all its triumphs–Salvation in all its riches. Then the Gospel-trumpet sounds with power, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.”
When you get this stuff deep down in your bones–when it makes your heart skip a beat and when it makes tears well up in your eyes–only then you are ready to be his devoted and self-sacrificing disciple. Not before. That is why Jesus washed his disciples’ feet: to etch indelibly on their consciousness that He would serve them immeasurably more than they would ever serve Him. And until you get that, as Jesus told Peter who resisted Jesus washing his feet: “You have no part” in him.
When was the last time you heard anything even close to Henry Law’s message from today’s emerging theologians? It’s so sorely needed and so sadly missing in today’s church. I’m so glad I threw this book into my briefcase as I left my office yesterday! Thank you God!
Okay, so I still can’t stop. If you’d like to read more–something refreshing and uplifting from centuries ago written by Henry Law, about your riches in Christ, then click here. Now have a great weekend!
Dad Update: My dad, Roy, is healing gradually from extensive oral surgery. He is scheduled to be released this weekend from the hospital. The rehab facility he was scheduled to enter seems to be changing his mind about receiving him; his medical needs are too extensive. PLEASE PRAY for an opening in an excellent rehab facility that is nearby our family in the Venice, FL area. As before, I’ll foward to him any notes of encouragement you’d like to leave as a comment. Thank you so much.