Henry Moorhouse, a 19th-century English evangelist, was feeling loaded down with the burdens of his ministry. Then the Lord gave him a tender reminder of His care.
When he came home one day, his young daughter, Minnie, whose legs were paralyzed, was sitting in her wheelchair. He was going to take a package upstairs to his wife when his daughter asked if she could carry it.
Moorhouse said, “Minnie dear, how can you possibly carry this package? You cannot even carry yourself.” With a smile on her face, Minnie said, “I know, daddy. But if you will give me the package, I will hold it while you carry me.”
This is a beautiful illustration of what God wants to do for all of us if only we will trust Him, just as Minnie trusted her father. One thing is certain, Jesus Christ cares for you. What are some of the ways He expresses His love and concern?
“… That He by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9b).
Many people resist making a decision for Christ for one reason or another. They go to great lengths to avoid any involvement which might cost them time and effort.
Jesus dared to get involved. At Calvary He became our sin bearer. He paid the debt for us by giving His own life. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3).
“He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves…” (2 Corinthians 5:15).
Jesus shares His riches with all who come to Him by faith. He is ready to forgive the guilty and lift up the brokenhearted.
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
“Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:6).
Because of sin, mankind is under the penalty of death. Jesus became our substitute. Refusing to spare Himself, He gave His life for us, suffering in our place.
Because He did not spare Himself, Jesus waits for you patiently to turn to Him for forgiveness.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
“For when we were still without strength,, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6).
Many try unsuccessfully to carry their own burdens. Jesus bore our sins on the cross at Calvary. When we forsake our sins and trust Him, we are set free.
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed (John 8:36).
Dear reader, do you need God to carry you through life’s problems?
Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29, 30).
By John Denman
M. E. Head (Photographer)