"God, according to his promise, hath raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus." - Acts 13:23
Mark, my soul, the blessedness of these words. Jesus is not only
Israel's Saviour, and hath fully answered, in every point, to that
glorious character, but here we are led to discover his credentials.
This is faith's warrant. I believe in Jesus. Why? He brings with him
the name, the authority, the commission of God the Father. Jesus is the
appointment, the ordinance, the method Jehovah hath sent forth for
salvation. Sweet thought! So that, added to all that I behold in the
Lord Jesus, adapted to my case and circumstances, [ here see that Jesus
as the Father's gift, the Father's sent, the Father's anointed, full of
grace and truth. Jesus is therefore the great promise of the bible; for
in him are folded up and contained all the promises. And I see also,
that God our Father was, and is, the great Promiser. And I see that God
not only gave this rich Saviour to poor sinners, but, according to his
promise, raised him up also from the dead, when he had made his soul an
offering for sin, to bless them: for it is said, "that he was delivered
for our offences, and raised again for our justification." My soul,
pause over this blessed account, and look for thine own interest in it.
If God hath raised up to Israel this Saviour, what knowest thou of him?
Has thou felt thy need of a Saviour? Dost thou accept the Father's
Saviour? Is Jesus thy Saviour? Art thou come to him for salvation? Now
God the Father hath raised him up, doth he appear to thee in all his
beauties, fullness, suitableness, and complete salvation?