The Sister’s Message

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Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine


The sisters therefore sent to him, saying, “Lord, behold, he for whom you have great affection is sick.” – John 11:3

 

In their distress the first thought the sisters had was of Jesus, and they sent for Him at once. We should not overlook this lesson. No doubt they sent for a doctor, but they sent also for Christ. We should never fail to ask Christ to help us when there’s a problem in our home. We should always want the presence of Christ when we’re with our loved-ones who are sick and suffering. We must also pay attention to the message which the sisters sent to Christ. It was very short and simple. They did not beg and plead with Him to come — indeed they made no request whatever — they merely told Jesus that His friend was sick, and left to Himself to decide what He would do. They knew that He would do the right thing from the prompting of His own heart. Notice also their plea. They did not say, “The one who loves you is sick,” but, “The one who you love is sick.”They made their appeal to Christ’s own heart rather than to any personal claim. This is always our best plea with Christ — His love for us, not our love for Him.

There is something in this message that speaks of a deep feeling of peace in the midst of danger. Many people in these situations lose all their courage and often their faith; but these sisters, though in deep distress, maintained level-heads. They had learned lessons of peace from Christ in the carefree days before, and when this new hardship came they were ready for it and were not disturbed.

If we receive Christ’s reassuring comfort when sorrow comes, we must surely welcome Him in at times when life is good. If this Bethany family had shut Christ out of their home when they were all well and happy, they could not have had His blessed comfort in their distress. We must accept Christ when life is happy and care-free if we would enjoy Him when it grows dark.

Apply This To Your Life Today… You don’t know when a crisis will come… so accept Christ each day.

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