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Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day

Pursuing Sinners with Him

I was reading just this morning of the time the Lord Jesus spent in Gethsemane praying, just before his betrayal.  He had asked the disciples to watch and pray, and yet they were tired and seemed unable to follow the Lord’s request. As I read, Matthew 26:45 spoke to me, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

The Savior had to be betrayed into the hands of sinners so that He could pursue them with His loving grace–for generations to come.  We have so much to be thankful for:

  • That Jesus should ever give Himself over to sinners–for sinners like me. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
  • That He should involve people like us in His gracious pursuit of sinners, the lost ones–the children.  What an amazing privilege.  We have fellowship with Him in the Gospel.

Perhaps you are tired today, like the disciples that night.  It is hard to watch and pray and continue in the work. We need times of rest; that is how God made us. He understands. He does not cast us off in our weakness but He does say, “Sleep and take your rest later on.”  It is time to pursue sinners with the Gospel.

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost” (Matt. 18:11). He does that today through you and me, by His Word and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

May God give us the strength and grace we need to continue to follow Him in this way.  May He give us something of the love which He showed for sinners that evening in the garden as He allowed Himself to be handed over to them. May He allow us to do this, not to gain His favor, we already have that in Christ, but may we work as a loving response and act of worship in light of His amazing love for us.

By Harry Robinson, Executive Vice President, International Ministries