Call To Worship December 18 2016

“We see, thirdly, in these verses, how great is the kindness and condescension of Christ. No sooner was this poor blind man cast out of the Jewish Church than Jesus finds him and speaks words of comfort…He now revealed Himself more fully to this man than He did to anyone except the Samaritan woman. In reply to the question, “Who is the Son of God?” He says plainly, “You have both seen Him, and it is He that talks with you.”…We have here one among many beautiful illustrations of the mind of Christ. He sees all that His people go through for His sake, and feels for all, from the highest to the lowest. He keeps account of all their losses, crosses, and persecutions…The time when men forsake us is often the very time when Christ draws near, saying, “Fear not, for I am with you–be not dismayed, for I am your God–I will strengthen you–yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah. 41:10.)” (J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, John vol. 2, Banner of Truth 2012, pg. 118-119)