The Lord Himself

May the Lord Himself be more personally with and before us! A nearer and more real object than ever! Truth that gives thoughts is not fully the right thing; but truth that gives. Himself-that is the thing.
Jesus once here-now in the heavens-again to be here, and we to be with Him forever-the same Jesus throughout-known for eternity as He was known in His track through the cities and villages of Israel-this is the mystery that gives us Himself. It is the business of faith to reach Himself.
The centurion pierced the cloud, the thick cloud, of His humiliation, and got at the divine glories, which lay on the other side of it, or under it. The poor sinner of the city pierced the cloud, the dark cloud, of her own sin and misery, and got at the divine love that could heal it all. Faith may thus find various excellencies in Him, but it is Himself it reaches.
Faith sits and sings,
“All human beauties, all divine,
In My Beloved meet and shine.”
Let not this evangelic age give the work of Christ alone. It tends that way. Without His work, I know, all would be nothing. But let not doctrinal acquaintance with His work turn you from personal acquaintance with Himself.