He Wants Us to Partake of Him!

The officers answered, Never man spake like this man. – John 7:46

I think that it is so sweet of Christ to praise Himself in order to show that He longs for us to come to Him. He declares Himself to be a fountain of living water; yet why is He a fountain but that we may come unto Him, and drink? He tells us, “I am the bread which came down from heaven;” but why does He speak of Himself as bread, whereof if a man eat, He shall never hunger? Why, because He wants us to partake of Him! You need not, therefore, be afraid that He will refuse you when you come to Him. If a man praises his wares, it is that he may sell them. If a doctor advertises his cures, it is that other sick folk may be induced to try his medicine; and when our Lord Jesus Christ praises Himself, it is a kind of holy advertisement by which He would tempt us to “come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” If He praises Himself, it is that we may fall in love with Him; and we need not be afraid to come and lay our poor hearts at His feet, and ask Him to accept us, for He would not have wooed us by unveiling His beauties if He had meant, after all, to trample on our hearts, and say, “I care nothing for such poor love as yours.”

I feel most grateful, then, that I have not at this time so much to praise my Master as to let Him speak His own praises, for “never man spake like this Man.” When He commends Himself, what would have been folly in others is wisdom in Him; and whereas we say to our fellow-man, “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth,” I would say to Christ, “My Master, praise Thyself, for Thou alone canst do it as it ought to be done.” As for Thy poor servant, he would try to be the echo of Thy voice, and that will be infinitely better than anything he can say of himself. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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