You can tell who loves the pastor by the attendance on Sunday morning. You can tell who loves the music by the attendance on Sunday evening. But you can tell who loves the Lord by the crowd which gathers for mid-week Prayer Meeting.

One Sunday morning, the famous Henry Ward Beecher had to be absent from Plymouth Church. His brother filled the pulpit in his stead. When the crowd of people who gathered discovered that Henry Ward would not be speaking that morning, many began to leave.

The eloquent preacher’s brother silenced the crowd and gave this invitation: “All who came this morning to worship Henry Ward Beecher may leave now. The rest will remain to worship God.” No one left after that.

Is Jesus Christ significant enough for you to come to church and worship Him? Do you view Him as the Word of God incarnate, or merely a good man? The Word of God bears record of Who He was and is. The Old Testament testifies that He is the King of Israel. The New Testament portrays Him as a Prophet Who foretold the future and told forth the truths of God, as a Priest Who intercedes for His people before God the Father, and as the crucified, risen Head of the Church, Who will reign as King over Heaven and Earth forever.

The testimony of Scripture concerning Jesus Christ should be sufficient for us to lay aside the formalities of dry, shallow Christianity for the sake of a sweet, reckless abandon to Christ. The media has made many preachers celebrities, but we must never forget their place: men can only give and interpret the Word; Jesus Christ is the Word. Honor Him. Love Him. Worship Him. Celebrate Him . . . today.

In the Scriptures there is a portrait of God, but in Christ there is God Himself. A coin bears the image of Caesar, but Caesar’s son is his own lively resemblance. Christ is the living Bible. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.