Those of you on my Facebook page will know that, on Thursday morning, I got my week's exercise by mopping the kitchen floor. At the time, I was listening to a sermon called Come Near to Me - the words Joseph spoke to his brothers as he was about to reveal himself to them. It speaks so beautifully of Christ's call to sinner, Joseph being such a wonderful type of the Saviour.
Later that day, I was reading in 1 Samuel. In chapter 22, David is escaping from Saul, who is trying to kill him. David is in the cave of Adullam, and have a listen to what we're told:
"And everyone who was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul gathered themselves unto him: and he became a captain over them."
What a beautiful type of Christ David is too! After all, to David came the low-lifes, the weak, the distressed, the unpopular. Those that would have been rejected by the proud fled to David. And David received each one of them. Not once do we read that David said, 'No, I'm not keen on what you did in the past, so I'd rather not have you with me'.
When they came to David, it's said that He became their captain. And doesn't Christ become our Captain? He is our Lord as well as our Saviour.
Wasn't it the weak, the poor, those in distress who came to Christ, when those who were religious and who thought they were good enough stayed away? Isn't it true that 'He received publicans and sinners'?
If we are out of Christ, aren't we in distress? Aren't we in debt? - And what debt! We have no hope of paying our debts to an all-holy God. Our only hope is the Captain of our Salvation, who paid the penalty for all who come to Him, seeking mercy.
It's amazing ... the Old Testament is full of Christ! The New Testament is too:
"Come unto me, all ye who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
Is He yours?