On The Sweetest Fellowship

There is no sweeter fellowship with Christ than to bring our wounds and our sores to him. –Samuel Rutherford

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  1. The above quote by Brother Rutherford is a true saying and worthy of all acceptation! Since the Lord first nursed my wounds on my way from Jerusalem to Jericho, being attacked by thieves, stripped, wounded and left for dead….I have many a time been victimized thus. To go astray comes naturally to me. But oh how many times has He come after me, found me, had compassion on me, bound up my wounds and poured in the oil and the wine! Truly He is the great Shepherd of the sheep and will save them unto the end!
    Here is one of my favorite Hymns along the same lines –

    THE NINETY AND NINE

    There were ninety and nine that safely lay
    In the shelter of the flock,
    But one was out on the hills away,
    Far off in the cold and dark;
    Away on the mountains wild and bare,
    Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.

    “Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine;
    Are they not enough for Thee?”
    But the Shepherd made answer: “This of Mine
    Has wandered away from Me;
    And although the road be rough and steep,
    I go to the desert to find My sheep.”

    But none of the ransomed ever knew
    How deep were the waters crossed;
    Nor how dark was the night which the Lord passed through
    Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
    Out in the bleak desert He heard its cry—
    All bleeding and helpless, and ready to die.

    “Lord, whence are those blood-drops all the way
    That mark out the mountain’s track?”
    “They were shed for one who had gone astray
    Ere the Shepherd could bring him back.”
    “Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn?”
    “They’re pierced tonight by many a thorn.”

    And all through the mountains, thunder-riven,
    And up from the rocky steep,
    There arose a cry to the gate of heaven,
    “Rejoice! I have found My sheep!”
    And the angels echoed around the throne,
    “Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!”

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