M’Cheyne wrote, “Learn much of the Lord Jesus. For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ. He is altogether lovely. Such infinite majesty, and yet such meekness and grace, and all for sinners, even the chief.”
Reading Scripture is always because of its value to transform us and sanctify us (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Reading the Gospels is of particular value, for it presents us with pictures of Christ, who is and will ever be our consuming passion.
Consider the representations of Christ in Luke 17:
- He is a protector of the weak (v. 2). The “little ones” is a reference to believers who are helpless or vulnerable.
- He is gracious in His exhortation to repent and forgive (vv. 3-4).
- He is a Master whose demands are worth obeying (vv. 7-10).
- He is common in His grace (vv. 11-17) — He gives good gifts to those who are not interested and do not believe in Him.
- He is particular in His salvation (vv. 18-19) — the Samaritan who returned with gratitude was saved from his sin. The word “made well” is more literally translated “saved.”
- He is a Judge worth fearing (vv. 22-37). He is, in fact, the only Judge worth fearing.
- He is a Judge who provides a way of escape (v. 33).