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Man is God's darling--the king and crown of creation. The whole creation was made for him to develop and rule over and enjoy. He is in a class by himself. When he made his bad break there was just one thing left to do. God must get a new leader for His man to lead him back into all the original plan for himself. Of the whole earth man stood next to God Himself. God could not find that leader lower down. So He went higher. Jesus is God giving the race a new Leader who would withstand the lure of temptation and realize the ambition of God's heart for His darling.
The man was made in the image of God, for self-mastery, and through self-mastery for dominion over all of God's creation. That was the plan for the man. That, too, is the plan for the new Man. There is only one place to go to find God's plan for the coming One. That is in the Hebrew half of the Bible. One can hardly believe, unless he has been through the thing, how hard it is to get out of the Old Testament its vision of the coming One without any coloring from the New getting into his eyes.
It must be kept keenly in mind that there is a difference between God's plan and that which He knows ahead will occur. Sovereignty does not mean that everything God plans comes to pass. Nor that everything that comes to pass is God's plan. Clearly it has not been so. It does mean that through very much that is utterly contrary to His plan He works out, in the long run, His great purpose. He works His own purpose out of a tough tangled network of contrary purposes; but in doing it never infringes upon man's liberty of action. He yields and bends, and, with a patience beyond our comprehension, waits, that in the end He may win through our consent. And so not only is His purpose saved, but man is saved and character is made in the process.
The plan is a detail of the purpose. There is one unfailing purpose through continual breakings of the plan. God's purpose remains unchanging through all changes. Yet here not only is His purpose unbroken, but His plan is to work out in the end unbroken too, though suffering a very serious break midway.
But if Jesus was to lead man back He must first get alongside, close up, on the same level. This was the toughest part of the whole thing. The hardest part in saving a man is getting the man's consent to be saved. There is no task tougher than trying to help a man who thinks he doesn't need help, even though his need may be extreme. You may throw a blanket over a horse's head and get it out of a burning stable or barn; or a lasso over a bull's head to get it where you want, but man cannot be handled that way. He must be led. The tether that draws must be fastened inside, his will. He must be lifted from inside. That is a bit of the God-image in him. And so God's most difficult task was getting inside the man that had shut Him out. Contents A Bit Ahead The Purpose of Jesus. The Purpose in Jesus' Coming The Plan for Jesus' Coming The Tragic Break in the Plan Some Surprising Results of the Tragic Break The Person of Jesus. The Human Jesus The Divine Jesus The Winsome Jesus The Great Experiences or Jesus' Life. The Jordan: The Decisive Start The Wilderness: Temptation The Transfiguration: An Emergency Measure Gethsemane: The Strange, Lone Struggle Calvary: Victory The Resurrection: Gravity Upward The Ascension: Back Home Again Until---- Study Notes
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Originally written in 1906, "Quiet Talks About Jesus" is one of the first books in the popular Quiet Talks series. Using inspired imagination, Gordon paints a remarkable picture of beauty as seen in the wonder of the man Jesus.About the Author:
S D Gordon (1859-1936) wrote more than 25 devotional books, most of which included the phrase "Quiet Talks" in the title. His first book sold more than 500,000 copies over 40 years. Though S D Gordon never achieved any academic degrees, though he was never ordained as a pastor, he was a much in demand, much loved, speaker of the deeper things of God, and traveled extensively sharing profound spiritual truths in simple ways. Born in Philadelphia, he served as the Assistant Secretary of the Philadelphia Young Men's Christian Association from 1884 to 1886. He later became the State Secretary for the YMCA in Ohio from 1886 to 1895. Following this service he spent four years traveling in the Orient and Europe on speaking tours. His first book, Quiet Talks on Power, was published in 1901 by Fleming Revell when he was 42. Three years later he wrote Quiet Talks on Prayer. In 1906 he wrote quiet talk books on service and Jesus. For a period of time he wrote two books a year. He eventually wrote 25 books.
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