Consider Jesus– as Without Deceit

Consider Jesus– as Without Deceit

“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” 1 Peter 2:22

Purer than the purest crystal, more transparent than the brightest sun, was the character of Jesus. It needed but the visual organ purged from the blinding and distorting effects of sin to have looked into the deepest recesses of His heart, to have seen every pulse, to have read every thought, and to have fathomed every purpose of His soul–so open, transparent, and childlike was He. His foes sought with deception to ensnare Him, but He was too innocent to be ensnared. The moral atmosphere of His being was too pure and translucid for their wicked purposes to find a single fault. They could fix no thought, excite no passion, rouse no imagination within His breast that would have left a taint or a cloud upon that pure, bright spirit of His. What He declared of Satan could with equal truth have been affirmed of ungodly men–“The prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me.” They found no evil in Him upon which their own sinfulness could work. Wickedness could not for a moment exist in an atmosphere so holy.

Consider the integrity and honesty of Jesus as the fulfilment of a prophecy: “Neither was any deceit in His mouth” (Isa. 53:9). Ponder carefully, my soul, every fulfilment of prophecy concerning your precious Jesus. It will fortify you against the assaults of infidelity and the suggestions of Satan, and enlarge your knowledge of, and deepen your love to, the Saviour. Behold the fulfilment of this remarkable prediction–“Neither was deceit found in His mouth.”

Octavius Winslow

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