“AS HE WALKED” — A Paper by Frederick S. Marsh

1 John 2:6

In view of the exhortation that “He that says he abides in him ought, even as he walked, himself also so to walk”, it is both important, and encouraging, earnestly to consider the scriptures which describe the walk of our Lord Jesus, the Son of God.

What remarkable results were produced by such contemplation on that memorable day when John the Baptist and two of his disciples stood engaged with His holy footsteps. Deeply impressed with

HIS PERSONAL GLORY

and looking upon Jesus as He walked, John exclaimed “Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speaking, and followed Jesus” (John 1:36, 37). John was not preaching, nor expounding a doctrine; he was contemplating the Person of the Lamb of God, but these five words with the understanding were so effective that the two who were with him were attracted to Jesus and were led by Him to where He dwelt, and abode with Him that day. Who shall describe the holy joy that filled their souls; eternity will not efface the impressions they received. This is His desire for us, too, that in His presence we may have our souls filled with appreciation of His Person so that we can sing:

‘And we know that Thou wouldst have us
Ever dwell with Thee,
In that holy, heav’nly circle,
Home of liberty’.

What beauteous features were displayed by the Lord Jesus on the day of resurrection, as He walked with the two of His disciples who were returning to Emmaus (Luke 24). It was

HIS RECOVERING GRACE

that shone in every footstep which He took with them as they were returning to their home discouraged, almost to despair. It is said that “Jesus himself drawing nigh, went with them” (verse 15). He did not rebuke them harshly, nor command them to return to Jerusalem, but He made their hearts burn within them while He talked with them on the way and opened to them the Scriptures. He went just as far as was necessary to effect their recovery, and then He vanished out of their sight. He did not remain; for that would have encouraged them to stay away from the brethren in Jerusalem, but He allured them back to the company of those who loved Him.

What an example to us of the way of recovery! How effectual it was, for although Emmaus was about seven miles from Jerusalem, they returned to Jerusalem that night and were in time to be present when Jesus “himself stood in their midst” (John 20 36)!Thus the Great Physician pours in the healing balm, and recovers disheartened ones to Himself and to their brethren. We delight to sing:

‘Lord, we love to trace Thy footprints
Here amidst the desert sand,
Ponder o’er Thy path of suff’ring —
Wondrous heart and healing hand.’

It is somewhat remarkable that the Old Testament should furnish an instance of the walk of the Son of God, but it is expressed in the words of Nebuchadnezzar when he looked into the burning fiery furnace into which he had cast the three faithful Hebrew young men, and said, “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of God” (Daniel 3:25). Instead of a fearful death, they were enjoying the company of one like the Son of God and proving

HIS VICTORIOUS POWER

over all the efforts of the enemy to destroy them as he walked with them in their hour of trial.

Many of the Lord’s followers are being tested today — it maybe their colleagues despise them, and they are called to pass through the fire of hatred and persecution for Christ’s sake. Let them be encouraged! For there they will have His companionship in the trial. The only action of the fire regarding the Hebrew young men was, apparently, to consume their bonds, so that they might walk with Him in liberty. Often it has been proved that the fire of opposition and trial has served to liberate the spirit of the loyal follower of Jesus, and has given him the joy of walking in the midst of that fire in the company of Christ.

Another incident in which the Lord Jesus was seen walking is recorded in Matthew 14, and is full of instruction and encouragement. When in the fourth watch of the night, He went unto His disciples, walking on the sea, His first words to them were, “Take courage; it is I: be not afraid” (verse 27). Then when Peter, having come down out of the ship, walked on the water to go to Jesus, and beginning to sink, Jesus immediately stretched forth His hand and caught him. This incident is a beautiful assurance of

HIS PRIESTLY SUCCOUR

for those who are in the midst of the sea of life, tossed with waves, and the wind contrary. His consideration, sympathy, and support are all displayed, and as we look upon Him as He walked, we can rejoice that we have such a High Priest who is “able to save completely those who approach by him to God, always living to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

Yet another presentation of the Lord Jesus as He walked is given in Revelation 2:1, for, in the address to the angel of the assembly in Ephesus, He is seen as He who “walks in the midst of the seven golden lamps”.

Ephesus was a remarkable assembly in which there was much that He could commend, but His eyes, which were “as a flame of fire” (verse 18), saw in

HIS HOLY DISCERNMENT

that it had left its first love. That fervent, pre-eminent affection which had given Christ the first place in all things had waned, and He felt it.

It is well for us ever to remember that “all things are naked and laid bare to his eyes, with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13), and to learn the value of His scrutiny, seeing that He says to several of the angels of assembly, “I know thy works” (Revelation 2:2, etc.). We may thus learn to judge that which He judges and to approve that which He approves, so that we may be well pleasing to Him in all things.

May we be encouraged to contemplate Him with increased affection, that we may learn to walk even as He walked!

Words of Truth, Volume 4

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