Morning, May 8
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“I--yes, I alone--will blot out your sins for my own sake
        and will never think of them again.
How tempting it is to remind someone of a past offense! But when God forgives our sins he totally forgets them.
We never have to fear that he will remind us of them later. Because God forgives our sin, we need to forgive others.
John 5:13  He that was healed wist not who it was.

Years are short to the happy and healthy; but thirty-eight years of disease must have dragged a very weary length along the life of the poor impotent man. When Jesus, therefore, healed him by a word, while he lay at the pool of Bethesda, he was delightfully sensible of a change. Even so the sinner who has for weeks and months been paralyzed with despair, and has wearily sighed for salvation, is very conscious of the change when the Lord Jesus speaks the word of power, and gives joy and peace in believing. The evil removed is too great to be removed without our discerning it; the life imparted is too remarkable to be possessed and remain inoperative; and the change wrought is too marvellous not to be perceived. Yet the poor man was ignorant of the author of his cure; he knew not the sacredness of his person, the offices which he sustained, or the errand which brought him among men. Much ignorance of Jesus may remain in hearts which yet feel the power of his blood. We must not hastily condemn men for lack of knowledge; but where we can see the faith which saves the soul, we must believe that salvation has been bestowed. The Holy Spirit makes men penitents long before he makes them divines; and he who believes what he knows, shall soon know more clearly what he believes. Ignorance is, however, an evil; for this poor man was much tantalized by the Pharisees, and was quite unable to cope with them. It is good to be able to answer gainsayers; but we cannot do so if we know not the Lord Jesus clearly and with understanding. The cure of his ignorance, however, soon followed the cure of his infirmity, for he was visited by the Lord in the temple; and after that gracious manifestation, he was found testifying that "it was Jesus who had made him whole." Lord, if thou hast saved me, show me thyself, that I may declare thee to the sons of men.

Isaiah 53:10  But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

John 12:27,28  "Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, 'Father, save Me from this hour '? But for this purpose I came to this hour. • "Father, glorify Your name." Then a voice came out of heaven: "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again."

Luke 22:42,43  saying, "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done." • Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him.

Philippians 2:8  Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

John 10:17  "For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.

John 6:38  "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

John 18:11  So Jesus said to Peter, "Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?"

John 8:29  "And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him."

Matthew 3:17  and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased."

Isaiah 42:1  "Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.

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