Friday, April 02, 2010

Passion Week with Pilgrim's Progress: Hopeful's Desperate Need For a Savior

Christian and Hopeful are journeying to the Celestial City.  On the way, Christian asks Hopeful about how he came to think about the state of his soul. Hopeful accounts being convicted of sin after watching Faithful endure his persecution.  At first, he tried to reform his own character by his own strength but soon found this insufficient.  He tells Christian:

Hopeful: Another thing that hath troubled me, even since my late amendments, is, that if I look narrowly into the best of what I do now, I still see sin, new sin, mixing itself with the best of that I do; so that now I am forced to conclude, that notwithstanding my former fond conceits of myself and duties, I have committed sin enough in one duty to send me to hell, though my former life had been faultless

Christian: And what did you do then?

Hopeful: Do!  I could not tell what to do, until I brake my mind to Faithful, for he and I were well aquianted.  And he told me, that unless I could obtain the righteousness of a man that never had sinned, neither mine own, nor all the righteousness of the world could save me.

Christian:  And did you think he spake true?

Hopeful: Had he told me so when I was pleased and satisfied with mine own amendment, I had called him fool for his pains; but now, since I see mine own infirmity, and the sin that cleaves to my best performance, I have been forced to be of his opinion.

Christian and Hopeful Christian: But did you think, when at first he suggested it to you, that there was such a man to be found, of whom it might justly be said that he never committed sin?

Hopeful: I must confess the words at first sounded strangely, but after a little more talk and company with him, I had full conviction about it.

Christian: And did you ask what man this was, and how you must be justified by him?

Hopeful: Yes, and he told me it was the Lord Jesus, that dwelleth on the right hand of the Most High.  And thus, said he, you must be justified by him, even by trusting to what he hath done by himself, in the days of his flesh, and suffered when he did hang on the tree.  I asked him further, how that man's righteousness could be that efficacy to justify another before God?  And he told me he was the mighty God, and did what he did, and died the death also, not for himself, but for me; to whom his doing, and the worthiness of them, should be imputed, if I believed on Him. [Heb.10, Rom. 6, Col. 1, 1 Pet. 1]  
~The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come 
by John Bunyan


Jesus said...
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
~John 6:35-40

From the Passion Week...
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on.  See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
~Mark 14:36-46  

1 comment:

Robert W Moore said...

"..but now, since I see my own infirmity..."

But now. That's the point when one's self-satisfaction fades away and an awful need is realized within the heart.

Elizabeth, thank you for making such great entries this week. We can thrill in the God of our salvation!

Love,

Dad