The Bruised Reed


"As a prophet, He came with blessing in His mouth, 'blessed are the poor in spirit' (Matthew 5:3), and invited those to come to Him. 'Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden' (Matthew 11:28). How did His heart yearn when He saw the people as sheep having no shepherd (Matthew 9:36)! He never turned any back again that came to Him, though some went away of themselves. He came to die as a priest for His enemies. In the days of His flesh He dictated a form of prayer unto His disciples, and put petitions unto God into their mouths, and His Spirit to intercede in their hearts. He shed tears for those that shed His blood, and now He makes intercession in heaven for weak Christians, standing between them and God's anger. He is a meek king; He will admit mourners into His presence, a king of poor and afflicted persons. As He has beams of majesty, so He has a heart of mercy and compassion. He is the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6). What mercy may we not expect from so gracious a mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) who took our nature upon Him that He might be gracious?"

Richard Sibbes (1577-1635), "The Bruised Reed".

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