HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. 25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?Matthew 10:24-25

They said of the Master, that He was a gluttonous man and a wine-bibber. His willingness to eat and drink with publicans and sinners — turned into a bitter taunt and a sinister reproach. Shall I not be proud to be branded with a like suspicion?

They said of the Master that He was a Samaritan. His passion and compassion for poor dying sinners of every nation and people and tribe and tongue, His desire to bless and save them — they used as an instrument to slander and defame Him. Shall I not wear gladly every sorrowful badge with which such love as His adorns my brow?

They said of the Master that He blasphemed. His words of grace and truth, His messages from Heaven, His kingly commands and kindly invitations and precious promises — they pronounced as profanity and unholy sacrilege. Shall I not crave and covet the reproach which comes to him who preaches good tidings and publishes salvation?

They said of the Master that He cast out devils by the prince of the devils. His miracles of might and mercy, His deliverance of the captives from the thraldom of Satan — they traced to Hell, and not to Heaven. Shall I not rejoice when the powers of the better world flow from me manifestly and victoriously, and when they stir the hostility of the world?

I need not wonder if I suffer in His service. I am never so blessed as when I am a partaker in His sorrows.

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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