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What is meant by "Coming to Jesus"?

Much is said of coming to Jesus, but how can I come?  He is in heaven; how can I go there and speak with Him?  I am told that He is everywhere, but I cannot see Him, and how then can I go to Him?  If He were here on earth, as He once was, there is no trouble I would not take.  I would travel hundreds of miles.  I would set off at once.  I would go to Him and push my way through the crowd, as the sick used to do in order to be healed.  I would fall down before Him, and say,

“Lord Jesus, save me!  I come not to be healed of blindness, or leprosy, but of sin.  My heart is diseased with iniquity.  I am in danger of God’s wrath and of eternal damnation.  Lord, save me, I perish!”

But alas!  Jesus is no longer among us and I cannot understand what is meant by coming to Him.

Dear reader, do all this in your heart, and then you will come to Jesus!  What do you think would be the advantage of going to Him and falling before him and speaking to Him as the sick and the lame used to do?  Would it not be to let Him know your wants?  These He knows already.  Without all this trouble you can make Him understand that you wish Him to save you.

Think of Him.  Let your cries go up to Him just as if you saw Him.  Be as earnest as if there was a crowd round Him, which you wished to push through.  Call to Him as that blind man did, who though he could not see Him, cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me” (Luke 18:38).

You are better off than they who lived when He dwelt here.  They often had to journey far.  They sometimes could not get near to Him because of the crowds of people around Him.  But you may have Him as much to yourself as if there were no other sinner that needed Him.  He is always near and within call; and though you cannot see Him, He sees you and knows all you feel, and hears all you say.

Coming to Jesus is the desire of the heart towards Him.  It is to feel our sin and misery; to believe that He is willing and able to pardon, comfort and save us; to ask Him to help us, and to trust Him as our friend. To have just the same feelings as if He were visibly present, and as if we fell at His feet and implored Him to bless us, is to come to Him, though we do not see His face nor hear His voice.

Your very desire for pardon, your prayer, “Jesus, save me!” – This is coming to Him.

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extracted from the July 2017 issue of Youthful Days