I, Jesus”

In a closing and tender address to the churches the personal Name of the Lord Jesus is introduced in a most touching way. “I, Jesus,” He says, “have sent Mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning Star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.” This is exquisite. When He announces Himself in His Jewish associations as the Root and the Offspring of David there is absolute silence on the part of the bride. She knows Him after another fashion, but, when He styles Himself the Bright and Morning Star, at once the Spirit and the bride say to Him, “Come.” The glad declaration of the “Morning Star” fills her heart with the desire of seeing Him. Before the mighty orb of day rises with healing on His wings, its harbinger, bright and welcome, shines forth, and the Bridegroom summons to His heavenly home His bride. “I, Jesus!” What sweet associations attach to that precious Name, He gave Himself for His bride, and now He says He is coming, in person, for her. His love has never waned during the long centuries of her frequent forgetfulness of Him; and now His coming draws near, and the Spirit in her gives the suited note of welcome. The Spirit and the bride say “Come.”

Further, let the saint who hears the note say “Come,” and let the poor thirsting soul come; whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely. Christ is welcome to the believer, and the unbeliever is made welcome to Christ. It is the last, lingering, lovely call of grace, so that to the final moment the Name of Jesus is replete with pity and love.

I commend that dear Name to you, reader, in all the wealth of its grace. None like the blessed Lord Jesus; none worthy but He!