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Individual Care

Individual Care

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
GEORGE HOWARD WILKINSON, D.D.



" / am the Good Shepherd, and know JV[y sheep, and am
known of Mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I
the Father" S. JOHN x. 14, 15.

Or, as it should be translated :

" / am the Good Shepherd, and I know My sheep, and
am known of fMine ; even as the Father knoweth Me, and as
I know the Father."
GEORGE HOWARD WILKINSON, D.D.



" / am the Good Shepherd, and know JV[y sheep, and am
known of Mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I
the Father" S. JOHN x. 14, 15.

Or, as it should be translated :

" / am the Good Shepherd, and I know My sheep, and
am known of fMine ; even as the Father knoweth Me, and as
I know the Father."

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INDIVIDUAL CARE
GEORGE HOWARD WILKINSON, D.D." / am the Good Shepherd, and know JV[y sheep, and amknown of Mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know Ithe Father" S. JOHN x. 14, 15.Or, as it should be translated :" / am the Good Shepherd, and I know My sheep, andam known of fMine ; even as the Father knoweth Me, and asI know the Father."THE idea which our Blessed LORD desires to conveybeing this : that He has for His sheep that knowledge, that same personal, individual, loving knowledgeand care, which the FATHER has for the SON, and theSON has for the Everlasting FATHER. " I know Mysheep, and am known of Mine ; even as the FATHERknoweth Me, and as I know the FATHER."" I know My sheep." Few men, I think, must havehad more reason to thank Almighty GOD that thesewords were ever spoken than S. Peter. What a deeppathos there is in the last words of that Epistle forthe second Sunday after Easter, when we remember bywhom the sentence was first written : "Ye were assheep going astray ; but are now returned unto theShepherd and Bishop of your souls." Verily the ApostlePeter had learned, as few men have had power to learn,the tender personal care of that Divine Shepherd. Hehad in very deed been a sheep going astray, far, faraway into the dark mountains. He had been broughtINDIVIDUAL CA RE 137back again by the Good Shepherd and Bishop of hissoul.The transformation of the character of the ApostlePeter has been the subject of many a sermon in well-nigh every congregation. How successfully was thegreat work of education wrought in his heart by theindwelling Spirit under the personal care of the LORDJESUS CHRIST, is now almost a commonplace : how thatimpulsive fisherman, that proud, self-seeking man, wastransformed into the humble, submissive, lion-heartedPeter ; how the man, who was at the beginning alwaysthinking how much he could receive from GOD, endedat last only with the prayer that all his entire beingmight be laid at the feet of the Crucified ; how theman, who in early life desired always to be the firstof the little band of disciples, ended in his dying hours
 
by asking only this last favour from those by whomhe was to be crucified, that he might not die in sonoble a position as CHRIST, the King, had died " Letmy cross be inverted, let me die with my head downwards, for I am not worthy to be called an Apostleof the LORD JESUS CHRIST." I say the success of theeducation is a marked matter of history. I desire ratherthis morning to point out to you some of the ways bywhich the great Master, JESUS CHRIST, wrought outin His believing disciple this transformation." I know My sheep." The LORD JESUS CHRIST, bythat strange union of Divinity with humanity, has thepower to feel for thousands for all, in fact, who willnot reject His love that individual personal care, thattender separating kind of love, which we, with ourlimited capacity, can only feel and only exercise towardsthe few, perhaps the one or two, upon whom ouraffection is specially centred. For every human being ;for the whole company of the baptized ; or, to bring138 THE MESSAGE OF PAT^DONit nearer home, for every soul in this church, JESUSCHRIST, by the power of His Godhead, can feel thatintense personal individualizing love, can exercise thattender individual personal care, which you or I (torepeat the words) can only feel or exercise on the oneor two to whom we are specially linked.Now, it is intensely interesting for those who haveminds given them by Almighty GOD, to take one afteranother all the great characters in the New Testament,and to see how the general teaching and the generalactions of the LORD JESUS CHRIST must have been anindirect education for each one of those men howdifferent chapters in our LORD S teaching must haveaffected in different ways men with the diverse characters,for instance, of S. John, S. James, and S. Thomas.This, however, would take longer time than customallows for the morning sermon. I can only, as it were,in the most superficial manner point out to you thoseincidents in our Blessed LORD S life, those special wordsof His, which we know were intended to influenceS. Peter, and which drew out from the great Apostlecertain changes of his character, certain responses fromhis heart of trust and love.i. First of all, then, whenever the Holy One of GOD is passing by, whenever the miraculous draft of oil is to be communicated to a human soul, the Vesselmust first be emptied. " GOD giveth grace to thehumble."So we find our LORD, as soon as ever He was sure
 
that the Apostle Peter was surrendered to Him, assoon as ever that heart was given into the school of the Divine Master, we find Him at once beginningto humble that proud, self-willed man. There is, firstof all, the miraculous draught of fishes, which wrungfrom the Apostle what I may call a general confession,INDIVIDUAL CARE 139 just like the passionate vague generalities that comeforth from an awakened spirit in the earlier hours of its conversion, " Depart from me, for I am a sinful man,O LORD." Then afterwards came the teaching on thestormy waves of that Lake of Gennesaret, when theboisterous wind soon dashed away the new-born courageof the Apostle, and, sinking ignominiously into thewater, he who desired to be foremost of all and to setan example to the world of unwavering confidence,cried with anxious fear, " LORD, save me ; I perish."And then came still carrying on the great work of humbling and breaking down of the proud spirit thencame the open rebuke, which must have stung a manwith a nature like S. Peter, when he was brought outinto the face of all the Apostles, and told by the DivineMaster, " Get thee behind me, thou devil incarnate,get thee behind me, Satan : thou art not a rock uponwhich I can build a Church, thou art a wretchedstumbling-stone (for that is the literal translation of the word), thou art a miserable stumbling-stone ; insteadof standing upon thee, thou wouldst make Me stumbleover thee ; thou art an offence unto Me, with thywretched worldly sentimentalism, bidding Me avoid theCross and turn away from the rough and narrow roadin which My FATHER wills that I should walk : getthee behind Me ! "Then, without giving further instances, when theLORD, Who sits as the refiner of silver sits, that is,to watch, that the fire should not be too strong for anyof us, Who does not deal with us as many a humanpastor deals in his ignorance, giving at the very beginning of the soul s life the teaching for which it willonly be prepared ten years hence when CHRIST sawthat S. Peter had faith enough to bear it, when He sawthat the man knew enough of the everlasting Kingdom140 THE MESSAGE OF PARDONto rise up from his fall, then CHRIST allowed his prideto be once and for ever crushed, by the most tremendousfall that is ever recorded in Holy Scripture. This man,this chief of the Apostles, this leader of humanityforsooth, curses, blasphemes, lies ; is frightened at whata maid-servant might say, forgets the love that had been

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