by Ivor Powell

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The Unscalable Mountains of Grace (28 of 34)
Series: Bible Oasis: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
Ivor Powell
John 7:46

Some of the towering mountains of earth represent the most majestic objects of creation. A friend of mine in New Zealand described them as "decorations with which the Lord enhanced the beauty of earth." Mount Everest and others of its type have been a challenge to intrepid climbers, and some people never rest until they have climbed to almost unreachable summits. I have seen men crawling like ants beneath protruding dangerous ledges, and have been amazed at the skill with which they drove stakes into the rocks to support themselves as they endeavored to reach higher elevations. There are mountains of grace which glisten in eternal sunshine; their purity and splendor reflect the glory of God's heaven. To reach those lofty peaks may be very difficult, but it is possible to view the dazzling heights where Christ was quite "at home."

His Message Is Unsurpassable (John 7:45-46)

"Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this man." It was frustrating when the officials were helpless in the presence of the Man they were supposed to arrest. They had planned to end something considered to be nonsense. The Stranger from Galilee was disturbing the peace and could not be tolerated. Resolutely, the officials approached the meeting-place, but since there was no great urgency, they paused for a few moments to listen to the Speaker. That delay ruined their plans, for the Preacher was entrancingly interesting. The time passed quickly, and before they realized what was happening, the meeting ended. How could they arrest someone who had captivated them? That Man from Galilee had been amazingly eloquent. Later, when they returned to the Jewish leaders, they could only exclaim, "Never man spake like this man." They had seen and hea ...

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