He is life from the dead. When the tomb was opened, the smell of Lazarus' sin and death came forth. The Lord must have felt like running away, since He hates evil in all its forms. But He stayed there.--The Heart of a Servant Leader: Letters from Jack Miller (P&R, 2004), 183
He does not run from us in our state of decay and smelliness. I tell you, when Jesus deals with us He does not pretend that we are lovely and odorless, but it is in the midst of our smelly death that Jesus draws near with tears and power and love and called the dead and rotting into new life. . . .
I know of no one else who can help the heart in its deepest needs, who can comfort the soul.
09 December 2011
He Does Not Run From Our Smelliness
Jack Miller, to a discouraged missionary, directing the dear man's eyes and heart to Jesus--
Posted by Dane Ortlund at Friday, December 09, 2011