Go To Christ – J.C. Ryle


Young men, I set before you Jesus Christ this day, as the treasury of your souls; and I invite you to begin by going to Him. Let this be your first step–go to Christ.

Do you want to consult friends? He is the best friend: “a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24).

Do you feel unworthy because of your sins? Do not fear: His blood cleanses from all sin. He says, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (Isaiah 1:18).

Do you feel weak, and unable to follow Him? Do not fear: He will give you the power to become sons of God. He will give you the Holy Spirit to live in you, and seal you for His own; He will give you a new heart, and He will put a new spirit within you.

Are you troubled or beset with a strange bent to evil? Do not fear: there is no evil spirit that Jesus cannot cast out, there is no disease of soul that He cannot heal.

Do you feel doubts and fears? Throw them aside: “Come to Me,” He says; “whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” He knows very well the heart of a young man.

He knows your trials and your temptations, your difficulties and your foes. In the days of His flesh He was like yours–a young man at Nazareth. He knows by experience a young man’s mind. He can understand the feeling of your temptations–because He Himself suffered when He was tempted.

Surely you will be without excuse if you turn away from such a Savior and Friend as this.

J.C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men

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