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themselves in the Saviour's service; and resolve, at any cost or risk, to be his avowed followers.. What a triumph of Almighty grace! The possessors of salvation should all be professors of the Saviour. He also speedily be. comes a ministering saint. The grace that pardoned him has humbled and humanized him. He tenderly washes the deep stripes of God's servants, and then he ministers to them in Christian love. And, oh! how they talk and sing of Jesus as they sit and eat together! Truly that was a night of wonders - night much to be remembered. What unsought, unbought, abounding grace is here! What a trophy of the riches of mercy-what a specimen of the power of grace is before us! At seven or eight o'clock at night he was a vile servant of Satan-a heathen man, dark, cruel, hateful, and hating others-and, about one or two o'clock in the morning, happy, boly, loving, with a saved family in a new creation gathered round him! Surely this was a translation from darkness into marvellous light indeed !
Reader, you must realize such a change as this, or be for ever lost. It may not be so sudden or so miraculous—thať is not necessary; but it must be as real and as enduring--that is necessary. Perhaps you have not yet gone a single right step with the jailer of Philippi. You may be still doing Satan's work, as he did ; and then lying down in security night after night, as if there was no God to notice or to call you to account. Or it may be you have been troubled and convicted, and have asked the question, "What must I do to be saved?" But you have got rid of the conviction without believing in Jesus ; you have constructed for yourself a frail shelter, instead of flying to the one safe refuge which God has provided. Oh, miserable mistake! As if a man living near a volcanic mountain, from which a stream of lava was fast pouring, should erect a frail wooden fence to stem its course, and hide himself behind it, instead of hastening to some height far above the level of the fiery stream. Dissolving views !! Yes, it may be you can remember
many of your religious feelings and purposes, which, like the morning cloud and the early dew, have passed Listen, I implore you, to the warning and inviting
voice, “ Escape for thy life!" - Flee from the wrath to come!” "Blessed are all they that trust in him."
But if you can say, I have gone right through with all these views; I have not only trembled, but listened, believed, rejoiced, and now desire to obey, and minister, then, all hail, thou saved one! Go, thou, and tell to all around of the great salvation. Tell the careless sinner that wrath is coming; and fail not to tell the convinced sinner, yea, sinners of every sort, that salvation is come, and must be either received or rejected. Tell the sinner, You may believe, for God invites you to do so; you should, for God commands it; you must, or perish miserably and eternally.
Fellow-man, fellow-sinner, will you at once do as the jailer did, “Call for a light” ? Yes, come to the light. Look at yourself and your history in the light of God. It is said of the jailer that he sprang in.” Oh, to see such anxiety now! Alas! many creep away from truth, instead of springing towards it. But how shall they escape if they neglect so great salvation ? question is yet to be answered. God asks it now, and there is silence. Soon there will be a voice which will say, DEPART,” and this will be the answer. The sinner now says to God, “ Depart, I desire not the knowledge of thy ways;' and God's sentence hereafter will be the echo of his own desire. accepted
time, now is the day of salvation." And to every one who hears these tidings, He who is to be the judge at last says now, and he means what he says, “ These things I say, that ye may be SAVED.
Now is the
CHRIST AND THE DISCIPLES ON THE WAY TO JERUSALEM,
BY THE REV. J. JUDSON. " And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them : and they were amazed ; and as they followed, they were afraid."-Mark 1. 32. THIS passage
exhibits to us a small and gelist, relates that he “sent them two and interesting group of travellers. For some two before his face into every city and time past they have been itinerating in the place, whither he himself would come.” districts of Palestine, proclaiming a system But in this journey to Jerusalem the usual of truth called “the Gospel of the King. order was reversed; the disciples lingered dom," and enforcing their authority by the behind, “and Jesus went before them.” performance of miracles. Without wealth, We may see in this incident a proof of his learning, and social influence, they have moral courage.
On several occasions he succeeded in creating an extensive interest
had foretold his death with a minuteness of in their mission, and by the simple force detail ; he had appeared always to possess of the truth they preached, the miracles a vivid anticipation of his approaching sorthey wrought, and the character they bore, rows, and was therefore aware of the fate they have excited the jealous attentions of which awaited him after his entrance into the Jewish authorities, many of whom are the city. He knew, moreover, that this eagerly seeking the life of Jesus their leader. was his final journey to Jerusalem. After They are now pursuing a journey to Jeru- this entry, no more would he leave it until salem, and will soon be in the midst of the his death, except to conduct his disciples scenes of danger. Jesus goes before them. for meditation and prayer to the shades of Surprise is depicted on their countenances Gethsemane--the spot which has become as they behold bim advance, and they tread hallowed in the memory of his Church as the earth after him with slow and timid the place of his agony and bloody sweat. feet. The mountains which encompass the For three years and upwards he had been city, crowned with so many associations of wandering in the regions of Judea“ doing the past, now rise into view; as they ap- good,” “ teaching in the synagogues, preachproach the gates multitudes come forth to ing the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing meet them; their leader is received with a every sickness and every disease among the triumphal greeting, and in a few days after- people.” Now he is bidding farewell to wards, being conducted by the infuriated the former scenes of his toil, while the populace to the place called Golgotha, he noble deeds he had wrought, and the virtues is impaled upon a cross, and "pours out which adorned his character, were the garhis soul unto death" for the redemption lands which festooned him for the altar on
which he will shortly be offered "a sacrifice Incidents, which in the life of an ordi- to God for a sweet smelling savour." nary individual would be insipid, become knowledge, however, of his impending sufinvested with a peculiar interest through ferings daunted not his spirit as he travelled their association with the life of Jesus. in “the greatness of his way." Unlike his When what we call his passion touches an disciples, he moved with alacrity, and his incident, it appears to sanctify it and im- feet faltered not though he knew they were part to it “virtue ;
from that moment it carrying him onward to the scenes of death. clothes it with an impressive significance, One of the evangelists describes him as transforms it into a vehicle of instruction, setting his face "steadfastly" to go to and often enriches it with consolation for Jerusalem. This was no forced courage on his followers. If we exercise our thoughts the part of the Man of Sorrows, but the on the passage at the head of this paper, calm expression of his magnanimity; showwe may behold it furnishing an illustration ing how expressive was the symbol by of this truth.
which the Apocalypse represents him, and I. Observe the singular conduct of Jesus
that this « Lion of the tribe of Judah" on this journey. His entry into other cities, possessed a fortitude equal to his fate. which he visited in the exercise of his pub- We may also see in this incident the lic ministry, was generally subsequent to concern of Jesus to be released from the that of his disciples; for Luke, the evan
load of responsibility under which he la
of his people.
boured. When we attentively peruse the literal terms he could employ. Their in l'ecord of his life, we cannot fail of observing capacity to coniprehend this saying of Jesus that his spirit was oppressed by a burden arose from the secular views which the from which he felt a solicitude to be de- still entertained of his mission to the world livered. “I have," said he, “a baptism to The gross ideas of the Jewish people gene be baptized with; and how am I straitened rally, that the Messiah would appear in th until it be accomplished !” In his conver- character of a temporal prince, deliver thet sation he occasionally referred to a future from the Roman dominion, and afterward period in his life which he called his “hour". enthrone himself in Judea as their king ma period to which his thoughts were retained possession
the minds of ti habitually stretching forward as being disciples, even after they had enjoyed t! fraught with a heavy responsibility; and Redeemer's instructions. He had labour until this “ hour" had arrived a restraint to convince them that his mission w was imposed upon his feelings in the dis- purely of a spiritual nature, and that charge of his ministry. Even on the came not to be ministered unto, but mount of transfiguration when conversing minister, and to give his life a ransom with Moses and Elias, the subject of dis- many; but these carnal notions ht course was the “ decease which he should become so interwoven with their ment accomplish at Jerusalem.” This was the constitution that it seemed impossible grand event which often absorbed his remove them until after the resurrectio thoughts and drank up his spirit with soli- Notwithstanding the past efforts of Jes citude: and the “hour" is now drawing to enlighten his disciples, they still clus nigh when the tragedy of the cross shall be to the expectation of a worldly kingdo enacted. The reader has probably been in and only a short time previous to t a position when he has anticipated a fearful journey there “was a strife among the crisis in his own history, and has been which should be the greatest" in this kin bowed down by the agony of suspense dom after their Master had established until the crisis be overpast. This may Now, therefore, when they beheld his serve in some measure to explaiu the feel- hastening before them to Jerusalem, ings of Jesus as he pursues his fatal journey. predicted scene of his crucifixion, the Impelled, however, by a love for his people were seized with amazement. Was bu which swayed all the powers of his soul, mission 80 soon to terminate, and was the and was “stronger than death ;” animated to be the end of his career? How was by a fortitude which the terrible prospect that He whom they expected to "restos before him had no power to appal; and the kingdom to Israel,” elevate them encouraged by the promise of a "multitude
posts of civil authority, and reign over the which no man can number, of all kindreds, in royal magnificence, was thus marching and people, and tongues," as the reward of before them on the road to death; his achievements; Le girded himself for though he would accelerate the destructi the ordeal which awaited him, and moved of their fondest hopes, and abandon the in advance of his disciples to meet it, to the taunts of their adversaries as "glorious in his apparel, and mighty to victims of a delusion? gave.”
The amazement with which the II. Observe the peculiar feelings which ciples watched Jesus advance was acco the disciples betrayed on this occasion. As panied with sentiments of timidity Jesus thus went before them they gazed at they followed him. That they should ha him with sentiments of amazement. We been amazed was natural under the di arrive at some knowledge of the causes cumstances we have described ; but th which created these sentiments when we heard no sound of an enemy's footsteps int reflect that, on several previous occasions, distance, and why were they afraid ? Beit Jesus had aimed to impress their minds in his company, they knew that to sot with the truth that after his entry into extent they were sharers of his danger, ar Jerusalem be would be crucified. The evan- that the sufferings which he had foreto gelist Mark, however, adds the significant awaited him on his arrival at Jerusaler statement that “they understood not that indirectly threatened the if they co saying, and were afraid to ask him." Why tinued in association with his cause. Thi were they not able to understand him? He
were now in a situation which tested el had not veiled his meaning under a parable, reality of their faith and the ferrour but had predicted his death in the most their attachment. Their faith was genuin
or they would now probably have retired it, he in part fulfilled what was spoken by from his society; it was weak, and there- the prophet, “I have trodden the winefore while they followed him they betrayed press alone; and of the people there was the sentiments of fear and trembling. We none with me." These observations will can imagine Jesus turning towards them apply with equal force to the other critical his face, and by the expressive features of periods of his passion. When under the his countenance, and his significant gestures, shadows of Gethsemane, “ being in an beckoning them onwards with a swifter agony," and piercing the midnight air with speed. Sublimer heroism was never dis- the voice of supplication, he had withplayed on the battle-field than was ex- drawn from his disciples and was alone ; hibited by the “Captain of our salvation” and in that “ hour" which was the most on his way to Jerusalem, in the certain critical since time began its course, which prospect of his death. The Jews were decided his triumph over the “power of proverbial for the strength of their pre- darkness," and on whose issues the everjudices and the fury of their passions lasting destinies of myriads of our race against the Christian religion. Nicodemus were suspended, he exclaimed, with a loud sought an interview with Jesus by night voice, “My God, my God, why hast thou from a regard for his own personal safety; forsaken me?" Seeker after salvation ! Joseph of Arimathea, “a good man and be encouraged by these incidents in the a just," was so impressed with the neces- closing scenes of his life to confide in his sity of precaution as to be “a disciple ability. In consummating the scheme of secretly." Many who heard him as he redemption, which astonishes the angels by
was teaching in the Temple, and who be- its vastness, he would receive no assistance, II lieved on him, “were afraid openly to con- but “ with his own right hand and his
fess him." While, therefore, we admire holy arm he hath gained for himself the the fortitude of Jesus, let us learn to in- victory." He will receive no assistance
dulge the feeling of charity towards his now in the work of thy salvation. Rejoice I disciples. Their situation and views in- that he allows thee no alternative except 3 vite us to be gentle in our judgment of to abandon every other refuge, and as one
their character, and especially as many equally helpless and guilty, to surrender professing Christians of the present age, thyself wholly to his power, for he has were they placed in the circumstances of given the assurance to the world, “Him these disciples, with only the confused that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast knowledge which they possessed of their out," and "He is able also to save them to leader's mission, if they followed Jesus at the uttermost that come unto God by him, all under such disadvantages, would follow seeing he ever liveth to make intercession him with even greater timidity, trembling for them." with apprehension like aspen leaves quiver- We may also learn from the incident on ing in the breeze.
which we have been dwelling the spirit with III. We may ponder one or two lessons which we are summoned to approach duty, which the incident of Jesus going before and encounter suffering in the discharge of his disciples to Jerusalem suggests for our it. This incident in the Redeemer's hismeditation. This incident may teach us tory will thus accomplish the double pur
the resolution of the Redeemer to complete pose of instructing us in doctrine, and of = his work without human assistance. His animating us to hard service by the force of
frequent allusions in his discourses to his his example. He knew that this was the approaching death, and the prominence only road which would conduct him to which the verses immediately following those honours which his Father had prothe one at the head of this paper show it mised him on condition of his obedience to have occupied in his thoughts at this unto death; the path of suffering was the moment, proved that he viewed the last path of glory; and "for the joy that was stages of his work as the most critical. If set before bim he endured the cross, dewe believe that all the sorrows associated spising the shame, and is set down at the with his death were vicarious in their cha- right hand of the throne of God." His racter, we may regard the great work of servants, who tread the same path and atonement as now actually commenced. know the fellowship of his sufferings, will The pangs of death had already seized his hereafter be raised to the same throne and anticipations ; and in leaving his disciples know the fellowship of his glory. Peculiar behind while he marched forward to meet difficulties may attend their course, and
mystery may so ensbroud it as to fill them any man serve me, let him follow me; and with amazement; their path may be one where I am, there shall also my servant be: “ which no fowl knoweth, and which the if any man servo me, him will my Father vulture's eye hath not seen ; " but Jesus honour." Servant of Christ ! transcribe comprehends all its various scenes, and these words for thy motto, and after imevery stage of their journey he himself hath ploring his wisdom for thy guidance, follow traversed. Worldly interests, friendships, ħim not with weak faith and trembling health, and even life itself, may be lost for feet, but having him for thy leader, follow Christ, but nothing valuable will eventually him with confidence and fortitude. Thou be lost by Christ; for such is the com. shalt surely overcome, and “sit with him munity of interest between himself and his in his throne, even as he also overcame, servants that his resurrection, ascension and is set down with his father in his into heaven, and his exaltation to the right throne;" thou shalt be raised to the dig. hand of the throne of God, are the certain nity of "an heir of God, and a joint-heir pledges of their future recompense and with Christ," and having suffered with him victory. “He that loveth his life shall on eartb, be at last glorified with him in lose it; and he that hateth his life in this heaven, world shall keep it unto life eternal. If
THE STONE AT THE SEPULCHRE.
BY THE REV. J. H. LUMMIS.
"And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away : for it was very great.”-Mark xvi. 3, 4.
VERY many Christians resemble, in one respect, these heroic and devoted women-they are apprehensive of obstacles which will entirely obstruct the path of religious duty. Like these women, moreover, their expected difficulties fill them with embarrassment, and they are staggered at the question, “How can they be removed ?" just as the Marys and Salome asked among themselves, “Who shall roll us away the stone?"
These women possessed, however, in no ordinary degree, devotion to their Lord and resolute courage in his service. These are always elements of power in the path of duty. They were in this case. Prompted by their undying devotion and holy courage, they pursued the loving duty they had undertaken, in defiance of the obstacles which threatened them.
For observe these two or three things :1. Though they apprehended obstacles they were not deterred from their duty.
They had seen the place where Jesus lay, and the stone rolled against the sepulchre by Joseph, and sealed by Pilate. They knew that they could not enter the sepulchre to anoint the body unless the stone should be removed, and when they went forth they did not expect to find it removed. Under these circumstances one would almost say that they were not required to prosecute their mission, and that, inasmuch as their offices of love were non-essential and self-imposed, they might have been omitted blamelessly. However, they did not reason thus. They did not seek, they did not wish, to be released from the offices they had undertaken, sad and repulsive though they were. They were strongly attached even to their melancholy duty, because it related to that Master whom even in death they loved, and therefore, although they expect obstructions in their path, although they are prepared to find the stone barring their entrance to the place where the Lord lay, they sally forth in the dim twilight of early morn, and wend their way to the sepulchre to anoint the body of Jesus.
An important lesson this on faithfulness to religious duty. For this is distinctly to be remembered, that the duties we owe to Christ must not be omitted on account of obstacles. “One is our Master, even Christ,” and we