Sermons: Bearing on Subjects of the Day
THOUGH God created the heavens and the earth in six days, and then rested, yet He rested only to begin a work of another kind; for our Lord says, “My Father worketh hitherto,” and He adds, “and I work.” And at another time He says, concerning Himself more expressly, “I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” And when that night came, He said, “I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.” “It is finished.” And in the text we are told generally of all men, “Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.” The Creator wrought till the Sabbath came; the Redeemer wrought till the sun was darkened, and it was night. “The sun ariseth,” and “man goeth forth,” and works “till the evening;” when “the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men bow themselves, and those that look out at the windows are darkened, and desire fails, because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets;” when “the silver cord is loosed, and the golden bowl is broken, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns unto God who gave it.”
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... though so suddenly visited, had no intention of shrinking from the summons; he
asked indeed to bid his kindred farewell, but he was not of those whom our
Saviour notices, who, having put their hand to the plough, look back, and are unfit
I do not say that there is any thing eccentric or reprehensible in grudging oneself
those comforts which our Saviour refused; but, as things are, it is best to confine
ourselves to the wish and the endeavour, and to spare ourselves the solemn ...
And hence it was said of the Saviour to come, “He shall not strive nor cry, neither
shall any hear His voice in the streets; a bruised reed shall He not break, and
smoking flax shall He not quench, till He send forth judgment unto victory.” Hence
Angels heralded a Saviour, a Christ, a Lord; but withal, He was “born in
Bethlehem,” and was “lying in a manger.” Eastern sages brought Him gold, for
that He was a King, frankincense as to a God; but on the other hand myrrh also,
in token of a ...
And in like manner our Saviour, “Judge not according to the appearance, but
judge righteous judgment.” Now I propose to consider one part of this large
subject; viz. to insist on a point which is very important, the necessity we lie under
, if we ...