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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... ever expiring is carried on; and this last age, though everfailing, has lasted
longer than the ages before it, and Christians have more time for a greater work
than if they had been hired in the morning. O may we ever bear in mind that we
O may we ever bear in mind that we are not sent into this world to stand all the
day idle, but to go forth to our work and to our labour until the evening! Until the
evening, not in the evening only of life, but serving God from our youth, and not ...
Those, who have never fallen as they, are not to suffer the thought of what those
others were to rest on their minds, or to treat them in any degree (God forbid!) as
if their approach were a pollution to them. If they are reconciled to God, surely ...
He did but wish, before commencing his new life and eventful ministry, to hold a
last feast with his friends; and in his mode of doing so, he showed that his mind
was made up to leave his former occupations for ever. The materials of his ...
Such seems to be the connexion between the feast with which our Lord began,
and that with which He ended His ministry. Nay, may we not add without violence
, that in the former feast He had in mind and intended to foreshadow the latter?