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.”
Do you wish to see how little the Christian is saved from toil by his being saved
from “the burden and heat of the day? ... and from this instance you will be able to
decide how little Christ has saved those whom He loves from toil and trouble.
And again, “I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in
persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
” Is it possible to conceive a greater contrast than is placed before us in the
picture of ...
friends, or to inferiors or superiors, but only to our intimates, yet still may feel all
Christian love towards them, so we surely may observe certain rules for a time, or
for a permanence, towards those who have been open sinners, simply as a ...
SERMON V THE THREE OFFICES OF CHRIST (EASTER) PSALM 45:3, 4 “Full of
grace are thy lips, because god hath blessed thee for ever. Gird thee with thy
sword upon thy thigh, o thou most mighty, according to thy worship and renown.
And further this may be observed, that when Christ had thus given a pattern in
Himself of such contrary modes of life, and their contrary excellences, all in one,
He did not, on His going away, altogether withdraw the wonderful spectacle; but