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.”
We have ended the feast of grace, and are now come to the workdays, and
therefore we read of man going forth to his work and to his labour from sunrising
unto the evening. Or we may connect these two seasons with Lent, which is to
You may say, indeed, that most important occurrences took place at that feast;
and that these He had in view when He gave the command to prepare for it, and
when He expressed His satisfaction in celebrating it. Then He washed His ...
He closed His earthly ministry, He parted with His disciples, He entered upon His
trial, at a feast. The Son of Man had come, in His own words, eating and drinking;
and He preserved this peculiarity of His mission unto the end. There must be ...
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 ...
supplying it miraculously He showed that He was beginning a new life, the life of
a Messenger from God, and that that feast was the last scene of the old life. And,
moreover, He made use of one remarkable expression, which seems to imply ...