Sermons from 1880


December 12, 1880

Alive    “The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.” — Psalm cxix. 144.   YESTERDAY afternoon I was the subject of a somewhat singular circumstance. An esteemed friend and relative came over to my house, evidently labouring under great disturbance of mind, and having enquiries to make of a very important order. …


What is Essential in Coming to God?

December 12, 1880

What is Essential in Coming to God?   “Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” — Hebrews xi. 6.   THE apostle had put Enoch down among the heroes of faith; and, to prove that …


I Have Enough

December 9, 1880

I Have Enough   “Esau said, I have enough . . . . Jacob said, I have enough.” — Genesis xxxiii. 9, 11.   IT is a very rare thing to meet with people who say that they have enough, for those who have most generally desire more, and those who have little feel that contentment is a thing …

Genesis:33:9, 11

The Joy of Jesus

December 5, 1880

The Joy of Jesus    “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to …


The Old Gospel for the New Century

December 5, 1880

The Old Gospel for the New Century   “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”— Matthew xi. 28.   You have doubtless heard several sermons from this text already. I have discoursed upon it, I know not how many times; — not so many times, however, as I intend …


The Lamentations of Jesus

November 28, 1880

The Lamentations of Jesus    “When he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it.” — Luke xix. 41.   ON three occasions we are told that Jesus wept. You know them well, but it may be worth while to refresh your memories. The first was when our Lord was about to raise Lazarus from the …


The Redeemer’s Face Set like a Flint

November 28, 1880

The Redeemer’s Face Set like a Flint     “For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.” — Isaiah 1. 7.   November 28, 1880 THESE are, in prophecy, the words of the Messiah. This is the language …


The Believer Catechized

November 21, 1880

The Believer Catechized    “Believest thou this?”— John xi. 26.   THE Saviour said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. BELIEVEST THOU THIS?      When believers are sorrowful they may be assured that a …


The Great Miracle-Worker

November 21, 1880

The Great Miracle-Worker   “Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.”— John xi. 47.   I WILL make a preface out of the verse preceding our text: “Some of them”— that is, some of those who saw Lazarus raised from the dead, “went their ways …


The Blood of the Testament

November 14, 1880

The Blood of the Testament    “This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.”— Hebrews ix. 20.   THE apostle declares that whenever God has entered into covenant with man it has not been without the shedding of blood. To a covenant a sacrifice, and to a testament a death, was evidently necessary. It …