Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 31

The Pitifulness of the Lord the Comfort of the Afflicted

Jun 14 WE are far too apt to entertain hard thoughts of God. The horrible atheism of our depraved nature continually quarrels with the Most High; and when we are under his afflicting hand, and things go cross to our will, the evil of our nature becomes sadly evident. When sorely distressed, we are too apt to think and to speak as we ought not to do concerning the Most High. Let...

James 5:11

The Purging of the Conscience

Jun 21 SOME of you may remember that six years ago I preached from this text, principally dwelling upon the type of the red heifer. We then tried to show how in these ashes of the heifer, laid by in store and applied to the unclean with water, God gave to his people in the wilderness a purification of the flesh whenever they had defiled themselves by touching any dead thing. This...

Hebrews 9:13-14

The Lowly King

Jun 25 I DO not intend to expound the whole text at any length, but simply to dwell upon the lowliness of Jesus. Yet this much I may say: whenever God would have his people especially glad, it is always in himself. If it be written, “Rejoice greatly,” then the reason is, “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee!” Our chief source of rejoicing is the presence of King Jesus in the midst...

Zechariah 9:9

Before Sermon, At Sermon, and After Sermon

Jun 28 BRETHREN, it is a good thing to be under the sound of the word of God. Even if the very lowest motive should induce persons to come to hear the gospel, it is nevertheless a good thing that they should come. We have heard of some who have even come to steal, and yet the word of God has stolen into their hearts. In many cases in the olden times...

James 1:21-22

The Looking-Glass

Jul 5 LAST Sabbath-day I tried to show the right way of hearing the Word of God. We spoke of how to behave before sermon, at sermon, and after sermon. May God grant that the word which I then spoke may continue in your minds, and bring forth good fruit! At this time I shall draw a distinction between the true and blessed hearer of the Word, and the person who misses...

James 1:23-25

Coming Judgement of the Secrets of Man

Jul 12 IT is impossible for any of us to tell what it cost the apostle Paul to write the first chapter of the epistle to the Romans. It is a shame even to speak of the things which are done of the vicious in secret places; but Paul felt that it was necessary to break through his shame, and to speak out concerning the hideous vices of the heathen. He has...

John 3:16

The Modern Dead Sea, and the Living Water

Jul 19 EZEKIEL is robed in dreadful tempest, and his whole book is “as the terrible crystal” for brightness, and for mystery; yet he often gives us visions of exceeding comfort. For instance, who can think without joy of that tender branch of the cedar which is to be planted by God in the mountain of the height of Israel, which shall grow so exceedingly that all fowl of every wing shall...

Ezekiel 47:8

Immeasurable Love

Jul 26 I WAS very greatly surprised the other day, in looking over the list of texts from which I have preached, to find that I have no record of ever having spoken from this verse. This is all the more singular, because I can truly say that it might be put in the forefront of all my volumes of discourses as the sole topic of my life’s ministry. It has been...

John 3:16

A Discourse Upon True Blessedness Here and Thereafter

Aug 2 THE text is a Beatitude. It begins with BLESSED. We should all like to be blessed. What a more than golden word that “blessed” is! It begins the Psalms of David: there is sweetest poetry in it. It begins the sermon of the Son of David; it is the end of all holy teaching. “Happiness” is the earthly word; “blessedness” is the heavenly one. Happiness may prove to be a...

James 1:12

Up from the Country, and Pressed into the Service

Aug 2 JOHN tells us that our Saviour went forth bearing his cross (John xix. 17). We are much indebted to John for inserting that fact. The other evangelists mention Simon the Cyrenian as bearing the cross of Christ; but John, who often fills up gaps which are left by the other three, tells us that Jesus set out to Calvary carrying his own cross. Our Lord Jesus came out from Pilate’s...

Mark 15:21