Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 45

A Lost Christ Found

Jan 8 WHAT a precious treasure must the child Jesus have been to his parents! You who have children whom you love, not merely because they are yours, but because you discover in them traits of character which are signs of divine grace, can tell in some measure how precious the child Jesus must have been. Born to his mother in a miraculous manner, her heart was set upon him; and after...

Luke 2:44-46

Christ’s Care of His Disciples

Jan 11 WE need but hint at the circumstances under which these words were uttered. Our Saviour was in the Garden of Gethsemane with his disciples; a multitude came with the officers commissioned by the high priest to seize him; he went boldly towards them, and asked, “Whom seek ye?” They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.” At his words, “I am he,” “they went backward and fell to the ground,” and then Jesus...

John 18:8

The Anxious Enquirer

Jan 12 WE will say nothing at this time concerning Job, we will leave the patriarch out of the question, and take these words as the exclamation forced from the aching heart of a sinner, when he finds that he is lost on account of sin, and can only be saved by Christ. “Oh that I knew where I might find him,” — “my Saviour, — that I might be saved by...

Job 23:3

The Sinner’s Refuge

Feb 4 You are aware that the principle of blood-revenge is a deep-seated one in the Eastern mind. From the earliest ages, it was always the custom with the Orientals, when a man was murdered, or slain without malice aforethought, for the nearest relative, his heir, or any person related to him, to take revenge for him upon the person who, either intentionally or unintentionally, was the means of his death. This...

Numbers 35:11

The Dumb Singing

Apr 29 WHAT a difference grace makes, wherever it enters the heart! In our text, we find the blind mentioned; but they are no longer blind when once grace has touched their eyes: “Then the eyes of the blind” are “opened.” We read also of the deaf; but they are not deaf after grace has operated upon them: “the ears of the deaf” are “unstopped.” Here are men who have been “lame”...

Isaiah 35:5, 6

God’s Work in Man

Jun 14 WITHOUT any preface or prelude, we shall draw from these words three or four lessons.      I. The first lesson from the text is this, that GOD SPEAKS CONCERNING HIS PURPOSES OF GRACE IN MAN, WITHOUT NOTICING EITHER MAN’S WILLINGNESS OR UNWILLINGNESS, AND WITHOUT ALLOWING HIS OWN PURPOSE TO BE CHANGED BY THE ONE OR THE OTHER.      According to the free-will plan of salvation, it would be absolutely necessary...

Hosea 2:16, 17

“Jesus only.” — A Communion Meditation.

Aug 2 THIS was the last sight the disciples had upon the mountain, and it seems to me to have been the best. They saw “Jesus only.” Jesus was often with his people; he was usually with his disciples; but they did not often notice him as “Jesus only.” They probably did so, in this case, because he had been accompanied by two great and notable personages, who, on a sudden, withdrew...

Mark 9:8

Preparation Necessary for the Communion

Sep 9 WE do not hold it right to admit all persons indiscriminately to the Lord’s supper; we believe the Lord’s table is the place of communion, and we would have none there with whom we cannot have true Christian fellowship. We can commune with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ, however different may be their views upon some points of doctrine. So long as we find it possible to...

1 Corinthians 11:28

The Flight to Zoar

Sep 10 THE destruction of Sodom was, undoubtedly, a literal fact; and the record of it in Genesis is as true a piece of history as any event that is recorded by Tacitus or Josephus. But it was also intended to be a great parabolical lesson to us, — a lesson in the shape of a parable, by which we might receive both instruction and blessing. The Old Testament is a great...

Genesis 19:23

Our Heavenly Father’s Pity

Sep 30 WHAT a blow this is for our pride! Then, God’s children are pitiable objects; notwithstanding that he hath crowned them with glory and honour; hath given them perfection in Christ Jesus; hath breathed into them the breath of spiritual life; hath set their feet upon a rock, and established their goings; yet they are, and they ever will be, so long as they are here below, pitiable objects. It is...

Psalm 103:13