Resources by 1880

Alive

Dec 12 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. I was at the time walking in the garden, so that I did not see him, and he appeared to have great difficulty in mentioning the subject of his concern to my...

Psalm 119:144

What is Essential in Coming to God?

Dec 12 THE apostle had put Enoch down among the heroes of faith; and, to prove that Enoch was a man of faith, he says, “Before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” “Then,” argues Paul, “if he pleased God, he must have been a believing man, for the very lowest form of approach to God needs faith: ‘He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and...

Hebrews 11:6

I Have Enough

Dec 9 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 which cannot reasonably be expected from them. For any person honestly and truthfully to say, “I have enough,” is so unusual a circumstance that I do not remember having heard it often. I have done...

Genesis 33:9, 11

The Joy of Jesus

Dec 5 LAST Lord’s-day morning we considered the lamentations of Jesus; we will now turn our thoughts to the joys of Jesus. It is remarkable that this is the only instance on record in the gospels in which our Lord is said to have rejoiced. It stands alone, and is, therefore, the more to be prized:— “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit.” He was the “man of sorrows and acquainted with...

Luke 10:21-22

The Old Gospel for the New Century

Dec 5 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 yet to do if God shall spare my life. This verse is one of those great wells of salvation from which we may always be drawing, for we can never exhaust it. Our proverb says, “Drawn wells are the sweetest;”...

Matthew 11:28

The Lamentations of Jesus

Nov 28 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 dead. He saw the sorrow of the sisters, he meditated upon the fruit of sin in the death and corruption of the body, and be groaned in spirit, and it is written that “Jesus...

Luke 19:41

The Redeemer’s Face Set like a Flint

Nov 28 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 of Jesus of Nazareth, the promised Deliverer, whom God hath...

Isaiah 1:7

The Believer Catechized

Nov 21 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 consolation is provided exactly adapted to their cases. For every lock that God has made he has provided a key. As...

John 11:26

The Great Miracle-Worker

Nov 21 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 to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.” Mr. Whitefield once raised a great storm against...

John 11:47

The Blood of the Testament

Nov 14 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 was so when the arrangements of Israelitish worship were first published and established in the wilderness. Paul says, “Neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.” He, probably, had in his mind’s eye the...

Hebrews 9:20