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The Ascension and the Second Advent Practically Considered

Dec 28 FOUR great events shine out brightly in our Saviour’s story. All Christian minds delight to dwell upon his birth, his death, his resurrection, and his ascension. These make four rounds in that ladder of light, the foot of which is upon the earth, but the top whereof reacheth to heaven. We could not afford to dispense with any one of those four events, nor would it be profitable for us...

Acts 1:10-11

The Great Birthday of Our Coming Age

Dec 21 THE birth of our Lord Jesus Christ into this world is a wellspring of pure, unmingled joy. We associate with his crucifixion much of sorrowful regret, but we derive from his birth at Bethlehem nothing but delight. The angelic song was a fit accompaniment to the joyful event, and the filling of the whole earth with peace and good will is a suitable consequence of the condescending fact. The stars...

Galatians 4:3-6

Exceeding Gladness

Dec 21 You have heard a great many sermons upon the Man of Sorrows. I am sure that you have not heard too many; and if, from this time to the end of your life, you should every Sabbath hear of him, and of his sufferings, you will not be nauseated with that theme. You will still feel an intense pleasure in hearing the story of your Lord’s griefs, and in having...

Psalm 21:6

A Sweet Silver Bell Ringing in Each Believers Heart

Dec 18 WHAT a charming sentence! Can you say it? Only five words, but what meaning! Huge volumes of poetry have appeared from Chaucer even to Tennyson; but it seems to me that the essence of poetry lies hid in a marvellously condensed form within these few words. It shall take you many an hour to suck out all their sweetness. There is an almost inconceivable depth of meaning in them: and...

Micah 7:7

Jonah's Resolve, or "Look Again"!

Dec 14 WHAT a complex creature is man! Those who fancy that they can fully describe him do not understand him. He is a riddle and a contradiction. As says Ralph Erskine— “I’m in mine own and others’ eyes A labyrinth of mysteries.” Here, for instance, is a confession from David. “So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou...

Jonah 2:4

Cords and Cart-Ropes

Dec 14 THE text begins with “Woe;” but when we get a woe in this book of blessings it is sent as a warning, that we may escape from woe. God’s woes are better than the devil’s welcomes. God always means man’s good, and only sets ill before him that he may turn from the dangers of a mistaken way, and so may escape the ill which lies at the end of...

Isaiah 5:18

A Wonder Explained by Greater Wonders

Dec 7 How different are our experiences from our fears! This man of God had said, “When I cry and shout he shutteth out my prayer.” He had said again, “Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.” He had added even to that, “Surely against me is he turned.” But now he corrects his misapprehensions. Neither was prayer shut out, nor had God turned against...

Lamentations 3:57

The Threshing-Floor of Ornan

Nov 9 DAVID was for many years searching for a site for the great temple which he purposed to build for Jehovah his God. It had been ordained that the sacrifices offered to the one God should be offered by all Israel upon one altar; but as yet the ark of the Lord was within curtains, near to David’s palace, and the altar of burnt offering was situated at Gibeon. Where should...

1 Chronicles 21:28

Elijah's Plea

Nov 9 THE acts of Elijah were very singular. It had not been known from the foundations of the earth that a man should shut up the doors of the rain for the space of three years. Yet Elijah suddenly leaped upon the scene, announced the judgment of the Lord, and then disappeared for a time. When he reappears, at the bidding of God, he orders Ahab to gather the priests of...

1 Kings 18:36

May I?

Nov 6 THE woman in the narrative was fully persuaded that if she did but touch our Lord’s garment she would be made whole. What she had heard and seen concerning Jesus made her sure of his superabundant power to heal the sick. A touch would do it. Yea, even a touch of his clothes. Her one and only question was, might she touch him? Could she touch him? She would surely...

Matthew 9:21