January 1, 1970

Simeon   "And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.”— Luke 2:25.   WHAT a biography of a man! How short, and yet how complete! We have seen biographies so prolix, that full one half is …


The Soul’s Crisis

January 1, 1970

The Soul's Crisis   “Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.” — Luke xviii. 37.   SUCH was the news of that day. As an exclamation, doubtless it was often repeated when our Lord made his journeys through the land of Palestine and its outskirts — “Jesus of Nazareth passeth by!” How quickly would the inhabitants of their cities and their …


Simeon’s Swan Song

January 1, 1970

Simeon's Swan Song   “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation.” — Luke ii. 29, 30.   IF we are believers in Christ, we shall one day use words like these. Perhaps not just at present; and yet, possibly, sooner than some of us think, we …


This Year Also

January 1, 1970

This Year Also   “This year also.”—Luke xiii. 8.   AT the opening of another year, and at the commencement of another volume of sermons, we earnestly desire to utter the word of exhortation: but alas, at this present, the preacher is a prisoner, and must speak from his pillow instead of his pulpit. Let not the few words …


Satan’s Punctuality, Power, and Purpose

January 1, 1970

Satan's Punctuality, Power, and Purpose    “Then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.”— Luke viii. 12.   IT is a great comfort that such multitudes are willing to hear the word of God. Even though many should turn out to be as the rock, the wayside, …


Consider Before You Fight

January 1, 1970

Consider Before You Fight   “What king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.”—Luke …


A Distinction with a Difference

January 1, 1970

A Distinction with a Difference   “And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this?”— Luke i. 18. “Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be?”— Luke i. 34.   ZACHARIAS and the Virgin Mary were both very dear to God, and therefore highly honoured and greatly favoured. The points of likeness between them are …

Luke:1:18, 34

The Centurion: Or, an Exhortation to the Virtuous

January 1, 1970

The Centurion: Or, an Exhortation to the Virtuous   “And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: for he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, …


A Harp of Ten Strings

August 30, 1891

A Harp of Ten Strings   “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”— Luke i. 46, 47.   IT is very clear that Mary was not beginning a new thing; for she speaks in the present tense, and in a tense which seems to have been for a …

Luke:1:46, 47

A Gracious Dismissal

January 11, 1891

A Gracious Dismissal   “And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”— Luke vii. 50.   THE main part of my subject will be— that gracious dismissal, “Go in peace.” To her who had been so lately blest, the word “Go” sounded mournfully; for she would fain have remained through life with her …