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mercantile world calls a re The sacrifice of life for another
spectable man. He has no demonstrates at once, in the
generous impulses, no heart, most powerful way, both the
and, therefore, has not in him intensity and sincerity of the
that which can awaken love affection.
in others. The just man is

IV. THAT CHRIST'S DEATH very popular character.

IS THE MIGHTIEST DEMONSTRASecondly, the goodman

“But has power to excite it. Who Güd commendeth his love is the good man here ? The toward us, in that, while we kind man

-the man of warm were yet sinners, Christ died sympathies and loving soul- for us."

for us." This will appear, if the man who can weep with you consider, (1) the characthose who weep. Such a man ters for whom He died—“sinevokes the sympathies of ners.” (2) Consider the cirothers. He has often done cumstances under which He SO. The case of Job opening died. Not amid the gratitude by his kindness the heart of of those whom He loved, his age, and of Pythias endu but amid their imprecations. ring the punishment for (3) Consider the freedom Damon, and of Jonathan and with which He died. He was David, are cases in point. not compelled. (4) Consider

III. THAT THE SACRIFICE the preciousness of the life OF LIFE IS TIIE HIGHEST EX He sacrificed. His life was PRESSION OF THIS AFFECTION. worth all other lives. Truly, “Scarcely for a righteous herein is love.

Learn from this subject, nothing that man values, as first, the moral grandeur of a rule, so much as life Christianity. There is no friends, property, health, re such manifestation of love in putation, all are held cheap in the universe as this. Secondly, comparison with life. To give the moral power. of Chrislife, therefore, is to give that tianity. The motiveitemploys which he feels to be of all to break the heart of the the dearest things most dear.. world is this wonderful love. A man may express his affection by demonstrative lan

STRANGERS MAY BE ANGELS. guage, by indefatigable toil,

“Be not forgetful to entertain by costly gifts, but such ex

strangers : for thereby some have pressions are weak compared entertained angels unawares. with the sacrifice of life. Heb. xiii. 2. * Greater love,” saith Christ, As Abraham sat at the door “ hath no man than this,” &c. of his tent in the vale of

man will one die." "There is

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Mamre, sheltered, perhaps, apart from him. At last the from the scorching rays of introduction comes. oriental noon by overshadow- tertuin him, and time proves ing trees, three travellers him to be an angel to us came up to him, whom he our guide in a great difficulty entertained with the hospi Lour support in a-sad trial, tality common to his age

and &c. Do not shun neighbours. his country, and conimon in Thirdly : It may be so with Arabia even to this hour. the stranger.in our Church. These travellers turned out A man joins our communion. to be angels—benign mes There may be much that is sengers from the eternal strange in him to us. He heavens of love. The text is may be a Catholic, a Churchan exhortation founded upon man, a Baptist, or Wesleyan. this circumstance. Our sub-Still, entertain him with ject is that “strangers” may brotherly love, and perhaps often be "angels."

we may discover something of I. Strange PERSONS may the angel. often turn out to be “angels." Fourthly: It may be so

First: It may be so with the with the "stranger" in our strangerwho enters our country. A foreigner enters household. Whatever his er our land-a Russian, Pole, rand, in whatever condition Spaniard, Hindoo, Chinaman, he appears, though he be a it matters not. Don't despise pauper with a pauper's peti- | him. Treat him kindly, and tion, if we entertain him we you may find even in him may find, perhaps, something something of the angel, someof the angel in him. He may thing that may contribute to breathe a spirit, utter a senti the progress of the state. The ment, express a soul indi moral is Treat all men cating a kindredship with the with generousness and goodskies. Vulgar heartlessness will, and you may, perhaps, often hustles from its door a find angelic things within suppliant in whom the an. them. gelic lives.

II. Strange THINGS may Secondly : It may be so often turn out to be “ANGELS." with the strangerin our

ir | First: A

strangetruth neighbourhood. A stranger may turn out to be an angel. comes and takes up his abode There are men so narrow and in our vicinity. For a time prejudiced in mind that they foolish pride, or unnatural bolt their souls against all shyness, or a meaningless that is new in thought. If a conventionality, may ketp us fresh truth knock at the door,

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they thrust it from them with CHRIST'S RESURRECTION indignation. Yet he who re HIGHER FACT THAN HIS DEATH. ceives a new thought may “It is Christ that died, yea receive an angel-an angel rather, that is risen again."

Rom. viii. 34. that may solve his difficul. ties and enfranchise his in

The text starts the though tellect, and make the horizon

that Christ's resurrection is of his soul beam brightly with

better than Ais death"Yea unearthly stars.

rather, that is risen again.”

I. HIS RESURRECTION PRESecondly: A strange trial may turn out to be an angel. Adversity may come, and ex

His death is not to change your mansion for a be disparaged. Its importance hovel ; disease may come,

cannot be overrated; none and reduce your strong frame

can appreciate it too highly. to an emaciated skeleton;

It is the highest expression of bereavement may come, and

love the universe ever witmake your home circle a de

nessed--the highest homage solation. Still, do not battle

to truth, rectitude, and order, against these messengers.

that the Divine government Entertain them with loyal

ever received. It was a deathsubmission to the God that

blow to all past dispensais over all, and they may

it rang in the new era

of eternal mercy. prove blessings in disguise. They may be like Lot's angels,

as is his death, the great dragging you from Sodom tó thing is implied in his resurthe mountains of God.

rection. There could not have Thirdly: Strange charities been a real resurrection had

there not been a real death. may turn out to be an angel. Some fresh philanthropic or

And that His resurrection was religious institution

real, we have often endea.

may knock at your door aud so

voured to demonstrate. *

II. HIS RESURRECTION DElicit your support. Do not thrust such charities from

MONSTRATES THE WONDERFULyou. Entertain them. They are angels that can do you

First: His resurrection demore good than you can

monstrates the absolute volunthem. “It is more blessed

He

tariness of his death. to give than to receive.”

who could rise from the dead Be not forgetful to entertain by his own power, could have strangers : for thereby some

avoided death. His rising have entertained angels un

proved that He had power to awares."

See “ Resurrections."

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lay down his life, and take THE LORD'S SUPPER. it up again.

“For I have received of the Secondly: His resurrection Lord that which also I delivered demonstrates the supernatural unto you, That the Lord Jesus, character of his death. Only betrayed, took bread : and, when

the same night in which he was a few of the millions that have

he had given thanks, he brake it, died, have ever been raised to and said, Take, eat; this is my life; only one ever rose by body, which is broken for you:

this do in remembrance of me. his own power, and that was

After the same manner also he Christ. The supernatural re

took the cup, when he had surrection shows the super supped, saying, This cup is the natural death. It is the re new testament in my blood : this surrection, therefore, that

do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in

remembrance of me. For as often gives a meaning to Christ's

as ye eat this bread, and drink death.

this cup, ye do shew the Lord's Thirdly : His resurrection death till he come."-1 Cor. xi.

23—26. secures the moral purpose of his death. The great end of

THESE verses give an his death was to give spiritual count of what is called the life to humanity, and this “Lord's Supper.” This supper his resurrection ensures. He was instituted by Christ Himis alive, to carry on by his self the night in which He Gospel and his Spirit the was betrayed while He was great work of man's spiritual observing the Passover with restoration.

his disciples. On that night Brothers, let us think He virtually directs

the rather of the risen than of the

minds of

from all dead Christ. A dead Church Jewish ritualism, and centres worships a dead Christ—bows them on Himself. “Do this before His effigy on the canvas

in remembrance of ME." -kisses his feet on the cruci True religion now has to do fix. But a living Church with a person, and that person keeps her eye ever on a living

is Christ. In reading the Christ. Alas, the modern words of the apostle before Church generally lives rather

are four things on the gloomy Saturday, when

which strike us with amazeChrist is in His grave, than

ment. on the bright Sunday when I. THAT He appeared to His disciples ; DOUBT THE GENUINENESS OF -the blessed Easter of the CHRISTIANITY.

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attended to by the First: The gustatory. The Church at Jerusalem after. Corinthians, to 'whom the the day of Pentecost, cele- apostle now writes, thus used brated by various

other it. They introduced a loveapostolic churches, as feast to immediately precede corded in the Acts of the it, probably because a Jewish Apostles, and which St. feast preceded its first celebraPaul here states he

tion. This led to gluttony and ceived from the Lord," and other evils. Hence, in the predelivers now to the Corin- ceding verses he says,

66 When thian Church. From the ye come together, therefore, apostolic age down to this into one place, this is not to eat hour, through eighteen long the Lord's supper. For in eatcenturies it has been attended ing, every one taketh before to by all the branches of the other his own supper; and true church. Since its origin one is hungry, and another thousands of generations have is drunken. What ? Have passed away, many systems ye not houses to eat and have risen and disappeared, to drink in? or despise ye nations have been organized, the Church of God, and flourished, and broken up, but shame them that have not? this ordinance continues : What shall I say to you? and continues, what for ? Shall I praise you in this ? To commemorate the great I praise you not.” The memcentral fact of the Gospel — bers of the Corinthian namely, that Christ died. Is Church were converts from there any other fact in his- heathenism, and they had tory sustained by evidence been accustomed, in their half so powerful as this ? heathen festivals, to give

These words suggest another way to gluttony and intemthing which strikes us with perance. Many of them, amazement.

from the force of old habits, II. THAT

were tempted to use the MISINTERPRET

Lord's supper in this way, Here are dis

hence they were guilty of the tinctly told that it is to

body and blood of the 66 show forth the Lord's Lord,” that is, guilty of prodeath." No language can faning the institution demore clearly show that it is signed to commemorate His purely commemorative. There death. Thus, they ate and are three abuses of this insti drank "unworthily," and by tution, which imply the so doing, ate and drank congrossest misinterpretation. demnation to themselves.

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