I TheGospel M agaZ'tne. 521 l I, I I I I-- I " Oh! what wonders love has done! But how little understood! God well knows, and God alone, What produced that sweat of blood! Who can thy deep wonders see? Wonderful Gethsemane ! " There my God bore all my guilt: This through grace can be believed: But the horrors which He felt Are too vast to be conceived; None can penetrate through thee, Doleful, dark Gethsemane ! "Gloomy garden, on thy beds, Washed by Kedron's waters foul, Grow most rank and bitter weeds: Think on these, my sinful soul ! Wouldst thou sin's dominion flee? Call to mind Gethsemane ! "Eden, from each flowery bed, Did for man short sweetness breathe; Soon by Satan's counsel led, Man wrought sin, and sin wrought death: But of life the healing tree Grows in rich Gethsemane. " Sins against a holy God; Sins against His righteous laws; Sins against His love, His blood; Sins against His name and cause: Sins immense as is the sea Hide me, 0 Gethsemane! "Saviour, all the stone remove From my flinty, frozen heart; Thaw it with the beams of love, Pierce it with the blood-dipped dart. Wound the heart that wounded Thee; Melt it in Gethsemane!" The Mount of Olives, at foot of which lay Gethsemane-the Oil-press-is full of sacred memories associated with the inner life of Jesus. Indeed, that Mount occupies in both the Old and New Testaments the most eminent place among the many mountains mentioned in the inspired writings in connection with Israel, both national and spiritual. The reader is invited to note the New Testament references to Olivet in their relation to the personal
522 TheGospelMagazine. history of Jesus on earth. They bring home to the hearts of His followers a sweet and powerful sense of His adorable Person, of His most real identification with His people and their present condition, and of His Divine resources to meet all their needf!. To guide the mind in this holy study the following references may be cited :-Matt. xxiv. 1-4; John viii. 1, 2; Luke xix. 37; and Acts i. 9-12. Others will suggest themselves. This topical association of Jesus and His great work of redemption on earth, together with the remembrance of His being" the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever," is well calculated to assist our apprehension of Him in Whom we have a High Priest who can be-and is "touched with the feeling of our infirmities," and Who" was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Clifton. J. O. THE DIVINE· PREACHER. READER, let it be your wisdom, in all your meditations on the sufferings and exercises of Christ, to connect with them the cause, "He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and by His stripes we are healed." And while we think of those things, let us in all our lesser exercises bless God, when at anv time called to the fellowship in suffering of His Son Jesus Christ. "My brethren (saith James), count it all joy, when ye fall into divers temptations." And, no doubt, when the strength of Christ is made perfect in our weakness, there is great cause of joy, to glory even in our infirmities, when the power of Christ doth rest upon us. Reader, think what a sermon Christ's first sermon was, which he preached after His ordination by the unction of the Holy Ghost, in the Jewish synagogue (Luke iv.). Oh, that all preachers of the Word of God were to follow Christ's example, and thereby prove that the Spirit of the Lord, according to the measure of the gift of Christ, was upon them. Might we not hope, that from the same blessed cause, as by the Master so by His servants, gracious effects would follow; and the Lord's cause would be glorified in the earth? But let all such not fail to do as Christ did. However offensive to carnal reason, and to the free-will of men, let the sovereignty of God be proclaimed. Many widows, and many lepers, there may be in Israel now, as of old; but until God send His Word, there will be no commission to heal. Oh, do Thou, blessed Jesus, Who in the days of Thy flesh didst heal all the diseases of Thy people, now in the day of Thy power manifest the sovereignty of Thy grace and salvation, and preach by Thy blessed Spirit, as then in the synagogues of Galilee. Amen.-Rev. Dr. Hawker.