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THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

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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.

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