THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

The Gospel Magazine. 517

VISIOD. "Handle Mc, and see," is faith's warrant to stretch forth

her hand and to lay hold upon Him in His Person of God-Man.

The operations of faith are both tangible and visual. Ohrist

delights to be apprehended by His brethren by both methods.

When faith cannot see Him, because it is dark, it feels for Him

till it find Him. He manifests Himself to all who diligently seek

Him. He is never far off the needy and poor in spirit. What

loving pains He took to assure His disciples after His resurrection

that He was the self-same Jesus Who had taught them and cared

for them in the days of His ministry. Death could not quench

the flame of His vast love, Dor could the waters of judgment drown

it. Having loved His own which were in the world, "He loved

them unto the end," and after accomplishing His Oovenant work

of redemption, He impressed upon them that victory and exaltation

had in no way affected His meek and lowly heart, the gentleness

of His character, and the tenderness of His regard for them.

He is of the same mind still. All that we read of Him in the

Scriptures after His resurrection impresses upon us this most

blessed truth. If doubt p.nd fear possess our souls, His word of

compassion is still-" Handle Me, and see, that it is I Myself."

How precious is that brief declaration-"It is I Myself!" How it

drives away all foolish, fleshly apprehensions from us, and cheers

us in our seasons of gloom. To know that Jesus is with us lightenR

our burdens, dries up our tears, and strengthens our hearts. And

even when faith is at a low ebb, and we fail to touch or to see Him,

it is yet left us to remember that He has promised-" I will never

leave thee, nor forsake thee." vVe dare not think He has broken

His holy Word, or forgotten His Covenant pledge. It is an interesting

fact, and significant of the Divine mindfulness, that various

cases are recorded in Scripture in which the Lord appeared" by

night" to His needy saints. Thus, the very night that Jacob

left his earthly father's house he saw in his dream a "ladder,"

which opened up direct communication with his Father's house

above, and, as one has said, "the loneliness of that solitary night

was more than cheered by the words God spake to Him; for' the

Lord stood above and said, Behold I am with thee.'" Another

night was passed by the same gracious patriarch-a man full of

fears-in celestial company. .. Jacob was left alone, and there

wrestled a man with him, until the breaking of the day." That

sleepless night was one of the most profitable that Isaac's son

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