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much of blame against those who are anxious for the honour of Christ; much of the impracticability of the schemes they devise, and the plans in which they are engaged. Do these accusations, however, spring from those, who, like Mary Magdalene, with souls filled by a sense of the preciousness of the Saviour's atonement, and the perfection of his righteousness, are zealous for his glory, and would gladly extend the knowledge of his salvation ? Do they not rather come from those, to whom it is not Christ to live; from those, whose zeal is lukewarm, because their love is cold ; who will spend time, and skill, and ease, and wealth, in the furtherance of some worldly project, because their hearts are subdued and enslaved by the world, and dwell in it as their proper rest and home?
If love were more warmly, and more brightly burning in our hearts, we should attempt more in his cause, who is the glorious object of his redeemed people's regard and affection:
and we should effect more, in the might of his grace, for the promotion of that glory in our own hearts, in the hearts of those whom we love, in the Church of the living God, and in the world, whence many might be brought into the fold of salvation, by the Spirit leading them to the Saviour.
The second address of the Lord Jesus, and the answer of Mary, remain to be considered : but I must not detain you, my brethren, who mean to draw around the table of the Lord, from the refreshment of that hallowed and delightful ordinance. Come, then, dear friends, to commemorate his love, at his table. Come, expecting that He will make Himself known to you, who seek Him there: and, that, as you feel a joy in communion with Him, which He alone, by the Spirit can bestow, you may own the Almighty Author of all your happiness, and the perfect end of all your hopes, in the discovery, and say in the gratitude of your soul's love, “ It is the Lord.”
WHEN SHE HAD THUS SAID, SHE TURNED HERSELF BACK, AND SAW JESUS STANDING, AND KNEW NOT THAT IT WAS JESUS. JESUS SAITH UNTO HER, WOMAN, WHY WEEPEST THOU? WHOM SEEKEST THOU? SHE, SUPPOS. ING HIM TO BE THE GARDENER, SAITH UNTO HIM, SIR, IF THOU HAVE BORNE HIM HENCE, TELL ME WHERE THOU HAST LAID HIM, AND I WILL TAKE HIM AWAY. JESUS SAITH UNTO HER, MARY ! SHE TURNED HERSELF, AND SAITH UNTO HIM, RABBONI; WHICH IS TO SAY, MASTER! JESUS SAITH UNTO HER, TOUCH ME NOT; FOR I AM NOT YET ASCENDED TO MY FATHER: BUT GO TO MY BRETHREN, AND SAY UNTO THEM, I ASCEND UNTO MY FATHER AND YOUR FATHER, TO MY GOD AND YOUR GOD.
In that natural and touching Old Testament record, which has received attestations THE SAVIOUR'S INTERVIEW, &c. 245
of its truth and beauty, in the tears of childhood, and the admiration of age, among all ranks and classes of Bible readers, we find Joseph making himself strange to his brethren, until a conviction of their sin against him should be fastened upon their minds, and their hearts should be prepared to return the love which he had never ceased to bear them. When that moment came, he delayed the discovery no longer ; but said unto them, “I am Joseph. Come near, I pray you ;
I am Joseph, your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.” Even thus did the Lord Jesus Christ, that brother, born as an unfailing refuge for the adversity of lost men, in their destitution and misery, conceal Himself for a little while, from the affectionate solicitude of Mary at the sepulchre. He made Himself at first strange to her. He saw her tears, and heard her importunities. He witnessed the eagerness of her love, and the depth of her sorrow for his loss : and then the unsearchable riches of his goodness to her were no longer to be concealed. He turned and said unto her,
Mary!” Having already considered the previous part of the interview, between the Lord and her of Magdala, I beg your attention to its conclusion ; beseeching God the Holy Ghost, to open all our hearts, that we may hear the voice of Jesus, speaking individually to each of us, and know it to be the voice of a Saviour and a Friend. I would observe then,
IV. THE CONSTANCY WITH MARY PERSISTED IN SEEKING
HER SAVIOUR, UNDER ALL DIFFICULTIES.
Here. tofore the Lord had addressed her, under a form, which she knew not, and with the voice of a stranger, “Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou ?” The former question had been also asked her by angels; and she had answered them, out of the fulness of her love to Christ,—“Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him.” No