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Personal Sympathy

Personal Sympathy

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
GEORGE HOWARD WILKINSON, D.D.



" / am the Good Shepherd, and fyiow My sheep, and am
of Mine. As the Father knoweth Me, even so fyto W I
the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep
S. JOHN x. 14, 15.

Or, as it should be translated :

" / am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am
known of Mine ; eben as the Father knoweth Me, and as I
know the Father : and I lay down My life for the sheep"
GEORGE HOWARD WILKINSON, D.D.



" / am the Good Shepherd, and fyiow My sheep, and am
of Mine. As the Father knoweth Me, even so fyto W I
the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep
S. JOHN x. 14, 15.

Or, as it should be translated :

" / am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am
known of Mine ; eben as the Father knoweth Me, and as I
know the Father : and I lay down My life for the sheep"

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PERSONAL SYMPATHY
GEORGE HOWARD WILKINSON, D.D." / am the Good Shepherd, and fyiow My sheep, and amof Mine. As the Father knoweth Me, even so fyto W Ithe Father: and I lay down My life for the sheepS. JOHN x. 14, 15.Or, as it should be translated :" / am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and amknown of Mine ; eben as the Father knoweth Me, and as Iknow the Father : and I lay down My life for the sheep"LAST time, if you remember, my brethren, we considered a special illustration of this passage asafforded to us by the education of the Apostle S. Peter.To-day, I prefer rather to consider with you the generalprinciple which it involves." I am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, andam known of Mine in the same way, with the sameintimate, personal, individual knowledge. I know Mysheep, and am known of Mine, even as the FATHERknoweth Me and as I know the FATHER : and I laydown My life for the sheep."i. In the first place, let me remind you briefly of thepeculiarities of a shepherd s life in those Eastern lands.We have all, at different times, I suppose, pictured toourselves the long stretches of land unbroken by a singlehedge, the wild beasts ever watching to devour, and themountain torrents suddenly arising to sweep away thedefenceless sheep. The shepherd, if he be a true man,PERSONAL STMPATHT 151must give himself up entirely to the care of his flock.David, the shepherd-king, Jacob, the herdman of Laban,by the record of their experience, enable us in somedegree to realize the picture which would be present tothe minds of the disciples when the words of our LORDwere spoken. We see the good shepherd, unwaveringby day and by night, never failing, never disheartened ;we watch him under the summer sun, and beneath thebiting winter frost ; speeding on against the drivingsnow and the pitiless showers ; listening unmoved to theroar of the thunder, and undismayed by the lightning-flash ; climbing up some almost perpendicular crag tosnatch a handful of grass for the poor famishing sheepbeneath. So there grows up between that shepherd andhis flock a personal love, an almost human friendship.The shepherd individualizes his flock. He has a name
 
for each ; he calls each one by its name ; when theshadows of evening are falling around, he gathers themaround the tent door and singles them out one by one.He cannot be satisfied because the ninety and nine arethere, if one has strayed away up the dark mountains.He cannot be satisfied : and why ? simply because he iswhat he is, the good shepherd ; because he knows hissheep and loves them, and would lay down his life forthem.Such, brethren, was the picture that the LORD JESUSCHRIST was drawing for His disciples, and for theChurch in every age, when the words of the Gospel wereuttered. We will not spoil the fragrance of the flowerby plucking it to pieces, so as to analyse the species towhich it belongs. Rather will we gaze upon it thismorning, trying to draw in some of the heavenly lightand life and beauty that the HOLY SPIRIT has providedfor us in this wondrous Gospel." I am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, as152 THE MESSAGE OF PAI^DONthe FATHER knoweth Me, and as I know the FATHER."Try to lay hold of the thought for a single momentbefore we pass on to the second division of the subjecttry to lay hold, if you can, by the power of the HOLYGHOST, of the deep import of these words. Have youever in a quiet hour of meditation imagined what thelove of GOD the FATHER must be for the SON in WhomHe is well pleased ? Have you ever tried to think whatis the response of that perfect humanity and perfectGodhead of the Incarnate LORD to the love of theEternal FATHER ? With reverence, let us dwell uponthat companionship, that intimate friendship, thatpersonal love, that eternal affection which exists betweenGOD the FATHER and GOD the SON. Then remember,that in plainest words, in language that a child canunderstand, He Who is the Truth has told us in wordsof truth that, such as the love of the FATHER is for theSON, such as is the love of the SON for the FATHER, such(and nothing less) is the love that the LORD JESUSCHRIST feels for you and for me. Such is the personalfriendship, the intimate companionship, the undyingaffection which shall one day (thank GOD) be kindled inour hearts when we stand around the crystal sea, lookingup into the face of Him Whom to know is to love. " Iknow My sheep, and am known of them, even as theFATHER knoweth Me, and as I know the FATHER."2. Secondly, let us pass on and endeavour, if we can,to appropriate to some extent what is involved in thisstatement of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.It is almost a commonplace to say that no two per
 
sons are exactly alike. There is every kind of division.There are different classes of minds. In some you findthe emotional element developed, in others the intellectual. Those who have trained their minds are oftenpowerless to enter into the deeper feelings of those toPERSONAL SYMPATHY 153whom GOD has given an emotional nature. Those wholive mainly by feeling, find it hard to enter into theperplexities of, and to make allowances for, the strongminds that refuse to say, " 1 believe," till they havegrasped something by which their mind as well as theirheart can be satisfied. Again, there are some, who, eitherthrough temperament or through GOD S providentialdealing, manifested in the circumstances of their life, arecalled to action ; while on others is laid not less clearlythe burden of suffering. It is very difficult for eitherclass to enter into the peculiar difficulties of the other.The young find it very hard to make allowances for theold. It is the ever-recurring difficulty of parents therock on which many a child s life is hopelessly wreckedthe difficulty of remembering (as we say) that theywere once young themselves. Further illustration is notneeded for so obvious a truth.What, then, our LORD JESUS CHRIST wishes to say tous in these words is this : that He is not a dead CHRIST,crucified once on Calvary, and so passing out of existence ; but One Who rose again from the dead, accordingto the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and is alivenow ; alive as the Good Shepherd ; alive, knowing eachone of His sheep with an intimate personal knowledge,with an individualizing love that He compares to theaffection and the knowledge that exists between Himself and His FATHER.In other words, our LORD JESUS CHRIST is ever standing in our midst ; you may hear His voice speaking toyou whenever you draw near to the holy table, sayingin tenderest accents, " Come to Me, all ye who have towork, the workers, ye to whom the active side of lifehas been allotted. Come to Me, ye suffering ones, whoare weary and heavy laden. I live with resurrection life,with fresh springs of action, and powers of endurance.154 THE MESSAGE OF PARDONCome to Me, one by one. Let Me single you out ; inyour own room, in the busy concourse of men ; aboveall, when I give you one by one the bread and the wineas the outward and visible sign of My inward and spiritual blessing."

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