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A RESURRECTION REVEREE

A RESURRECTION REVEREE

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BY DAN CRAWFORD, F.R.G.S.

John xx. 1-19

BY DAN CRAWFORD, F.R.G.S.

John xx. 1-19

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A RESURRECTION REVEREEBY DAN CRAWFORD, F.R.G.S.John xx. 1-19IT is "the first day of the week/ note well; andthe Soul finds in this word FIBST something thatit desires with great desire. Weeks and daysof the week it knoweth not ; yet doth it seize uponthis word " first" as containing worlds of import.For this first has no last, and this beginning noend. Here is a dawn that will never see a sunset; and God s first day of John xx. is preciselyas His first day of Genesis i. One day, one function, was His law of Creation. "Let there beLIGHT" was the lone command of Earth s firstday. "And there was LIGHT" is the long, loneblessedness of Besurrection s Eternal day."Cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it wasyet dark." She was early, yes, but God wasearlier. To the SouPs early there is ever God searlier. In the days of His flesh He was ever rising early and protesting, saying, "Obey Myvoice"; and now He who had risen early to101102 LORD S SUPPER REVERIESpreach, riseth early to save. Note, that this"when it was yet dark" is the Morning-Star hour.When He rose so shall we "while it is yetdark." No forty days will elapse between ourrising and our ascending. To rise will be toascend."And seeth the stone taken away from thesepulchre." In the might of Imperial Rome theworld as a unit, and the power of that world, washeaded up in Caesar. There was no King butCassar, and no power like Caesar s power. When,therefore, Rome struck Christ s death-blow, allthe world s strength backed that blow. And asthe death, so, too, Christ s burial. As surely asthe Empire had killed Him, so surely did it meanto patrol the tomb. King Caesar would awaitKing Corruption and then each would go his respective way. This stone, then, "great stone"though it was, was not merely a woman s difficulty. It was an Imperial fact. "Who shall rollit away?" said they. Yet the real difficulty wasnot a mere stone, however large, but Death s realgates of brass and bars of iron. THEY lockedChrist in, and not mere stone. Rome s iron nails
 
and soldier s spear had bolted the gates of brass;be there big stone at the door, or no stone at all.A RESURRECTION REVERIE 103And so this while-it-was-yet-dark vision of thestone rolled away tells its own tale and anothertale also. The lesser is contained in the greater."The Breaker" is Micah s name for Him, andhere the Lord earns it all. He hath broken thegates of brass in Resurrection and cut the barsof iron in sunder!"Then she runneth . . . So they (Peter andJohn) ran together." How suggestive an inauguration of the Resurrection! The Saints haveincentive; they run. God has outrun them; yetwould they run. And even so it ever was withthe Church. The memory of the empty tomb evervivifies His own. This made Gospelling so gladlyeasy in the years 33-66 A. D. This constituted the"Offence of the Cross"; for there the world spower spent itself; and the Gospel of the openedTomb heaped humiliation on that vaunted power.Where God struck the world its death-blow, soeven there the Church ever does so. Ah, emptytomb, may we run because of thee!"She runneth to Simon Peter and the otherdisciple, and they ran together." Yes, runningindeed, but not to outsiders. That will be, andsoon enough. The Resurrection, first of all,causes Christ s own to "run together"; to run104 LORD S SUPPER REVERIESto each other s hearts for communion and help.See that lovely miniature of what all this being"together" may involve. "As they ran togetherthe other disciple did outrun Peter." How simply put and yet how unerringly. But not he whois first exercises his rights as such. The firstat the tomb is the second to enter it. Hewho is forward in running is backward in entering. And he is that disciple whom Jesus fondlyloved; he, who would rather be second in somethings and first in one thing. This one thing allthe Church owns to be his fond loving. He whofondly loved was fondly loved. He loved Himbecause He first loved us. Peter dared and Johnloved; yet do we read that "they went away totheir own home," dear brethren both of a dearLord.
 
In the running of fellowship there will alwaysbe outstripping. But the kindly dignity of outrunning consists in its resolve not to be firstin everything. It leaves something for somebody else "that all might have a little.""Simon Peter . . . went in; then went in alsothat other disciple; and he saw and believed."It was what they did not see that agreed so divinely with what they saw. This constitutesA RESURRECTION REVERIE 105mg. "We see not yet . . . but we see;"i thus doth God make Faith. "We see Him," said Peter; yet do we see His stately go-~iigs, and seeing we believe. The believing, itmust be most carefully noted, is all put down toJohn s credit. They entered, "but he believed."Peter s thoughts are read for us by Luke whenhe says that having beheld the linen clothes, Peterdeparted, "wondering in himself at that whichwas come to pass." Ah, how solemn! We canhave been first in and last to believe. t The firstshall be last." Love s eye alone can keenly detect. Love is not blind, though a proverb says it.Love only can see rightly. The Gospel, in fact,hurries on to tell us that this believing was notthe belief of faith faith in God s word. Saiththe record: "He saw and believed, for as yetthey knew not the Scripture." This is the belief of love, not the belief of faith. God s hintslead up to God s words. He who refuses thehint will get the word; but blessed is he whotaketh God s hints. Love ever does."But Mary stood without weeping. 7 Ah, nowwe climb the heights ! Not he who runneth, andnot he who entereth, but she who weepeth iscrowned. They are not going to get her reward;106 LORD S SUPPER REVERIESno man may take her crown! She gets Himself she who had been out betimes seeking Him whileit was yet dark. True, she never dreamed of this, nor would we. We wonder why they didnot remember what He had told them. Ah, thatshows up not their unbelief but our own! They,even now, are under the black cloud of Calvary;their souls are shrouded in the horror of greatdarkness. No empty tomb for them will meanthe long aching days of sorrow dragging outahead; the night getting bleaker and darker.

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