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Christ Our Only Rest.

Christ Our Only Rest.

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BY HENRY EDWARD MANNING, M.A,



ST. MATTHEW xi. 28-30.

" Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me ;
for I am meek and lowly in heart : and ye shall find rest unto
your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
BY HENRY EDWARD MANNING, M.A,



ST. MATTHEW xi. 28-30.

" Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me ;
for I am meek and lowly in heart : and ye shall find rest unto
your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

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CHRIST OUR OLY REST.BY HERY EDWARD MAIG, M.A,ST. MATTHEW xi. 28-30." Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I willgive you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me ;for I am meek and lowly in heart : and ye shall find rest untoyour souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."WITH these gracious promises our blessed Lorddrew to Him the people who were toiling and struggling with the burdens of this saddened and sinfulworld. He saw not only sinners, but many a goodman wearying himself in vain.Among those to whom He spoke, He saw besidesthose that were heavy laden with their own sins,many who were burdened with evil traditions andunmeaning customs ; who were fainting under theyoke which had been laid upon them as a schoolmaster to bring them unto Christ. He promisedthem rest, if they would come, and learn, and takeon them His yoke, i. e. if they would obey andfollow Him, if they would believe and be like Him.Many there were, as Andrew and Levi, who gave106CHRIST OUR OLY REST. [SERM.up their former ways., and all that they had, andmade the trial, and found the promise true. Theyfound rest in forgiveness and a quiet mind, in aheart chastened into a holy calm, and in the hopeof their Master s kingdom. ow what He promisedthem when He was seen of men on earth, He
 
has both promised and fulfilled ever since fromheaven. He has ever been in the world by Hisunseen Spirit pleading, drawing, persuading mento take His easy yoke. This He has done by HisChurch in the world. Among all nations He hasgone, offering rest to every weary soul. Who cantell what has ever been the ineffable yearning of the heathen world ; what tumultuous cries of spiritual sorrow have been heard in the ears of God ?There has ever been the voice of conscience, and thesting of guilt, and the fears of defenceless purity,and the remorse of conscious sin. Without a doubt,among the myriads of eternal beings who throngedthe face of the earth at Christ s coming, there weretens of thousands who felt higher and purer aspirations, who sighed and strove for light and truth inthe dark and stifling bondage of heathenism. Andto these, in due season, Christ in His Church wentpreaching, as " to spirits in prison," bringing thebalm of meekness, and the peace of a lowly heart.When they heard Him, they were drawn to Himby an irresistible persuasion. They had found whatVIII.] CHRIST OUR OLY REST. 10?they darkly longed for and all the wants andmiseries of their being clung to His healing touch.They were "refreshed with the multitude of peace."And not only so, but within the Church itself,and to this day, Christ ever calls, in these soft, persuasive words, " Come unto me, all ye that areweary and heavy laden." It is not only amongthe unregenerate spirits of men, but among thosealso who have been born again by His graciousworking, that He finds toiling and burdened hearts.As He stands in the midst of His Church, and beholds our daily life, and all the hurrying to and froof weary and restless spirits, He sees and pities ourblind infirmities : for many are His by baptism,who have never learnt of Him ; many know Himin word, who have never borne His yoke ; manyhave seemed to draw nigh, who have found norest unto their souls.
 
For instance, He sees among us the very samekinds of men as among the Jews sinners "ladenwith sins" men conscious of guilt, hating the sinfor its after-agonies, but yielding to its momentarybait. The throes and torments of Christian men areworse even than the terrors of the heathen or theJew. For Christians know of life and immortality :to them Tophet and Gehenna are no parables, butwell-known and horrible realities. o tongue of man can tell the scourge, and fear, and suffocat-108 CHRIST OUR OLY REST. [S ERM .ing burden of guilt seen in the light of an illuminated conscience. And this is all around us,among baptised men. It is the cause of theirstubbornness in sin, because it is the root of theirdespair.But, besides these, there are men of a worldlyheart, who weary themselves day and night in theround of gain or selfishness, " lading themselveswith thick clay;" early and late full of care withfurrowed brows and withered hearts ; wearing afalse cheerfulness, being sick in their inmost soul.This world fairly frets such a man s heart throughand through ; to him the world is overgrown, andall its cares are swollen to an unnatural greatness.He has no sight of the world unseen, to check andbalance the visible world ; and therefore this worldis all things to him. Hence come foolish choices,and inordinate cravings, and bitter disappointments. I am not speaking of men who are sogreedy of gold as to pass into a proverb ; but of acommon sample of men, whose aim in life is togain no more than an ordinary measure of wealth,or to rise, as they say, to becoming places of dignity and power. If you could read the inner lifeof such men, you would find their minds woundup to an incessant and unrelieved stretch, which isever at the highest pitch. At last it makes themweary of themselves, and they break down in bit-

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