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The Angel's Song.

The Angel's Song.

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REV. R. CECIL


Luke ii. 13, 14.

And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host,
praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth
Peace, good will toward men.
REV. R. CECIL


Luke ii. 13, 14.

And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host,
praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth
Peace, good will toward men.

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THE AGEL'S SOG.REV. R. CECILLuke ii. 13, 14.And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host,praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the Highest, and on earthPeace, good will toward men.It is a lamentable consideration how little man isdisposed to consider those special and importanttruths, which God has revealed to him for his benefit.In respect to the passage before us, for instance, aphilosopher reads it : — "ow," says he, " let us in-quire whether this was an impression made on theminds of these shepherds, or whether it was an actualvision presented to them:" and thus he spends histime in empty speculations. A painter reads the pas-sage : " I could very much wish," says he, " that Ihad been there, to have caught an idea from thatscene." A musician reads it: — "I should exceed-ingly like,"' says he, " to have heard this harmony,and to have examined how far it agreed with our pre-sent rules :" but since this is impossible, he sits down,turns it into music, and puts it into a Bong; not con-sidering what important lessons it contains. A cri-tical divine reads it : — '• 'Tins.'' Bays he. ' : is a singu-lar event; and it will lead me to consider the minis-THE AGEL'S SOG. 173try of angels, and whether it has totally ceased in ourday or not."Thus men trifle with the word of God ! A realChistian alone makes a proper use of such a passage.He asks his conscience, "What am I to learn fromthis? What instruction and encouragement does itafford?"I shall treat it only in this way ; I speak, therefore,only to such as have ears to hear to that purpose.
 
1. Let us consider the passage, as it lies before usin the history.2. Let us improve it by some practical remarks.I. Consider the history before us.The Evangelist informs us, that, on the birth of Christ, " There were in the same country shepherds,abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night." Business, you see, is honourable. Moseswas in his employment, when the vision was mani-fested to him in the bush. David was in his employ-ment, when called to a kingdom. Elisha was at theplough, when called to be a prophet. God putshonour on that employment, which is lawful andinnocent.The Evangelist informs us also, that "the angelof the Lord came upon them, and the glory of theLord shone round about them, and they were soreafraid." An angel once cut off one hundred and forty-four thousand men, in one night : no wonder, there-fore, that these shepherds were alarmed at the pres-ence of an angel."And the angel said unto them, Fear not ! for,behold, T bring you good tidings of great joy, whichshall be to all people : for unto you is born this day,in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the15*]74 SERMO XVII.Lord :." — a Saviour — one who can perfectly emanci-pate yon from the snares and power of Satan ; whocan deliver yon from the guilt and dominion of sin,and from the fear and power of death. " To you isborn,'' not to us : as if the angel had said : " We arehonoured with bearing the message, but we have nointerest in the truth : we are not fallen creatures.
 
" To you is born a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."Each word is truth : therefore you may give it un-limited confidence. There is almighty power, for youto rest on ; able, therefore, to bear you up throughtime and eternity. His heart is love : he comes,therefore, to lay down his life for you. And he isChrist the Lord: "God with us:" he, whose "name"is "Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, theEverlasting Father, the Prince of Peace : to you,"therefore, "is born this day a Saviour, which is Christthe Lord."But where is this Saviour to be found 1 ot inkings' courts : not in the schools of science : not inthe seats of merchandise : but "this shall be a signunto you, ye shall find the babe wrapped in swad-dling-clothes, lying in a manger." In a manger] — What dark saying is this ! "Ye shall find the babewrapped in swaddling-clothes, lying in a manger!"And it is as though the angel had said, "Rememberthat tins will prove a stumbling block to the Jew,and foolishness to the ( rreek. 'This is the appointedSaviour, set forth to be "the power of God unto sal-vation to every one that believeth."Moreover, thai such an one should come lyi-ng ina manger — God as well aa man— this should raimthe hope of man. That G'od will come as a worm,become acquainted with man. that he might enterTHE AGEL'S SOG. 175into his sorrows — this should raise the hope of man." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitudeof the heavenly host :" for, "are they not all minis-tering spirits, sent forth to minister unto them whoshall be heirs of salvation V When the foundationsof the earth were laid, ' : the morning-stars sang to-gether, and all the sons of God shouted for joy :" andwhen the earth was redeemed, it was to be expectedthat, a multitude of angels would attend this graciouswork ; a multitude of angels did attend, and theysung the song most appropriate to the occasion,"Glory to God in the highest : and on earth peacegood- will to men.''

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