THE RAISIG OF THE WIDOW S SO AT AI.BY THE REV. JAMES DODD3, BELHAVEX.
And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called ain ; and many of hisdisciples went with him, and much people. ow, when he came nigh to the gates of thepity, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was aWidow ; and much people nf the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he hadcompassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier : andtlu-y that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And hethat was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to this mother. Andthere came a fear on all : and the}' glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen among: and, That God had visited his people." — Luke vii. 11-16,
This is one of the most striking and affecting miracles wrought byour Lord in the course of his ministry on earth. Along with the heal-ing of the centurion's servant wrought on the preceding day, it formeda glorious attestation of the doctrine he had recently at great lengthpreached in the audience of the people. Both of the mighty miracles,indeed, related at the commencement of this chapter, present a verygood specimen of that kind of proof which the Son of Man, who spakeas never man spake, invariably attached to his doctrine. Our blessedLord, as is well known, went about not only teaching and preachingwith an authority manifestly divine, but working all manner of signs andwonders ; and thus he exhibited his love to man both by words of purestinstruction and by deeds of divine benevolence. While he enlightenedthe dark soul, he healed and strengthened the weak and afflicted body.At one and the same time he poured forth, as from an exhaustless foun-tain, the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge, and by his almightypower subjected to hh will all the elements of nature, feeding the hungry,healing the sick, and raising the dead. But his doctrines and his mira-cles are not to be considered merely as different modes of shewing hislove to the children of men, different channels of conveyance for theriches of his grace ; they have an important relation to each other, whichit is very necessary to examine and understand. The leading purpose of his miracles was to confirm his doctrines — to prove beyond all reason-able doubt that he was a teacher come from God, and taught indeed thethings of God. " The works that I do,'' he himself says, " bear witness192 FREE CHURCH PULPIT.of me." (John v. 36.) His doctrines, on the other hand, cast a strongand vivid light upon his miracles, and show them to be characteristicof the divine nature, and full of spiritual meaning. The miracles attestthe divinity of the doctrines, and the doctrines are frequently foundtypified or contained in the miracles. Each, taken singly, bears theimpress of a heavenly origin, and might speak to every heart with a