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The Risen Christ in Galilee.

The Risen Christ in Galilee.

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And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold,
he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you,
S. MATTHEW xxviii. 7.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold,
he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you,
S. MATTHEW xxviii. 7.

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The Risen Christ in Galilee.UPPER CAADA TRACT SOCIETYAnd go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold,he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you,S. MATTHEW xxviii. 7.I these hurried and eager sentences we detect the spirit thatcame into the world through the Resurrection of Christ. otanother hour nor moment must pass before the disciples and theworld know that the Lord is risen. * Come, see the place where Helay ; go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead ;and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee ; there shall ye see Him :lo, I have told you. This tone of triumphant satisfaction over thefulfilment of Christ s words, and of more than satisfaction that Hisdeath has given way to life, mingled so artlessly in these simplewords, shows that there is no art in them, but only truth. o onecan read them without feeling that they were intended to convey thetruth. They irresistibly suggest facts ; they wear, and can be madeto wear, no other cast than that of reality.The chief and essential feature of Christ s life is that it is a seriesof human facts from an actual birth to an actual ascension. Solong as He is within the vision of the world, every act and processand stage have this feature of actuality. The reason is evident.The spiritual and eternal life of man stands first on the broad baseof this world. Here we first find ourselves ; here we take our start ;here and out of the elements of the world we build the foundationson which we for ever stand, for human life goes before, and lies atthe bottom of any other life we may reach. And the morethoroughly and fully life is lived out in this world, the better is theground for any other life. The very essence and meaning of Christ slife lie in the entireness in which He made His life to consist in realprocesses and facts. It was a human life that He lived, and notsome other kind of life. He was God in actual human life. HenceHe was born ; hence He lived, and died, and when He rose He60OUTLIES O VARIOUS PASSAGESsimply added another fact to His life of the same real character.There is a great deal in the history that conveys this sense of reality
not put there for the purpose, but found because it is there.When we read the phrase, * Behold, He goeth before you into Galilee,the question rises, Why did Christ make an appointment with Hisdisciples in Galilee ? Why did He make that distant place the sceneof the main evidence of His Resurrection ? Why not here in Jerusalem ? Whether they were consciously aimed at or not, certain resultswere secured that could not have been gained had His appearancebeen confined to Jerusalem.I. His Resurrection was thus separated from all those superstitionsknown as ghosts or apparitions.Christ rises out of the tomb, discloses Himself to the eyes of lovingsympathy, sends a message to His disciples, and goes before them onthe long journey to Galilee. It is easy to see how the disciples werethus led to think of the Resurrection, and of other events in Christ slife that were miraculous, as separate from and unlike the superstitions and psychological wonders Avith which the world was filled.The latter were contrary to nature ; they had little to do with morals,and were the offspring of mystery and credulity, and of blind gropingafter the unknown ; they were aside from human life, and out of itstrue line. But the miraculous element in Christ is in the true lineof human life ; it is the natural fulfilment of life, and it is also afulfilment of morals. Hence, a full belief in Christ has always actedagainst superstition. Superstition has been nearly driven out of theworld by the Christian faith, while at the same time it has maintainedbelief in its own great supernatural facts. The reason it has beenable to do this is, that these facts have been kept apart from thesuperstitions of the world ; or, in other words, because a true distinction has been observed.II. This appointment in Galilee was a testing lesson in faith. Webelieve on evidence, but in difficult things we want the greatestpossible amount of evidence. Faith is awakened in us, but faithneeds to be trained and confirmed by some hard act of faith. Thedisciples heard of the Resurrection, but heard it as an idle tale. ThenHe appeared to them, and they were affrighted, supposing they hadseen a spirit. They behold His hands and feet ; they handle Him,and find that He has flesh and bones, and is not a ghostly apparition.But there may yet be room for doubt ; it may be an illusion or contagion of credulity that has crept into their wearied and excitedminds. And so they are led away from the scene of the event toGalilee, a three days journey. Thus a twofold end is gained : freshconfirmation, and a stern, testing lesson in faith.We may be very sure that the disciples, when they beheld their
61EASTER DAYLord in the mountain He had appointed, found themselves possessedof an experience that became as solid rock beneath them for all theirlives. They worshipped Him with humble and glad adoration, somedoubting for the moment in their startled surprise, for in this commonworld great events require adjustment in our common-thinkingminds.III. We find another explanation of this meeting in Galilee in thefact that Christ saw fit to give them their great commission on thescene of their common labours. For it was in Galilee that they hadbeen called and set to their work. It was in Galilee that the greatsermon had been spoken which lay at the bottom of the Gospel ; andhere His mighty works were chiefly done. His presence in Jerusalemwas incidental to His life, and not the main field of it. or didJerusalem so well represent the world that was to be discipled as thenorthern province. The centre of Pharisaic bigotry and hatred, itmight be a starting-point for the Gospel work, but it ill representedthe poor and needy world for which the Gospel was primarilyintended. If there be a class that is not included in the work of theGospel, it is the Pharisaic class. The bigot and the hypocrite areseldom converted. The disciples began in Jerusalem, as they werecommanded, but only to be scattered like chaff before the wind inregions where there was a better field.We cannot resist the thought that a mountain was selected byChrist for announcing the great commission, because it aided Him inenforcing it. There was no place so fit for giving His great, finalcommission. Apart from the world, and yet the world stretched outbefore them ; above the world, and yet upon it ; commanding thevillages at the foot, and yet stretching their gaze into dim andunmeasured distance ; by actual sight beholding men and women inthe fields to be discipled, and by imagination beholding all the nationsof the earth thus the disciples stood while He said : All authorityhas been given unto Me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore,and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the nameof the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost ; teaching themto observe all things whatsoever I commanded you : and lo, I am withyou alway, even unto the end of the world. 1 The place and the scenereinforced the words ; the voice of nature was added to the voice of their Master. It imprinted His words upon their imaginations, andthey could not but have felt the subtle sympathy and likeness between

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