Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
The Substantial Reality of the Risen Lord.

The Substantial Reality of the Risen Lord.

Ratings: (0)|Views: 5 |Likes:
Published by glennpease

Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me, and see, for a
spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have. S. LUKE xxiv. 39.

Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me, and see, for a
spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have. S. LUKE xxiv. 39.

More info:

Published by: glennpease on May 17, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





The Substantial Reality of the Risen Lord.UPPER CAADA TRACT SOCIETYBehold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me, and see, for aspirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have. S. LUKE xxiv. 39.THIS scene is suggestive of so many considerations that thedifficulty is which to choose. There are three which, as itappears to me, claim especial attention just at present.I. And here we see, then, first of all, our Lord s indulgent treatment of mistakes and imperfections in religious beliefs. We mayventure to say that the disciples, seeing our Lord in the midst of them, ought to have recognised Him at once. They knew from longcompanionship with Him that there were no discoverable limits toHis power over life over nature. They knew that He had beentransfigured on the mountain that He had walked upon the sea.They knew that He had formally claimed to be Messiah by assumingthe distinctive title of Messiahship the Son of Man. They knewthat He had shown to them from the Old Testament that theMessiah must suffer and rise again the third day in virtue of aprophetic necessity. They knew that, to remove all doubt, He hadon more occasions than one, and very solemnly, stated that thiswould happen to Himself, so that when they saw Him led away todeath, and expiring in agony, and laid in a tomb, they might haveknown what would what must follow. The earlier part of Hisprediction had been fulfilled to the letter. Did they not knowenough about His power to be certain that what remained wouldbe fulfilled as well ? ow, that our Lord held His disciples to beresponsible for such knowledge as this is plain from the words whichHe used earlier in the afternoon when talking with the two on the87EASTER DAYEmmaus road. * O fools and slow of heart to believe all that theprophets have spoken ! Ought not the Christ to have suffered thesethings and to enter into His glory ? The reproach addressed to thetwo disciples seems to imply that, in their case, the responsibilitymay have been enhanced by the enjoyment of certain opportunitieswhich we cannot accurately measure.
But S. Mark refers to the very scene which we are considering, bysaying that Jesus appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, andupbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, becausethey believed not them that had seen Him after He rose from thedead. And yet, when we look to S. Luke s report of what actuallytook place, what tender censure it is ! There is no expression whichbetrays grief or anger. He meets their excitement with the mildestrebuke, if it be a rebuke.He knew He knows how the tyranny of sense, and of thosemental habits which are formed and which are governed by thesenses, holds down the aspirations of faith and love ; and thereforeHe, the true parent and deliverer of souls, acts as one who knows of what His creatures are made. He remembers that they are but dust.II. Here, too, we see our Lord s sanction of the principle of inquiry, upon occasion, into the very foundations of our religiousbelief. Certainly He said to S. Thomas, a week later, that they wereblessed who had not seen His open wounds, and yet who had believedHis Resurrection. But in S. Thomas s case, as a week earlier in thatof the ten and their friends, He sanctions, nay, He invites, inquiry,observation, reflection. Instead of saying, If you cannot believeafter the testimony of My prophets, after My own assurances, afterthe report of My disciples, that I am risen from My grave, and thatyou see Me before you, then begone : continue in your unbelief. Hedoes say, * Use the means of inquiry which God has given you givenyou now. Examine My pierced hands and feet. See for yourselvesthat I am He who hung upon the Cross. ay, touch Me, if only thusyou can escape from your illusion. Discover for yourselves that abody with flesh and bones is before you, with new and glorious properties, indeed, but with its substantial identity unimpaired. 1The life and death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is not a work of the sanctified imagination of a later age. It is just as much apart of the story of our race as the life, the victories, the assassination of Julius Caesar. Handle it ; handle it searchingly but reverently ; and you will discover this for yourself. You will see thatthere is an intrinsic consistency, that there is a solidity, that there isa power of resistance to critical solvents, about it, which you littlesuspect. But do not suppose that, because it condescends to be thustested by your understanding, as regards its reality, it is therefore88OUTLIES O VARIOUS PASSAGES
within the compass of your understanding as to its scope. It begins,indeed, with that which you can appraise : it ends in that which isbeyond you. While you are finite and bounded in your range of vision, it, being an unveiling of the divine Being, is divine. Yes,Christianity plants its feet firmly on the soil of earth in the life of our Lord. Its hands are seen again and again working in the stirringagencies of later history, but it rears its head upwards to the sky. Itloses itself as a creed in the clouds of heaven. We see the very feet,the very hands, the reality of the one incomparable life ; but we onlysee enough to know assuredly that there is much more which isnecessarily and utterly beyond us, lost, as the Apostle puts it, lostin * the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God.III. And, once more, and lastly, see here the direction which ourLord gives to the thoughts of His perplexed disciples. He does notturn them in upon themselves. He does not take their trouble, soto speak, sympathetically to pieces, and deal with its separate elements. He does not refute, one by one, the false reasonings whichwere working within them. He does not say to them, These disquietudes, these doubts, are mere mental disorders, and the mind cancure for itself a disease which it has produced. On the contrary, Hewould have them get out of themselves out of the thick jungle of doubt and fear and hope and surmise which possesses them, and cometo Him. Whatever they may think and feel, He is there, utterly independent of their doubt, independent, too, of their enthusiasmthere, in His own calm, assured, unassailable life. * Behold My handsand My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirithath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have.Let this, then, be our Easter work : to forget ourselves if we can,to gaze on the wounds, to clasp the feet, of our risen Lord. Watercannot rise above its level, and if the soul of man is to be restoredto God it must be from without, by God Himself. It cannot thisis certain it cannot be from within. Left to itself it lacks the life,the strength, the impetus, which it needs. It finds them in theeternal Christ. It can by faith gaze on Him even now. It can byfaith handle Him and discern that He is man as well as God God aswell as man even now. Let us, then, associate ourselves with thatcompany in the upper chamber. Many of us, it may be, share theirtroubles : why should we be denied their consolations ? To ourweakness, to our fears, to our indolent despair, to our fruitless self-complacency, He says * Soul, behold My hands and My feet, that it isI Myself. Handle Me and discern, for a mere phantom, a spirit, hathnot these flesh and bones hath not this enduring reality which yesee Me have. H. P. LIDDO.

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->