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Jesus Bidding His Church Wait and Watch.

Jesus Bidding His Church Wait and Watch.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY FRANCIS TRENCH,



Mark xiii. 34 — 37.

BY FRANCIS TRENCH,



Mark xiii. 34 — 37.

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JESUS BIDDIG HIS CHURCH WAIT AD WATCH.BY FRACIS TRECH,Mark xiii. 34 — 37.For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey^who lefl his house^ and gave authority to his ser-vants^ and to every man his work^ and commandedthe porter to watch. Watch ye therefore : for yeknow not when the master of the house comethy ateven^ or at midnight^ or at the cockcrowing^ or inthe morning : lest coming suddenly he find yousleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all^Watch.J UST at the termination of our Lord's ministry,and only a few days before his crucifixion, Hisdisciples took an opportunity of drawing His at-tention to the outward fabric of the temple atJerusalem, and to its magnificence. This is men-tioned in all the first three Gospels, with the ad-dition of the very language used. One saith untoHim, "Master, see what manner of stones and whatmanner of buildings are here* !" St. Luke writes,& Mark xiii. i .JESUS BIDDIG HIS CHURCH WAIT AD WATCH. 257that " as some spake of the temple, how it wasadorned with goodly stones and gifts, He said,As for these things which ye behold, the dayswill come, in the which there shall not be leftone stone upon another, that shall not be throwndown/' He knew that God's own purpose in thecreation and maintenance of that temple wasnow drawing to a close, and that henceforwardHe Himself was to be One living Temple,unto whom all believing souls should look, andin whom all believing souls should spirituallydwell, and glorify their God for ever. Our Lordthen spake forth that prophecy, which has been
 
already, in a measure, fulfilled by the destruc-tion of Jerusalem and the temple, under the Ro-man army, forty years after He thus uttered itsdoom. But much more than this was in thatprophecy. For it told of things even now goingon, having their falfilment in the current historyof the church, and only to be completed at thereturn or second coming of Jesus our Lord " inthe clouds of heaven with power and great glory."These are the matters contained in the text ; or,rather, to speak more accurately, the subject of itis, first, the position which Jesus now occupiestowards all the true members of his church ; and,secondly, the position which all its true memberseither do occupy in respect to Him, or ought tooccupy. I shall speak separately on these twopoints — and may the Holy Spirit guide us, andgrant us this day His ftdl blessing !First, then, what is the position which Jesus,s258 JESUS BIDDIG HIS CHURCHaccording to our text, holds or occupies now inrespect to His church ?" The Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authorityto his servants, and to every man his work, andcommanded the porter to watch/'Jesus very often sets Himself forth in a similarlight — even in that of a great personage depart-ing for a long time, and leaving those under hisauthority to fulfil their respective duties, in orderto prove how they would act under these circum-stances. In the twentieth of St Luke's GrospelHe speaks this parable : " A certain man planteda vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, andwent into a far country for a long time/' Soagain in the twenty-fifth of Matthew : " The king-dom of heaven is as a man travelling into a farcountry, who called his own servants, and deli-
 
vered unto them his goods. And unto one hegave five talents, to another two, and to anotherone ; to every man according to his several abi-lity; and straightway took his journey." owall these illustrations, together with that of thenobleman going to the distant seat of govern-ment, to be invested with the rule of a province,represent the fact that Jesus our Lord was vi-sibly and personally to depart from this earthand from His church for a long season ; and toreturn again after many days ; and then to judgeevery man according to his works during thetime of His absence from the sight of men. Thispoint is essential to all these separate parables.WAIT AD WATCH. 259But each has its own mark and peculiai-ity, quitedistinct from the rest in the mode and mannerof its teaching. So with regard to the text.While the idea of an absent master, but one towhom all responsibility still remains due, is thesame in each parable, here we have Jesus repre-sented as one who left his house or family, " andgave authority to his servants, and to every manhis work, and commanded the porter to watch/'ow that the church— I do not mean any onevisible body or denomination, but the whole as-sembly of true believers in Christ — that thechurch is Christ's household or family, there canbe no doubt. It is said expressly so to be. Seethe third of Hebrews, fifth verse : '' And Mosesverily was faithftil in all his house'' (i. e. amongthe children of Israel, over whom God made himruler) " as a servant, for a testimony of thosethings which were to be spoken after ; but Christas a son over His own house ; whose house arewe, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoic-ing of the hope firm unto the end." Many otherpassages speak of the children of Christ's family ;but this of our text deals with His church as ser-vants of His household, in which light, as well asthat of children, we all stand before Him ; and tothis view I shall now confine myself 

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