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How Our Lord Comes to Us.

How Our Lord Comes to Us.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. J. M. NEALE, D.D.,



"And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord
should come to me ?" — s. luke i. 43.
REV. J. M. NEALE, D.D.,



"And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord
should come to me ?" — s. luke i. 43.

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HOW OUR LORD COMES TO US.REV. J. M. EALE, D.D.,"And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lordshould come to me ?" — s. luke i. 43.This day — the Visitation of S. Mary — we here inEngland look upon as in the very height and best partof summer : while the days are at the longest, whilethe woods and hedges are at the greenest, while thehay is in the fields, before the great heats have parchedthe earth or withered the leaves. It is a pleasantsummer feast, both the time and the thing we arecalled to remember. And it is a fit day to be, as it is,the birthday of that divine Hymn, "My soul dothmagnify the Lord." To-day it was that S. Maryuttered it : the first Christian hymn that ever wasmade, the first of a whole multitude of glorious songsthat the Saints of the Church have written; Kings,Bishops, Priests, Martyrs, Confessors, who are nowsinging the song of Moses and of the Lamb. They allsay in different words the same thing which S. Marynow said : — " My soul doth magnify the Lord, and myspirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." And noticeSerm. VIII.] How our Lord comes to us. 41this : as Miriam — which is the same name as Mary — was the first to sing a Hymn in the Old Testament,when the children of Israel had escaped from Pharaoh :" Sing ye to the Lord, for He hath triumphed glori-ously : the horse and his rider hath He thrown intothe sea \" so now, the Blessed Virgin was the first inthe ew Testament to praise God with a Hymn fordelivering us from him of whom Pharaoh was a type — 
 
the devil.But it was not really in summer that this happened :it was towards the beginning of April. April there isnot as it is with us, the month of cold winds and manyshowers. The vines and the figs are just in full leaf;" the winter is past ; the rain is over and gone ; thevoice of the turtle is heard in the land ;" and the firefliesglitter backwards and forwards over the hedges and inthe damp grass. I wonder whether S. Mary, in pass-ing along the beautiful valleys of Judah, would call tomind the Song of the Three Children, — a O ye nightsand days, bless ye the Lord ; O ye mountains and hills,bless ye the Lord ; O let the earth bless the Lord !" — or whether rather she were so taken up by thewonderful message which she had received but a fewdays before, that she had no eyes, nor ears, nor thoughtsfor anything but this: — "The Holy Ghost shall comeupon thee, and the power of the Highest shall over-shadow thee."Our dear Lord was to travel many weary miles forour sake after His birth j as an Infant when He wascarried into Egypt ; as a Child, when He went up toJerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover; as aMan, when He went about doing good, and healing allthat were vexed of devils. And twice before His Birth42 How our Lord comes to us. [Serm.He journeyed ; first to-day, when His Blessed Motherwent to see her cousin, S. Elizabeth; and afterwards,at the end of the same year, when there went out adecree from Caesar Augustus that all the world shouldbe taxed, and Joseph and Mary went up to Bethlehem,because they were of the house and lineage of David.To-day's travel was His first journey of all — a journeyof gladness. His last journey was to the top of the
 
Mount of Olives, where His Blessed feet stood uponthis earth for the last time before He shall come to judge the quick and the dead; and that also was a journey of gladness. But between those two, what aworld of suffering and bitterness did He go through inHis journeys for us men and for our salvation, till He journeyed up Mount Calvary with the wood of theCross, and there said, " It is finished \"And now think for a moment of S. Mary, as shewent on. That she was chosen to be the Mother of God ; that she was containing Him Whom heaven andthe heaven of heavens cannot hold ; that she was bear-ing Him, Who even then might have said, " The earthis weak and all the inhabiters thereof; I bear up thepillars of it ;" that she was nourishing Him Whose areall the beasts of the forest, and so are the cattle upona thousand hills. As yet it had not been prophesied toher, "Yea, a sword shall pierce through thine ownsoul also." As yet she little knew by what agoniesthis great work would be brought to pass ; she couldnot tell what she herself would suffer in the Passion of her Son (for holy men have not feared to call her thegreatest of all the Martyrs.) It must have been all oneglorious prospect to her : the Seed of the woman shouldbruise the serpent's head. She knew that from herVIII.] How our Lord comes to us. 43should come the Son Who should destroy the devil;should ransom from the power of the grave ; shouldopen the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Sheknew that now the prophecy was on the point of beingfulfilled : — " Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear aSon, and they shall call His name Immanuel, Godwith us. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Sonis given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder,and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,

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