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Christ's Interview With Mary at the Tomb

Christ's Interview With Mary at the Tomb

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John xx. 11 — 17.

John xx. 11 — 17.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 20, 2013
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CHRIST'S ITERVIEW WITH MARY AT THE TOMBBY HERY KOLLOCK, D. D,John xx. 11 — 17.How interesting, as a writer, as well as a man, isthe disciple whom Jesus loved ! In reading his wri-tings, we must be taught, by the powerful impulse of feeling, that there never was a heart of greater ten-derness and sensibility, more deeply penetrated withthat charity, that love to God and man, which formsthe soul of the religion which the Saviour announced,and of which John was so worthy a preacher. Allhis gospel breathes his spirit. It appears to havebeen written only to inspire it. His favourite princi-ples are those which tend to establish it. To showthe excellence and the necessity of it, he employs themost forcible reasonings, the most eloquent figures, themost impressive images, the most striking examples.Those facts which have been slightly mentioned by114 SERMO LXIII.the other Evangelists, are fully developed by him inall their circumstances, when they are calculated toshow us the nature of Christian love, to offer Us amodel of it, or to inspire us with a taste for it.We see an illustration of these observations in thatportion of history which has been read to you.Mark merely tells us, that Mary Magdalene was thefirst to whom our Saviour appeared after his resur-rection. But the tenderness of this interview ; theprofound, persevering, and sublime emotions of lovewhich Mary displayed towards the Redeemer; emo-tions which survived the destruction even of her
hopes, and which led her to the tomb of her Master,to pay to him the last duties of affection, and to en- joy there the sad consolation of weeping for her loss ;and the gracious conduct and language of the Re-deemer; all these circumstances were so accordantwith the feelings of John, that he could not avoidgiving in detail this history, so interesting to be-lievers.Let us briefly review it, and deduce from it somepractical lessons.You recollect, by brethren, that Mary Magdalene,(who must be distinguished from Mary the sister of Lazarus, and from that woman who was a sinner,mentioned by Luke, and with whom she has some-times been improperly confounded,) you recollectthat she came early in the morning, with other piouswomen, to embalm the body of Jesus. Perceivingthe stone rolled away, and the sepulchre open, shesupposed that his body had been taken from thetomb. Under this impression, she went to informPeter and John, who hastened to the sepulchre, and,entering into it, found only the cloths which had co-vered the body of the Redeemer. Supposing herLIFE OF CHRIST. 415apprehensions true, they returned home. But Ma-ry, agitated and unquiet, full of doubts and perplexi-ties, "stood without at the sepulchre, weeping;"still reluctant to quit a place where she had seenthe body of Jesus deposited, hoping, perhaps, thatsome one would bring her tidings of her beloved Sa-viour, and pouring her tears over the tomb of himwhom she believes to be a second time in the handsof his enemies. It is thus that Reuben, not findingJoseph in the pit into which his brethren had cast
him, rends his garments, supposing him to be de-stroyed; or rather it is thus that Jacob, seeing thebloody robe of Joseph, and not doubting that a wildbeast has devoured him, sheds tears of anguish, anddeclares that he will go down with sorrow to thegrave. But Joseph is alive; he shall dry the tearsof his father, and be the benefactor and preserver of his brethren. Jesus is alive, and shall pour conso-lation into the wounded soul of Mary.Still continuing to weep, and unwilling entirely toabandon her hopes, she stoops down, and looks wish-fully into the sepulchre. Perhaps she heard somesound proceeding from it, some words there spokenby the blessed messengers of heaven; perhaps shehoped that she had been deceived in her former ex-amination, and that new researches might be morefavourable. She beholds there two angels clothedin white, the emblem of purity and innocence. Whenthey first appeared to roll away the stone from thesepulchre, " their countenance was like lightning,"and filled with terror and apprehension the guardsthat surrounded the tomb. Though " their gar-ments" still " are white as snow," yet their aspect ismild and gracious, and their address full of tender-ness.416 SERMOx\ LXIII.They are seated, " the one at the head, and theother at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain."Thus they appeared like the two cherubim in theholy of holies, at the extremities of the ark, and overthe propitiation or mercy- seat, and teach us that theLord, by his death, is the true propitiation for thesins of the world. Ministers of the God of peace inthe resurrection of Jesus, they do not immediatelyleave his sepulchre, but remain there, till their pre-

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