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Easter Day.

Easter Day.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
John xi. 25.

" I am the Resurrection and the Life ; he that believeth in
Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever
liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou
this?''
John xi. 25.

" I am the Resurrection and the Life ; he that believeth in
Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever
liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou
this?''

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EASTER DAY.REV. G. ECKPORD GULL B.A.O Lordy from Wliotn all good things do come ;Grant to us Thy humble servants^ that by Thy holyinspiration we may think those things titat be goodyand by Thy merciful guiding may perform the same ;through our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.John xi. 25." I am the Resurrection and the Life ; he that believeth inMe, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoeverliveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thouthis?''HOW differently these words must have soundedin the ear of mourning Martha from the waythey sound to us to-day ! She had left her sorrow-ful home to go and meet the Master. She hadsent for Him some days before, when there hadbeen hope that He might save her brother's life,and now He was come at last, but all too late !The solemn words of our blessed Lord must, inspite of their mighty meaning, have sounded sadlyin that sister's ears. In her sorrow she woulddimly feel the great truth wrapt up in them ; buteven if her mind had been more free to dwell onwhat the Saviour meant, His words would have setbefore her a new truth, and one so strangely con-nected with the Speaker, that it must, in any case,have been hard to realize it.But how different it is with us to-day! Thewords come not to one mourner, but to a rejoicing
 
« / AM THE resurrection:' 27congregation ; they are not new to any of us, buthave rung in our ears from childhood, and we seenot Him who spoke them. He does not standbefore us — the Man of Sorrows, dusty with the journey to our village — but we are all glad at heartto know that He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, having burst the bands of death, and ledcaptivity captive. Martha's eyes could only reston Him Whom she vaguely trusted as the Messiah,not knowing how far His power might extend. Welook by faith on that same Lord after He hasproved the truth of His words.Martha, even when her brother had been raised,had not such strong evidence of the truth of thesewords of Christ as we have who to-day form only avery small part of the Church on earth which ispraising its Risen Lord. Brethren, is it not moreconvincing to us to know that many millions areto-day worshipping Him who once stood beforeMartha, than if with her we had followed Him tothe grave, and heard the mighty words, " Lazarus,come forth.?" May we not hear a voice fromheaven saying to us with even greater meaningthan it had on earth : " I am the Resurrection andthe Life : he that believeth in Me, though he weredead, yet shall he live ; and whosoever liveth andbelieveth in Me shall never die V* May we not hearthe still small voice of His Holy Spirit, saying toeach of our hearts, "Believest thou this?" Thereis not one here who has not some kind of belief inin these words ; there can scarcely be any one will-ing to deny what they state ; but there are manydegrees of faith in them, and it is probable that noone here knows more than half their blessed mean-ing. We propose, therefore, to try to see what wedo mean and what we ought to mean when we saywe believe that our blessed Lord Jesus Christ is the
 
28 EASTER DAY.Resurrection and the Life. Perhaps when we saywe believe our Lord is the Resurrection, the mostdistinct thought we have is something like this.We know that our Redeemer rose from the dead,and so became the firstfruits of them that sleptWe believe that because He rose, we and all man-kind shall be raised from the grave at the lastday ; and we believe that we shall all then riseas He rose, with a spiritual body which will beincorruptible. When we think of this generalresurrection, we remember that it will be entirelythe result of the work of our Saviour ; thatno one would have been raised from the grave forever, but that all would have perished if He hadnot died, been buried, and raised again by thepower of God. We believe that as He had powerto lay down His life, so He had power to take itagain, and that when He did this. He became thesource of a life after death to all mankind. This iswhat we most distinctly mean when we say webelieve that He is the Resurrection.Once more. What do we mean when we say webelieve our Lord Jesus Christ is the Life? Is it notthis — " Christ being raised from the dead, dieth nomore ; death hath no more dominion over Him ?"Even so : we, also, when we shall have been raisedfrom the dust of the grave, must live for ever.Or, we may look at it in another way. We maydwell on the words our Lord Himself used 'to ex-plain His meaning. We may say, " He is theResurrection ;" he that believeth in Him, though hemay have died, shall yet live, for he shall be raisedagain at the last day.

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