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Evidence of the Resurrection of Christ.

Evidence of the Resurrection of Christ.

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BY LANT CARPENTER


LUKE XXIV. 33, 34.

AND THEY ROSE UP THE SAME HOUR, AND RETURNED TO JERUSALEM,
AND POUND THE ELEVEN GATHERED TOGETHER AND THEM THAT
WERE WITH THEM, SAYING, THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED, AND
HATH APPEARED TO SIMON.
BY LANT CARPENTER


LUKE XXIV. 33, 34.

AND THEY ROSE UP THE SAME HOUR, AND RETURNED TO JERUSALEM,
AND POUND THE ELEVEN GATHERED TOGETHER AND THEM THAT
WERE WITH THEM, SAYING, THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED, AND
HATH APPEARED TO SIMON.

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EVIDECE OF THE RESURRECTIO OF CHRIST.BY LAT CARPETER LUKE XXIV. 33, 34.
AD THEY ROSE UP THE SAME HOUR, AD RETURED TO JERUSALEM,AD POUD THE ELEVE GATHERED TOGETHER AD THEM THATWERE WITH THEM, SAYIG, THE LORD IS RISE IDEED, ADHATH APPEARED TO SIMO.
The fact of the Resurrection of Jesus is the basis of Christianity. " If Christ be not risen," saith theApostle Paul, " then is our preaching vain, and yourfaith is also vain." There cannot be a reasonable doubtthat the Apostles publicly asserted that their masterrose from the dead ; and that they did actually foundtheir religion upon that fact. If that fact reallyoccurred, it aflForded the strongest possible proof of the Divine authority of Jesus; it presents the bestground for believing in his declarations regarding thewill and purposes of God with respect to mankind ;it gives the sanction of God Himself to the words of Christ ; it sets His seal to the charter of man'simmortality. — If, on the other hand, God raised notT274 SERMO XIX.Jesus^ then his Gospel, in all its blessed proviaons forhuman salvation, is a mere delusion. He did not teachand act under direct authority from God. Either he,or his Apostles, or both, were impostors: and thegrand foundation of the Christian's hope and joy isrested on sand. — Blessed be God for the abundantevidence that it rests on the rock of truth, — ^that it isthe power of God unto salvation to every one that
 
believeth.In the circumstances of the case, the witnesses of the resurrection could not be deceived. " He shewedhimself alive after Ms passion by many in&Uibleproofe." — Let us briefly retrace the circumstances.During the week preceding that great morning, whenJesus rose from the tomb to an immortal life, theApostles had passed through a series of impres^onswhich in their turn, must have delighted, astonished,and confounded them, and at last sunk them intodistress and despondency. They had seen their Lordenter into the holy city as a triumphant Sovereign,welcomed by multitudes with joyous acclamations; andthen the object of the bitter envy and malice of thePriests and Rulers, who were plotting against his life-They had heard him, in awfiil prophecy, declaring thefinal destruction of their city and temple, and then hisown approaching death. While engaged with him idthe Paschal rites, they had listened to discourses, theimport of which they might not folly comprehend, butwhich must have diffused a solemn feeling over theirsouls, and increased their veneration and love for himwho uttered them. They had heard his benevolent andTHE RESURRECTIO. 276holy supplications^ before lie went to the scene of his greatest suffering. Some of them had seen himprostrate in agony^ praying to his Father with theearnestness of anguish^ checked in its impulses by theprofoundest submission to the will of God^ and at lastsubsiding into the most dignified and tranquil resig-nation. All beheld him^ in the hour of darkness,dehvered up by the treachery of a fellow-disciple intothe hands of his enemies. AU of them, deserting theirown fidelity, and forgetting their just-uttered protesta-tions of unswerving attachment to him, — ^all of them,
 
with a weakness not difficult to be accounted for, butincapable of complete apology, — forsook him andfled; and one, with bitter oaths and curses, denied,repeatedly denied all knowledge of him. With hismore faithful female disciples, one apostle watched hislast sufferings. All knew that he expired on the cross.All felt their hopes finally blasted. All deemed, whentheir beloved and revered Lord was laid in the sepul-chre, that they had only to mourn for him and forthemselves.With minds full of apprehension, of gloom, of despair,they were incapable of rising above the melancholyoccurrences. They had expected a conquering andever-living Messiah ; and their master's repeated pre-dictions, that he should be rejected and crucified, hadnever excited their expectations of the reality : and itdoes not appear that his plain declarations of the eventthat was to follow, though obscure intimations excitedthe fears of his enemies, ever occurred to his disciples,to impart one ray of hope to their confused and agitatedT 2276 SERMO XIX.minds. They had no idea of his Resurrection, becausethe predictions of his sufferings had left no impressionthat these would be literally accomplished. If a longerperiod had been permitted to intervene between thedeath and the Resurrection of Christy that tranquillitywhich time would have gradually spread over theirspirits, would probably have brought with it suchrecollections, as would have given birth to hopes, andby degrees to expectations, which would have follyprepared their minds for the event, but might havelessened our evidence of its reality. — In fact, however,so completely were their minds overwhelmed with

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