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Second Sunday After Epiphany.

Second Sunday After Epiphany.

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BY G. F. DE TEISSIER, B.D.


St. John ii. 11.

This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and
manifested forth His glory ; and His disciples believed on
Him.
BY G. F. DE TEISSIER, B.D.


St. John ii. 11.

This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and
manifested forth His glory ; and His disciples believed on
Him.

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SECOD SUDAY AFTER EPIPHAY.BY G. F. DE TEISSIER, B.D.St. John ii. 11.This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, andmanifested forth His glory ; and His disciples believed onHim.The glory of the Incarnate Word had abeady beenset forth in mysteries above the order of nature; anangel had announced to Mary her conception of thatloly thing which was to be called the Son of God.The birth was beyond the birth of men, from the^omb of a pure virgin. An angel told the glad newsof a Saviour's birth to the shepherds, as they kepttheir watch by night, and a company of the heavenlyliost hymned the praise of that bright Morning Staras He rose on earth to be the '' Sun of Righteous-ness with healing on His wings.'' A star led the^Eastern sages to His cottage home; an angel guidedHis infant flight into Egypt; an utterance fromteaven pronounced Him to be the Beloved Son of God; and the Spirit of His Father took outward68 SERMO IX.form and rested dovelike on His head. Then followedthe Tempter^s bold assault ; when alone in the desert^after forty days and forty nights of utter fastings theSon of Man met the Old Serpent face to hee; andthey two wrestled together like mighty giants con-tending for the mastery, one in fierce onslaught of spite, and malice, and cunning envy, the other vs^calm self-possession, strong in truth and holiness, til^man in Christ prevailed, and tore the chaplet o*
 
victory from the brow of Satan. All this and muct^more than this was wonderfiil beyond mere earthl^^wonders ; but still it was not so that the Lord Jesu^^in His own person inaugurated His public ministry-.^Before He commenced that He confirmed His mission -by miracles. He shewed His credentials from heaven,for the heavenly work which He was to do on earth.And therefore it is said of His first miracle, that Hethereby manifested forth His glory, and, as a conse-quence of that manifestation. His disciples believed onHim. They had believed enough to become Hisdisciples; they believed more, to see that He wasmore than they at first believed.He manifested forth His glory. Moses commencedthe exercise of His call, as the Jewish lawgiver, byperforming miracles. But Moses is never said tohave manifested forth his glory. There is a vastdifference in this respect between Christ and Moses — the Son and the servant. God manifested His glory3EBM0 IX. 59through Moses^ Christ manifested His own glofjr 9bthe Word Incarnate, by miracles.Some there are who deny miracles altogether, asimplying an imperfection in God^s original dispensa-tions, or as being easily brought under some law of nature, not hitherto noticed as such, or as unworthyof the acceptance of reasonable beings like men. Allwhich objections, as others like them, I conceive tobe utterly groundless, and will only say that if weg^rant a revelation at all, a revelation without amiracle would be wonderful beyond all miracles ; forby no conceivable way, as far as man's experiencestretches, could it commend itself to the free judg-ment of mankind.
 
The Lord Jesus, the maker of men, and knowing^what is in man, when He set forth on His solemnGospel-work, manifested Himself as the appointedTeacher, come from God, by miracles. And the first^which He performed was that of turning water intowine at the marriage-feast of some humble friend orearthly relative at Cana in Galilee. It may here beremarked that this miracle is not capable of beingresolved into some natural, though uncommon, phe-nomenon. o animal magnetism, no mere mesmericpower, can here avail the sceptic. He must accept it,or deny it, and with it deny the Gospel. This is oneof those works which none other man has ever donebefore or since. Call it what you will, and think of 60 SERMO IX.it how you like, it still remains on record thatthereinthe Lord Jesus manifested forth His glory, and EUdisciples believed on Him.His glory y what was that? o earthly gloiy,.O my brethren ; no mere human powers, but thatheavenly glory of the Only-begotten of the Father,which had been veiled in the flesh of man; thatheavenly glory which had shone in the pillar of *cloud upon the wandering Israelites; that heavenljglory which had dwelt in the secret tabernacle of th*Most High, and in the holiest of holy places whiJ^the temple of Solomon stood; that heavenly glor^which is incommunicable to man, which is God's alone ^that glory which Christ had with the Father befor^the world was; that glory which did, as St. JohD^tells us, pitch its tent in human nature, hiding the ^full splendours of its brightness, that mortal menmight gaze upon its softened light and wonder andworship, when its beams broke now and then from

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