Bear in mind that Christ is God s visit to the world.From first to last that visit was love. His appearingwas gentle as a summer s dawn. He was born a babe,wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.Such was the step by which a holy God approachedour world when it rebelled against him. Angels sangthe advent as peace on earth and good-will to men.The key-note struck at his birth was maintainedthroughout his history; and you catch its cadence inhis dying agony, when he prayed, " Father, forgivethem." In the moment of his ascension you recognize still the Lamb of God: " He lifted up his hands,and blessed them."In the last glimpse we get of Jesus, as he leavesthe world, he appears lifting up his hands to bless.He disappears in the act of giving; Mary, on the contrary, disappears from our view in the act of receiving.He, at his departure, as becomes the Saviour of sinners, gives to the needy out of his own fulness; she ather departure, as becomes a sinner saved, is openingher mouth wide, that she may receive from her Redeemer s grace. He lifts up his hands to bless; shebends her knees to pray (Acts i. 14). Even so; forthere is but one Mediator between God and man.3. His departure. He went to heaven as he cameto earth for his people s good. " It is expedient foryou that I go away." We need an advocate with theFather; and we have one, Jesus Christ the righteous.We need an anchor of the soul while we are exposedon the stormy sea; and we have one, for our Forerunner has, on our account, gone before us within the veil.But though lie went out of their sight, he did notgo far from them. He has left the promise, " Lo, I am ,with you alway." Leaning on his arm, they look forhis appearing.