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Christ Revealing the Father.

Christ Revealing the Father.

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BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.

John 14: 6. " No man cometh unto the Father but by me."
BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.

John 14: 6. " No man cometh unto the Father but by me."

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CHRIST REVEALING THE FATHER. BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.John 14: 6. " No man cometh unto the Father but by me." "Lord, show us the Father and it sufficeth us," was the earnest and fervent appeal of one of Christ's dis-ciples immediately after these words were uttered by the Master. Ah ! how often has the cry gone up out of the heart of humanity ! " Show us the Father ! " after whom through all our misery and weakness we reach, whose infinite love alone can satisfy us, show us the Father and it is enough. We want no more. Having found him we have found our All. But have we not seen the Father? Do we not know at least where to find him? "Show us the Father," said Philip : and yet how near the Father was to him. How strangely blind were Philip and his brethren. 1 ' Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip ? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father." How then came Philip to ask the question ? Evidently it was not enough to see Christ with the bodily eye. To see the man Jesus, was not to see the Father, for of the multitudes who did see him in Galilee, how
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few saw the Father! Ah, there was a knowing of Jesus which went beyond seeing Jiim. " If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also, and from hence-forth ye know him and have seen him." But Jesus says more than this to his disciples. Not (324) SERMONS. 325 only is it true that he who hath known Jesus, hath known the Father ; but, moreover, without knowing Jesus, we cannot know the Father. "No man cometh unto the Father but by me." No man findeth the Father save in the Son. Had Christ never come into the world, the race would have lost its Father, we should have been orphans for evermore. This seems to you, perhaps, difficult of belief, at least of comprehension. It may seem to you, perhaps, that it is only a more forcible and emphatic way of say-ing that Christ has made it much easier to find the
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Father, that in Christ much more of the Father is visible than elsewhere. It may seem to you that there is much outside of Christianity which tells us of the Father, much which points to him in nature ; much which reminds of him in Providence ; much which bears witness to him in the heart. But let me ask you to think how much these evi-dences owe to the witness of Christ. You forget that Nature, Providence, Experience, the world without you, and the world within you, all stand revealed in the light which shines from the sun of righteousness. Christianity fills the air. You see through it; you hear through it ; you feel through it. Infidelity itself has something of this unconscious Christianity in it. It is of a higher order than it would be otherwise. That which, but for the coming of Christ, would have been shadowy, confused, discordant, has through him become clear, intelligible, and harmonious. He inter-prets to you the mysterious hieroglyphics of nature, the dark enigmas of Providence, the vague yearnings of your own heart.
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