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The True Kindred of Christ.

The True Kindred of Christ.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. JOHN HARRIS, D.D.

To HAVE seen a place or a person of eminence, is a
circumstance on which we are accustomed to reflect
with pleasure, and which we relate to others who have
not enjoyed the gratification, with a feeling of superiori-
ty. Had we seen the Son of God — had we traced the
features of his heavenly countenance — had we listened
to the kind and encouraging tones of his voice — had
we heard him addressing the astonished and delighted
multitude — seen him healing the sick, comforting the
distressed, and raising the dead — had we gazed on his
sacred person after his own resurrection from the dead
— how often should we have been heard reverting to
the fact — reverting to it as the most interesting part of
our history — and perhaps claiming to ourselves a degree
of credit and authority on account of it.
REV. JOHN HARRIS, D.D.

To HAVE seen a place or a person of eminence, is a
circumstance on which we are accustomed to reflect
with pleasure, and which we relate to others who have
not enjoyed the gratification, with a feeling of superiori-
ty. Had we seen the Son of God — had we traced the
features of his heavenly countenance — had we listened
to the kind and encouraging tones of his voice — had
we heard him addressing the astonished and delighted
multitude — seen him healing the sick, comforting the
distressed, and raising the dead — had we gazed on his
sacred person after his own resurrection from the dead
— how often should we have been heard reverting to
the fact — reverting to it as the most interesting part of
our history — and perhaps claiming to ourselves a degree
of credit and authority on account of it.

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THE TRUE KINDRED OF CHRIST. REV. JOHN HARRIS, D.D.To HAVE seen a place or a person of eminence, is a circumstance on which we are accustomed to reflect with pleasure, and which we relate to others who have not enjoyed the gratification, with a feeling of superiori-ty. Had we seen the Son of God — had we traced the features of his heavenly countenance — had we listened to the kind and encouraging tones of his voice — had we heard him addressing the astonished and delighted multitude — seen him healing the sick, comforting the distressed, and raising the dead — had we gazed on his sacred person after his own resurrection from the dead  — how often should we have been heard reverting to the fact — reverting to it as the most interesting part of our history — and perhaps claiming to ourselves a degree of credit and authority on account of it. Thus, when the apostle Peter was exhorting the elders of the Chris-tian church, he claimed to be heard, not only because he himself was an elder, but also because he had been " a witness of the sufferings of Christ." And our Lord himself declares that, in the last day, many will claim admission into heaven, partly because they have eaten and drunk in his presence, and had seen him teach in their streets.
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Had we not only seen him, but had we been also on terms of friendship with him — had he taken us with him when he left the multitude, and explained to us his public discourses, and admitted us to familiar inter-course, and even permitted us to recline on his bosom, how distinguished would have been the honour, and how many would have envied us its possession. But still more — had we been related to Christ ac-cording to the flesh, how much greater the distinction .16 242 THE TRUE KINDRED OF CHRIST ." Still. Many employ their time and their wealth in tracing back their pedigree to the great and mighty of the earth ; they value an exalted ancestry even more than an honourable character ; and if they can but establish a remote and doubtful alliance to it, they make it their boast and their glory. But if it be an honour to be allied to any earthly dignity — to any one to v^hom man has given a title — then who can estimate the dis-tinction of being related to Him who is the great foun-
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tain of all the honour and authority in the universe ? If it be an honour to be related to the wise — in him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge ; every sentence he uttered was a revelation ; and he has given to us the key of the knowledge which opens heaven and leads to eternal life. If it be an honour to be allied to the rich — he is the heir of all things : — or to be related to the conquerors of the earth — he is the conqueror of sin, and deaths and hell. And hence the apostle Paul, when enumerating the peculiar distinc-tions of the Jewish nation, describes it as one, that Christ was born of it : " Whose are the fathers ; and of whom, as concerning the flesh-, Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever." But, on a certain occasion, the Saviour declared that there is an honour greater than that of having seen him  — of having been admitted to occasional intercourse with him — or of even having been related to him by the ties of human consanguinity — namely, the honour of a spiritual relationship. The union to him which originates in faith, is cemented by love, and which leads to a life of holy obedience, is an* honour which swallows up every other distinction, and which puts the believer into the possession of all he can desire or enjoy. " Jesus stretched forth his hand towards his
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