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A Seasonable Recollection.

A Seasonable Recollection.

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REV. JOHN HARRIS, D.D.

" Remember Jesus Christ."
REV. JOHN HARRIS, D.D.

" Remember Jesus Christ."

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A SEASONABLE RECOLLECTION. REV. JOHN HARRIS, D.D." Remember Jesus Christ." Mebiory, like every other endowment, becomes valu-able only as it is properly employed. In this world we are comparatively unable to appreciate its worth. Here, at most, it has only the range of a few short years, a large proportion of the history of which does not deserve remembrance. It is a capacity which increases in importance as the history of our being advances. What a source of pleasure must memory be to a pure and happy being, who, by its aid, can call up the events which have given interest to ten thou-sand years ! But it may be turned to the highest ac-count even here. It is a casket ; and if it contain " the pearl of great price," it is sacred, it is rich in-deed. In the present state our memory is weak and inca-pacious, unable to contain but a small portion of the innumerable objects which claim a place in it. The part of wisdom, therefore, is to examine and select what should obtain the first admission, and occupy the most prominent place in it ; that, as all cannot be re-
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membered, trifles at least may not be received to the exclusion of important objects. Let such an examina-tion be instituted, and, before and above all things, we shall remember Jesus Christ. He deserves to be remembered for the moral splen-dour of his achievements, in vanquishing all the ene-mies of human happiness ; for his unmerited kindness in remembering us in our low estate ; for the strength and endurance of his love, in continuing his regard for us unabated, notwithstanding the. slights he receives AN ESSAY. 237 at our hands, and notwithstanding his own personal removal and exaltation and for the reward of grace which he promises to our remembrance of Him. They that remember Him, he will remember. And, oh ! to be remembered by Him would amply compen-sate for being forgotten by all the universe besides ! The dying malefactor only asked the Kedeemer to remember him ; and his humble request was answered with an assurance that, on that day he should be with Him in paradise.
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Our remembrance of Christ must not be confined to the Sabbath, or the hour of prayer, or the day of death, when no aid but his can avail us. This would denote no great attachment to him ; this would be re-membering him only when we could scarcely forbear doing it — when even they that hate him remember him. Many would have us think about them, only when we ourselves are in prosperity. If we are in want, they would be pleased to find that we had forgotten them, lest we should importune or disgrace them. Not so Jesus Christ ; he is pleased when our trials in-duce us to remember him : then it is that they answer their appointed end. In the hour of conscious guilt, his language is — " Remember my grace ; it will pre-vent despondency, and inspire you with hope." In the time of affliction — " Remember my sympathy, it will heal the wounds of the heart." In the season of duty — " Remember my example ; like a guiding col-umn of light, it will direct your course, and quicken your progress." In the prospect of death — " Remem-ber that your ' Redeemer liveth,' and it will convert the chamber of sickness into the gate of heaven."
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