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Sunday After Christmas.

Sunday After Christmas.

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For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was
lost. — Luke 19 : 10.

For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was
lost. — Luke 19 : 10.

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Published by: glennpease on Feb 26, 2014
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Sunday after Christmas.
BY JOSEPH A. SEISS,^. D., LL.D., L.H.D.,For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. — Luke 19 : 10. HE Christian world is still aglow with the glad celebration of our Saviour's birth. In the text we have His own naming of himself, and of the purpose of His coming. You will notice that He does not say, / am come, although He means himself. His language is, "77^^ Son of Man is come." This is the formula in which He often designated himself, and not without important significance. It is not intended as a denial of His divine Sonship. He all the while assumed and marvel-lously demonstrated that He was truly the Son of God. Peter confessed Him as "the Christ, the Son of the Living God," and He answered to it with commendation and blessing, as the very truth on which His Church was to be built. But the great wonder in His case was, not that the
Son of God should concern himself in human affairs, but that He should have taken on Him man's nature, to become a real member of our 58 SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS. 59 race. This, however, was a necessity in order to be to ns an effectual Saviour; and hence His care-fuhiess to impress and emphasize the wondrous fact, that, though the very Son of God, He was, and ever will be, as truly and unchangeable "///^ Soil of Man. ' ' This way of emphasizing his human Sonship implied that He had none of the limitations, narrownesses, or imperfections that mark other men. He was not the Son of a section, or of a particular age, country, or class; but the Son of man., as if the whole human race had come to its highest bloom in Him. He was a Jew by birth, but with nothing of Jewish peculiarities or preju-dices to separate Him from the rest of mankind.
He was cosmopolitan in all the elements and make up of His character. Everything truest and best in every man, and everything tenderest and purest in every woman, was summed up in Him, making of Him, as a man, the very flower of all humanity. The same also emphasized His nearness to us. As the Son of Man, He is the relative and brother of every member of our race — bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh. He is therefore capable of being "touched with the feeling of our infirmity;" and, being "tempted in all points like as we are," He is the better able to "succor them that are tempted." And one of the greatest of consola-tions that Christians have, is, that God hath sent us a Saviour who has a brother's heart, as well as an almighty arm. 6o THE GRACIOUS ERRAND. As a man He can sympathize with us in all our weaknesses and trials; and as the Son of man^ and not of a sect or party, His sympathies are as

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