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Why Not the Men as Well as the Women

Why Not the Men as Well as the Women

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. DAVID GREGG

" Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her
sons, worshipping him." — Matt. xx. 20.
BY REV. DAVID GREGG

" Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her
sons, worshipping him." — Matt. xx. 20.

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WHY NOT THE MEN AS WELL AS THE WOMEN?BY REV. DAVID GREGG " Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him." — Matt. xx. 20. My text contains my subject by implication rather than by direct statement. But it contains my subject. My subject is in the blank spaces of the text. Here is Salome with her boys, James and John, but no Zebedee. The wife in loyal al-legiance to Jesus, but the husband not. Zebedee's sons magnificent Christians; but Zebedee, the fa-ther, outside of the church. As one writer says : " Zebedee was never found with his family among Jesus' professed disciples. He alone of his fam-ily was not at the cross." Now why did he ab-sent himself from Jesus ? Why did he leave all the religion of the home to be looked after by the wife and mother? Why must the woman of the house do all the praying, and all the public con-fessing, and attend to the religious training of the children, and maintain the character of the home for religion ? " Why not the men as well as the
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women? " 128 NEW EPISTLES FROM OLD LANDS. I answer, there is no reason "why not." Men need religion just as much as women do. And the religion of Jesus Christ is as fitted to men as it is to women. Every man who follows in the footsteps of Zebedee shirks his duty, robs himself of his privileges, throws an additional burden on his wife which she ought not to be compelled to bear alone, and cheats religion of the moral influ-ence and power which it is possible for every manly character to generate and contribute. Men have not as yet gotten beyond Jesus Christ that they should stay apart from Him. Jesus Christ is not unworthy of the homage of men ; He has not diminished in the least iota. There is noth-ing wrong, nothing lacking, relative to the power of Jesus. His power is still here. It is here in His strong pictorial words ; it is here in His beau-tiful and perfect life ; it is here in His superb
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self-sacrifice; it is here in His cross. Jesus Christ is still worthy to receive all honor and glory and power and riches and wisdom and blessing. For the benefit of the men who are not in open allegiance to Jesus Christ, and who are not out-and-out Christians, let us discuss briefly Zebedee and his conduct. Let us look at the pros and the cons in his case. There are some things to be said for Zebedee. He was the father of two of the grandest apostles. Would that save him ? No. Only a man's per-WHY NOT THE MEN? 129 sonal faith in Christ can save him. If this be so, then what does it signify to say that " Zebedee was the father of two of the grandest apostles of Jesus? " How is this in his favor? It signifies that he was not an open opposer of Jesus. While
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