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More Than a Prophet.

More Than a Prophet.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY CHARLES CLIFTON PENICK, D.D.,

" More than a prophet." — Matt, ii : g.

JESUS here sets a higher value on John
than on a mere prophet. There is some-
thing nobler, stronger, grander in His eyes
than prophetic vision, and John had that some-
thing, which is the living contact with the du-
ties and battles of life.
BY CHARLES CLIFTON PENICK, D.D.,

" More than a prophet." — Matt, ii : g.

JESUS here sets a higher value on John
than on a mere prophet. There is some-
thing nobler, stronger, grander in His eyes
than prophetic vision, and John had that some-
thing, which is the living contact with the du-
ties and battles of life.

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MORE THAN A PROPHET. BY CHARLES CLIFTON PENICK, D.D., " More than a prophet." — Matt, ii : g. JESUS here sets a higher value on John than on a mere prophet. There is some-thing nobler, stronger, grander in His eyes than prophetic vision, and John had that some-thing, which is the living contact with the du-ties and battles of life. It is grander to stand out in the realities of life than to behold them in vision. Better to be in days of reality than in the shadows of their forecasting. John the Baptist opened the great battle through which the violent, as if by force, took the kingdom of heaven. He spoke as a man in the midst of the very things about which he spoke. He was a man realizing the greatness of the age in which he lived, and laying hold of that great-ness. " The kingdom of heaven is at hand" was the startling cry from the burning realiza-21 8 "MORE THAN A PROPHET:'
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tion of his soul. " There standeth one in your midst" were his words about Jesus, their expected Messiah. " The axe is laid at the root of the tree" are the startling words of warning against sin and a fruitless religion. " I am the voice of one crying in the wilder-ness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord," was his idea of himself. These burning realizations in the heart of the Baptist gave his life a brawni-ness of principle, a mighty force of action, that drew from the lips of our Lord Himself the words, " More than a prophet ; none greater of women born." There are people who spend their heart's yearnings in vain longings to penetrate the mysteries of the future, craving even the pro-phetic vision, looking ever into to-morrow's darkness. To such we say, in the presence of our Lord's words, " This is not the grandest or truest life you crave. God has thrown your destiny in the midst of a glorious present ; the realities of now press upon you with loud clamorings and splendid possibilities. Waste not the moments, but grasp these mighty open-
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ings for God. Be a John the Baptist, a man of "MORE THAN A PROPHETS 219 the present, for only then can you be a true man of the future. Only by bringing the present to its true focus are we prepared to be-hold the outlines of the future with hearts of participating joy. Balaam's vision of Israel's glory was also a vision of his own shame and downfall, for his heart could not follow the march of Jehovah as could his vision. Jonah prayed to die amid that glorious manifestation of God's pardoning love to penitent Nineveh, f orjiis vision of God's will was stronger than his love of that will. The joy of present duty seems to have faded from the man's life ; he sought the comfort and delight of living, more by what he knew than what he was, and so had no joy in himself. The present was antago-nistic, harsh, and depressing to him. He was only a prophet, and not " more than a proph-et." Ah, the glories of to-day/ 'The light shineth in darkness, and the darkness compre-
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