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Christ s Victory Over the World s Tribulation.

Christ s Victory Over the World s Tribulation.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,


IN THE WORLD YE SHALL HAVE TRIBULATION ; BUT BE OF
GOOD CHEER I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD. Jolm Xvi. 33.
BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,


IN THE WORLD YE SHALL HAVE TRIBULATION ; BUT BE OF
GOOD CHEER I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD. Jolm Xvi. 33.

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CHRIST S VICTORY OVER THE WORLD S TRIBULATION. BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,IN THE WORLD YE SHALL HAVE TRIBULATION ; BUT BE OF GOOD CHEER I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD. Jolm Xvi. 33. IT is worth our thought, how small that audience must be that would assemble, life through, to listen to a Gospel that said nothing to sufferers, nothing to sorrow. How tiresome would be that monotony of superficial satisfaction ! How the poor, weak hearts, aching and staggering under crosses, would refuse to come to a comforter that never wept, nor remembered that his fol lowers must weep. Even those human companions who are ignorant of grief sometimes grow insupportably wearisome to our heavier moods. Their perpetual gale of hilarity grates upon our sensibilities, as unsympa-thizing as the east wind. How much more unsatisfying a pretended Saviour, that was not himself a sufferer, or a worship which touched us only in our happier hours, but never went down into the depths of our darkness, with its grand condescension, to raise us in its holy arms, with the lifting up of its promises and the inspiration of its
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anthems, giving the garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness, and good cheer for tribulation ! A religion that should address itself only to persons in a state of comfort would be like a system of naviga tion that should calculate only for sailing in clear weather. The hours when a voyager needs the aids of science most are those when the night and the cloud have conspired to wipe out all waymarks from earth and sky, and robhed the rudder of its meaning ; when the tempest shrieks over a sea with no north, no port, no light. Very little honor belongs, it is true, to that view of Christianity which represents it as suited to no seasons but funereal and gloomy ones. It is meant for the whole of our life, and sooner or later there comes from the common human heart in us a cry that nothing else will answer, and nothing else will still. Christ confronts the fearful fact. He conceals noth ing, disguises nothing, treats nothing timidly. He ac knowledges the humiliating necessity for discipline. He frankly prophesies it. " In the world ye shall have tribulation." We have all known foolish parents that were willing to entice their children into acts of disa
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greeable submission, by promising there should be noth ing disagreeable in them ; so defrauding childhood both by a deception and a disappointment. The perfect Father never deals in that way with the hearts he would mould to his will. And so, when his Son is revealing that will, you see his sublime candor. The medicine, he says, must have a bitter taste ; take it, nevertheless. Ye must be chastened ; it is enough that the Lord loveth whom he chasteneth. Persecuted and reviled ye must be ; blessed are ye, and rejoice if it is for the Son of Man s sake, who took persecution and reviling and pain for you. It is no mere happiness of the jester and the trifler 276 CHRIST S VICTORY OVER THE WORLD S TRIBULATION. that God desires for you. It is not the empty merri ment of a convivial company, nor the physical com posure of healthy nerves, nor the complacency of self-satisfaction. It is none of these. If it were, they might be had, perhaps, on cheaper terms, with no costly ritual of sacrifice. It is not " cheer " merely, observe, but " good cheer." It is a holy joy. It is " that
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