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Mary

Mary

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BY DR. A. THOLUCK


THE HISTORY OF THE SAVIOUR's DEATH AND RESURRECTION MAKES MANIFEST IN MARY, THE MOTHER OF OUR LORD, TO WHAT A HUMAN HEART MAY BECOME UNDER THE TRAINING AND DISCIPLINE OF GOD.

Luke ii. 34, 35. — And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary
his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of
many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
(yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the
thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
BY DR. A. THOLUCK


THE HISTORY OF THE SAVIOUR's DEATH AND RESURRECTION MAKES MANIFEST IN MARY, THE MOTHER OF OUR LORD, TO WHAT A HUMAN HEART MAY BECOME UNDER THE TRAINING AND DISCIPLINE OF GOD.

Luke ii. 34, 35. — And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary
his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of
many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
(yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the
thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

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MARYBY DR. A. THOLUCK THE HISTORY OF THE SAVIOUR's DEATH AD RESURRECTIO MAKES MAIFEST I MARY, THE MOTHER OF OUR LORD, TO WHAT A HUMA HEART MAY BECOME UDER THE TRAIIG AD DISCIPLIE OF GOD. Luke ii. 34, 35. — And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Beloved in the Lord ! We have seen the truth of that saying of Simeon which we placed at the head of our present series of meditations, proved in repeated instances. We have indeed witnessed a "revelation of the thoughts of many hearts" beneath the cross of Christ — a revelation such as may well make our own heart tremble. But I then promised you, that it would not be dark abysses of the human heart alone, which would open before our view, and from the his- tory of our Saviour's passion we were also to learn what a human heart may become under the training of God. The time of our Lord's sufferings and resurrection was peculiarly a time of spiritual discipline. There are certain epochs in human life, in which a man is all at once unexpectedly led by the Spirit of God a great way further on in his journey, so that he is him- self surprised at it, when he afterwards looks back upon the r^d. Such epochs in a life-time are, gene- rally, periods of affliction. It is only those hearts 9
 
94 THE CROSS A REVEALER across whicli tlie plouglisliare of God has passed in "which the seed of life deeply falls and quickly grows. ow the week of our Saviour's passion was for the disciples, preeminently a time in which the plough of God went over them. And that period along with the Resurrection, was for them also a time in which they were, all at once, advanced further upon their way than they had been throughout the whole of their pre- vious life. To this our Lord himself refers, when he compares the circumstances of the disciples at that time to those of a woman in travail, "who when her hour is come, has sorrow," but, he adds, " as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world." The man to be born was the new man of the apostles and all the followers of the Lord, which was born out of that season of affliction. Doubtless many a precious seed had fallen into their soul during the period of their intercourse with the Saviour, but till then it had not sunk deep enough into the soil of the heart. ow, however, the ploughshare passed over them, the seed sank deep, and when on the day of Pentecost the rain of God came down to water it, lo 1 all at once the fair stalk of corn shot forth. This is true of all the followers of Christ who were at that time in Jerusalem. I have already spoken of ico- demus in this connection: and what I said of him is true also of Peter, Thomas, John, Mary the mother of our Lord, and all the rest. Let me illustrate what holds good of them all by the example of two of them, of Mary the mother of our Lord, and Thomas. You OF THE HEARTS OF ME. 95 recollect that it was with special reference to Mary
 
that the saying which we have placed at the head of this series of meditations was uttered — the saying of Simeon that spoke of the revelation of the hearts beneath the cross of Christ. Let us then take once more for our text the words of the aged prophet: ''And Swieon blessed them, and said unto Mary Ms mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall he spoken against; {yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may he revealed.'" Luke ii. 34, 35. The sword, which pierced the heart of the mother of the Lord, severed the earthly from the heavenly in her faith and in her love. And thus it is, that we see revealed beneath the cross, in the case of the mother of our Lord, what, under the training of God, a pious human heart may become. In order to recognize this more clearly, we must go back to the very beginning of her spiritual training. Then we shall see that the fatal sword, of which the old man spoke, had begun to pierce her soul already, long before the passion-week. We shall con- template the mother of the Lord as hoping, as wait- ing, as looking, as tried, and as purified. The mother of the Lord as hoping. What she hoped for was, that the Word would become flesh, and that He whom the heaven of heavens could not contain would lie upon the bosom of an earthly mother. And as God never exalts any one who does not first humble himself, so it happened in this case also. The virgin yb THE CROSS A REVEALER who was chosen, was one who, in her humility, could make no other answer to the heavenly message but

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