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The Women at the Sepulcher.

The Women at the Sepulcher.

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Mark xvi ; 1 — 8.

Mark xvi ; 1 — 8.

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Published by: glennpease on Aug 03, 2014
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THE WOME AT THE SEPULCHER. BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A., Mark xvi ; 1 — 8. And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun ; and they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepul- cher? (And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away), for it was very great. And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment ; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted ; ye seek Jesus of azareth, which was crucified; he is risen; he is not here; behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulcher ; for they trembled, and were amazed ; neither said they anything to any man ; for they were afraid. The circumstances in which Christ is placed ever draws to light the true disciple. The death of Christ brings Joseph of Arimathea on the stage of Divine revelation. But for that, who would ever have heard of him ? It was the same great event that drew to light another secret disciple, icodemus. But for that, who would have known that his Christianity had so grown since the night on which he went to meet the Saviour ? It was the circumstances in which that Saviour was placed that brought them out of obscurity and tested their character. And it was simply
THE WOME AT THE SEPULCHEE. 119 because of their connection with Jesus that the Holy Spirit gives them a place and a name in the book of God. It was so then, it is so now. If there was a true disciple anywhere, the circumstances in which the Saviour was placed drew him to light. In this respect He was indeed the light of the world, making manifest everything and every one around Him. It is the same now, for Christ is still here in His members. If there be any reality in our religion, the circumstances in which His people are placed will bring it to light. "We shall be found gathering round His members to minister to them for the sake of Jesus. If we do not, then there is no reality in our religion. And it is just as we thus gather round Christ, that we are re- corded by the Spirit. We get a living name before the throne. These are the opening features of this narrative. The women are seen round the person of the Lord Jesus. His circumstances have drawn them to light, and given them an imperishable record in the book of God. Header, if you want a name in heaven, you must be in connection with Jesus. He must draw you to light. You will have no record on high but one of shame, if you are not livingly associated with Jesus. And how very different are the characters seen around Him here ! " Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome." The differences morally are great. The difference of degrees of social rank may be great. The world may think much of these things ; and man, on ac- count of these things, may be severed from his fellow-man. But not around Jesus. There all are equal. The Spirit of God takes no note of such distinctions. They are seen around Jesus, and that is enough. There is the aristocracy
120 COUSELS FROM THE WORDS OF TRUTH. of heaven. There is the blood- royal. The Spirit of God, the great Artist of heaven, draws the picture of these women seen around the person of the Lord Jesus, and hangs it up in the gallery of grace, that we may behold and learn. What urged them onward at this early hour of the day with their spices ? Love, only love. " The love of Christ constraineth us." This so filled their hearts that there was no room for another thought. The difficulties were never taken into account. The huge stone at the door of the sepulcher, and how it was to be "rolled away," never entered their minds. Love, only love, urged them on- ward. Love had, no doubt, kept them awake all the pre- vious night, watching for the dawn, and the moments, we may be sure, were long and tedious. What will not the love of Christ do ? But now the difficulties of the way have to be faced. A formidable one presents itself. " Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulcher ?" There was good ground, too, for this difficulty. They were weak women, and the stone was " great." It was no trifling obstacle. It would have turned any one else back. It would have cooled any other motive than the " love of Christ." Ah ! duties are ours ; issues are God's. Let us go onward, and leave the " great stone," to God. The love of Christ burns within us. We are going to see the Saviour. Perish every other thought ! Leave difficulties with God. " Roll thy way upon the Lord ; trust also in Him : and He shall bring it to pass." So they did. The difficulty, the "great stone,"' de- terred them not. The love of Christ was stronger. And God, always true to His promise, was true to their love.

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