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The Saviour's Invitation.

The Saviour's Invitation.

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BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A.


Matthew xi 28^30.



History tells us that Csesar's power over his soldiers
lay in the words in which he addressed them. He
said, not "Ite," go, but " Yenite,** come.

In this too lies the wondrous power of Heaven's
own voice over fffe souls of men. This was the
word ever on the lips of the Lord Jesus, as He moved
among the fallen and needy ones of our sinful world.
BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A.


Matthew xi 28^30.



History tells us that Csesar's power over his soldiers
lay in the words in which he addressed them. He
said, not "Ite," go, but " Yenite,** come.

In this too lies the wondrous power of Heaven's
own voice over fffe souls of men. This was the
word ever on the lips of the Lord Jesus, as He moved
among the fallen and needy ones of our sinful world.

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THE SAVIOUR'S IVITATIO. BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A. Matthew xi 28^30. History tells us that Csesar's power over his soldiers lay in the words in which he addressed them. He said, not "Ite," go, but " Yenite,** come. In this too lies the wondrous power of Heaven's own voice over fffe souls of men. This was the word ever on the lips of the Lord Jesus, as He moved among the fallen and needy ones of our sinful world. He saw men scattered as sheep having no shepherd, and His bosom heaved with compassion. He spake, and men wondered at the gracious words that fell from His lips. He wept, and His tears fell upon our sad earth like drops from heaven, the seeds of a mighty harvest yet to be reaped. He went down to the lowest depths of our fallen humanity, with 2 THE SAVIOUR*S IVITATIO, this word only on His lips. Men heard it and wondered. It fell upon the desolate heart and sent a gleam of hope where hope had never found entrance before. It lighted up with joy many a dark chamber of sorrow and sin. It was the one magic word that drew multitudes from their prison-houses of sin to nestle under the shadow of the tree of life. or has it yet lost its powerj though He who uttered it, who spake as never man spake, is hidden in the cloud of glory on high. It sounds sweet as ever in our ears, whether spoken by the Man of .Sorrows on
 
earth, or by the great High Priest from before the throne. Words of wondrous power, when borne by the Holy Spirit to the hearts of the fallen and lost — " Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." But it is not the letter of the Word that possesses such wondrous power. The word in the mere letter would be after all but a dead letter. Oh no ! It is the word of a loving Savioift. It is the letter filled with the quickening breath, the loving voice of a Saviour, by the Spirit of God. This is the highest glory of the Gospel, the culminating excellence of the written Word, the exceeding grandeur of the Christian system. It presents to the heart that which exactly it needs. It is not only a Word but a living Word. It reveals not only a redemption but a Redeemer. As a system Christianity is beautiful It has eclipsed every THE SAVIOUR'S IVITATIO, 3 otlier system in the world. If it could die, then one thing is absolutely certain, every other system would die with it, for it has no rival. But what a poor thing a system is, however excellent, for a needy heart to lean upon. Its very excellence by contrast only adds poignancy to its wounds. What a diflference between casting ourselves upon a system, and upon a throbbing bosom ! What a difference between feeling around us the beautiful principles of a Divine, system, and the almighty arms of a tender, gracious, loving Saviour. What a difference, especially in the hour of helplessness and sorrow ! Yes, sweet as is the Word to our taste, sweeter far the Man Christ Jesus. It is Jesus and Jesus only who gives every line of that Word its inex- pressible fragrance.
 
Let us take care how we read His Word. We never read it aright unless we read it as a mere channel — a Divine channel, it is true, but yet only a channel — to get at Christ. or this only. Christ is the believer's food. But though we get at Christ through the Word, yet will He be food to our souls only as we read it in communion with God. We all remember what was Israel's food in the desert. It was manna. This manna came down from heaven. But not only so; it came down in a vessel of heaven's own providing — the dew. The dew made it, and kept it for a time, fresh and savoury for the palate. But if it were not eaten with 4 THE SAVIOUR'S IVITATIO. the dew upon it, the freshness, the sweetness, the real strength of the food was gone. The sun's heat and other external influences soon dried it up. So with the "Word. Christ must be sought in it, or we had better never read it. But more than this. If Christ, the living manna, be not sought in communion with God — with the dew of the Holy Spirit on our souls — we shall never be fed. The intellect may be enh'ghtened, but the soul will be starved, and the measure of its starvation will be the clearness of perception in the under- standing. Without this dew there will be no food, no savour, no nutriment, no imparted strength. While we are instructing the intellect we are starv- ing the soul. God forbid that we should read the Word in this way ! God forbid we should ever read it at all ! But having said this, let us look at the Word itself as conveyed in these precious utterances of the Lord Jesus. While we examine them may the dew

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