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 IVITATIO, 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.