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St. Matthew xxi. 9* And the multitudes that went hrfore, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David : Blessed is He that eometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna m the highest. Let us not follow the guiding of that spirit which has of late years gone forth again into the Christian worlds a spirit which seems little less than a notoverleamed infidelity; let us not think to see in our Lord^s advent to Jerusalem nothing more than the grand procession of a great prophet. All that the Beloved of our souls did, my brethren, had for us a deeper importance than the chance works of men such as we are. His going to Jerusalem, in the manner and at the time that He did, was in the fulness of that wisdom by which He did onl^ and altogether His blessed Father's will. ot only was this advent foretold in prophecy 500 years before. Behold thy King eometh unto thee^nieeh and sitting upon an asSy B
2 SEBMO L and a coU ike foal of an aa/^ but it was in a degree typified in the ^appointments of tbe Paschal Lamb 1500 years before. By the law of the Passover which Moses received from God the lamb was to be taken op on the loth day of the month isan and kept ready for the sacrifice on the 14th. And on
this same day^ as it would seem^ and in due preparation for His own most precious deaths did the Saviour of us all separate Himself as the Lamb of God wAi4:A taketh away the sin of the world. Even the very place^ Bethphage, is said to have been a spot where the priests drafted off the beasts reserved for sacrifice. And the triumphal entry with garlands and the shoutings of the great multitude seem to have no more reference to the royal presence of Jerusalem's meek and lowly King, than to the joyous manner in which choice victims were led to the spot where they must die. You may observe, further, how the power of the Oodhead reigns through the actions of Christ's manhood. He saw the appointed ass and its colt. He overruled the will of the owners, that they should lend them willingly. It was not without some strange influence that the multitude followed from Bethany, and another multitude came forth from the city, and mingling with the country crowd conducted so the Sling of angels and of men to His capital. ? Zech. ix. 9.
SERMO I. 3 How Kttle did anyone in that vast concourse know of the deep significance of their doings ! How little did the children shouting and the men and women strewr ing palm-leaves in the road think that they were adding evidence to the religion of Christians for eighteen centuries since that day ! They that cried Hosanna were as unconsciously fiirthering God's purpose as they that four days afterwards cried out. Crucify Him, crucify Him. The Holy Ghost has taught us how we are to think of all these actions of men as concerned with Christ; They did. Lord, whatsoever Thy hand and Thy counsel determined before
to he done* They did it of their own will and . accord, yet under the pre-disposing providence of God Almighty. They did it unaware that they were so fulfilling ancient prophecies and eternal purposes. They did it in their own good pleasure or from their own self-will, yet so that they built up the very truth which many of them desired to overthrow. But it was not so with Christ. His meat was to do the will of Him that sent Him, and to finish His work ; and so every action was a conscious working out of God's coimsels, an accomplishing of type and prediction in such a manner that not one jot nor one tittle might fall to the ground. Eejoice vdth me, O my brethren, in this belief; rejoice and hold it fast. f Acts iv. 28. B%
Wia^ » mn^fdef ertimi m was duit fiOawoi tdie L^vii J^«»<Mkffi»wajrto Jeniaakm! WBafi^eoiidiet of yoMOtttfy wluft <li 'i t*rrmrjiA at iSedm^ ^oe bu^ Ikmt^ b^eft nating tkem a& ! Sone ia t&e fnini>inHtf mnpKdty &t€Liie fiodk AmHng wickm t&eaueb^s^ ^^%'i^,mited,HeMgimgt^takeib^iia^ Bit w9I seatt^ Hii eaesues aad estab&h Hk dm»e oa dkJf^mtofZktt.^ Odiessdoctbdii^iriwseiEntoan tlmr dkOfdd fead^ a^d what the BooBana mi^t make ofH. O tlMgr» fen cf esTj f<»r the pofMilaritjof C^ trlpMk ihef dttliked^ and griered at tbe liafpj ahoiitmg$ (jf tbe jojom ixraltitiide^ — Manier, rdmit Tkjf dimpt€S. Bwt Chmt suksmered, ^ I UU jcm Uai if lh4m $hmld Aoldiieir peace tie $tones wtmld iwmediaidy ety (n^4 Ood will hare Hk kingdom proclaimed tlrtM. My Father will have tbe Prince ^A peace faotMyored by the«e loud hosannas. o envy of men^ no fierce strife and jealowy shall hinder this jubilant
»ong# Off if thejr eoald^ the very stones of the city walls^ of tbe temple itself^ shotdd shout aload against yoa^ Behold f yowr Kmg comeih/* But to tbe eye of &ith^ brethren^ this triumphal etitiy of tbe Lord Jesus is still going on. It is not^ however^ to tbe earthly 22ion but to the beaTcnly Jemsfllem^ not to tbe cross of shame but to the tbrotio of glcrry^ that tbe long train of Christian spirits is year by year^ day after day accompanying Him. You and I are of this mighty multitude. You and I
SERMO L 5 (will we, nill we,) are doing our own business in this great advent of the Lord our Master. There are the same differences, now as then, in the hearts of men. Some go with the multitude, listless and caring for nothing but to swell the throng. Some have the faith to see their Lord, and the love that rejoices in His triumph. There are some that have a spleen against Him, that envy Him His glory and His rule over the hearts of others. They would bring Him, if they could, to shame — ^they would crucify the Lord afresh — they would hinder the progress of His kingdom — they would say. Rebuke Thy disc^les. Meanwhile, in spite of oppositions, the great procession advances. ot blood, nor fire, nor war, nor treason, nor lust, nor hidden wickedness can stay the mighty Saviour as He comes year by year, century after century, gathering to Himself thousands of blessed souls, adding to His living body thousands of happy believers. To the eye of faith the Lord Jesus is still marching on to the throne of His kingdom; leading death, and sin, and sorrow, and Satan captive; bringing His saints with Him, having His redeemed
ones all around Him; in &ont, by His side, and behind Him, all rejoicing in His glory and living in His life. In front, Adam, and Enoch, and Seth, and Abraham, and the patriarchs, and the prophets, and the royal saints; by His side, Andrew, and
6 SERMO I. Peter, and James, and John, and Paul, and other blessed apostles ; behind, the martyrs and confessors of old, the prophets and teachers, the ministers and disciples of the Gospel times. Are we amongst them, O my brethren ? are we amongst them ? Are we doing what we can to strew palm-leaves in the way of His triumph ; deeds of mercy, deeds of faith, deeds of love, prayers, and praises, and thanksgivings ? Are we lending ourselves with all our might to help forward the day of His final coming ? Are we doing all things as imto the Lord and not to man ? fighting the good fight of faith ; resisting the devil and all his wiles; denying the world and all its falsehoods; subduing the flesh and all its frailties ? Be sure that not sin, nor sorrow, nor wrath, nor insolence, nor infidelity can hinder for one hour the coming of Christ. Come He will, and come in the will of God He must. And if you and I were to set ourselves against Him, and this whole Christian world (so-called) were to turn and deny the Lord that bought them, yet even 80 there would be no lack to His glorious coming. He would raise up from the stones of earth children unto Abraham, And for want of men's voices to sing His praises He could make the stone to cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber to answer it. O seek to be with Him now in His triumphant advent ! Seek to honour Him as He marches on to victory ! Strew His way with thoughts of humility^
SEEMO I. 7 confessions of true love, breathings of earnest piety, services of real religion. Honour Him with your substances, honour Him in your bodies, worship Him with your minds, sanctify Him in your hearts. His eye is upon each one of us always — everywhere. His heart beats for us still. His bowels yearn towards us in this our life of trial. May He look upon us to the saving of gur souls, and own us in the day of His triumph, when He cometh to judge the world !
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