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ETERNITY! 0 ETBRNITY!
cially figs and almonds, olives and pomegranates. "The Vaster with a kiss. The road to Bethany passes rarine in which it lies is terraced, and the terraces by the foot of the garden, and the nore private are covered either with fruit trees or waving grain. footpath up the brow of the hill passes along its There are not many houses (perhaps about twenty) northern wall. Looking across the kedron the inhabited, but there are many marks of ancient ruins. steep brow of Moriah and sombre wall of the Harun The House of Lazarus was pointed out to us-a sub- with its battlements, and the top of the Mosque stantial building, probably a tower in former days, of Omar, shut in the view. At evening, when the and selected to bear the name of the House of Lazarus gates of Jerusalem are closed, it must be a perfect by traditionists, who did not know how else thuun by solitude. Our blessed Master must have distinctiv his worldly eminence such a man could draw the seen the band of men and officers sent to apprehend special regard of the Lord Jesus. They did not know him, with their lanterns and torches, and glittering that Christ loveth froely. The sepulchre called the weapons, descending the side of Moriah, and apTomb of Lazarus attracted more of our attention. proaching the garden. By the clear moonlight, he We lighted our tapers, and descended twenty-six steps saw his three chosen disciples fast asleep in his hour cut in the rock to a chamber deep in the rock, having of agony; and by the cleam of the torches, he ob several nichos for the dead. Whether this be the served his cruel enemies coming down to seize him very tomb where Lazarus lay four days, and which and carry him away to his last sufferings; yet "he. yielded up its dead at the command of Jesus, it is im- was not rebellious, neither turned away back.” He possible to say. The common objection that it is too viewed the bitter cup that was given him to drink, and deep seems entirely ginuniliess, for there is nothing said, “Sirl I naš drink it?" "We read over all the in the narrative to intimato that the tomb was on a passages of Scripture relating to Gethsemane, while level with the ground; and besides, it seems not un- seate i together there. It seemed nothing wonderful likely that there was another entrance to the tomb to read of the weakness of those three disciples, when farther down the slope. A stronger objection is, that we remembered that they were sinful men like disthe tomb is in the immediate vicinity of the village, ciples now; but the compassion, the unwavering love or actually in it; but it is possible that the modern of Jesus, appeared by the contrast to be infinitely village occupies ground a little difierent from the amazing. For such souls as ours, he rent this vale ancient one. However this may be, there can be no with his strong crying and tears, wetted. this ground doubt that this is “ Bethany, the town of Mary aud with his bloody sweat, and set his face like a tiint to her sister Martha, nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifceen go forward and die. " While we were yet sinners furlongs off.” How pleasing are all the associations Christ diod for us." Each of us occupied part of the that cluster around it! Perhaps there was no scene time alone, in private metlitation ; and then we in the Holy Land which afforded us more unmingled joined together in prayer, putting our sins into that enjoyment: we even fancied that the curse that every cup which our Master drank here, and pleasing for where rests so visibly, upon the land had failen more our own souls, for our far-distand friends, and for the lightly here. In point of situation, nothing could flocks committed to our care. have come up more completely to our previous imagi- It is probable that Jesus often resorted to this nation of the place to which Jesus delighted to retire place, not only because of its retirement, but also at evening from the bustle of the city, and tho vexa- because it formed a fit place of meeting, when his tions of the unbelieving multitudes--sometimes tra- disciples, dispersed through the city by day, were to vering the road by which we had come, and perhaps join his company in the crening, and go with him ofterer still coming up the face of the hill by the over the hill to Bethany. And this seems the real footpath that passes on the north of Gethsemane. force of the original words, “ Ilonaúxos ovvúzen • What a peaceful scene! Amidlet these trees, or in that grassy field, he may often have been seen in deep times rendevousei nt this spot with his disciples.”—
'Ιησούς εκει μεση των μαθητών αυτου"-- « Jesus oftcommunion with the Father. And in sight of this Terdant spot it was that he took his last farewell of
Luar unul II C..ne's Yarratire. the disciples, and went upward to resume the deep, unbroken fellowship of " his God and our God," uttering blessings even at the moment when he began
ETERNITY! O ETERNITY! to be parted from them. And it was here that the
IMMORTAL men ! are you to spend an eternity in two angels stood by them in white apparel, and left
heaven or in hell ? and are you losing yourselves us this glorious message: “ This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like
among the vanities of this world? Will you never manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” awake? Sleep on, then, and tako your rest. But
know you that the mists of death will soon gather
around you. You will be laid upon a dying bed. Early one morning two of us set out to visit Geth- Time is gone and eternity has come. I see you lying semane. The sun had newly risen; few people were
there without a friend to help you in heaven or earth. upon the road, and the Valley of Jehoshaphat was lonely and still. Descending the steep of Mount I see you cast back your eyes on mis-spent Sabbaths Moriah, and crossing the dry bed of the brook Kedron, -on murdered privileges--on wasted time. You rewe soorr came to the low rude wall enclosing the plot member the calls you once rejected. I hear you cry, of ground which for ages has borne the name of Goth
“I had a soul, but prized it not, and now my soul is semane. Clambering over, we examined the sacred spot and its eight. olive trees. These are very large gone. Ten thonsand worlds for one more year'
ten thousand worlde for one more Sabbath in the and very old, but their branches are still strong and vigorous. One of them we measured, and found to
house of God!" I look a little farther, and I see be nearly eight yards in girth round the lower part the perturbations of the troubled sky. The sign of of the trunk. Some of them are hollow with age, the Son of Man appears in heaven. The last trumpet but filled up with earth, and most have heaps of stones sounds. That body which had been committed to gathered round their roots. The enclosure seems to
the grave is organized afresh. It opens its eyes on have been tilled at some recent period. At one corner some pilgrim has erected a stone, and carved the strange commotions of a dissolving world. It upon it the Latin words, “ Et hic tenuerunt eum,
is forced to ascend. The judgment-scat is set in the marking it as the spot where Judas betrayed his clouds of heaven and the books are opened. I hear
you cry to rocks and to mountains to cover you; but pious zeal, that distinguished the saints in primitivo rocks and mountains are sunk in the general ruin. times? Can they be said to worship the Lord in The books are opened, and on a black page are spread truth, who plead such reasons for neglecting his worout all the sins of your life. That page is held up ship as they would not urge in connection even with before a frowning universe. The judgment ended, their secular affairs ? Speak, Consistency; speak, the Judge prepares to speak. God of mercy, save me Conscience; speak, Oracles of God! I would be far from that hour! Eternal justice lowers upon his from intimating that circumstances may not be such awful brow. His right hand grasps ten thousand as to render a person justifiable in being absent from thunders. With a look before which heaven and public worship on the Lord's-day. If an individual earth flee away, he turns full upon his foes: “Depart, is confined to his room by a broken limb, or to his ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the bed by a fever, it is manifestly not his duty to go out; devil and his angels.” But I return, and, blessed be and the same is of course true if he is so seriously God, I still find myself on praying ground and my indisposed that he would be in danger of increasing dear hearers about me. This is not the judgment or prolonging his distemper. It is evident, also, that day. But, my beloved friends, I expect soon to drenching rains in summer, and drifting snows in meet you at that bar and give an account of my | winter, may sometimes render it hazardous for per·labours among you to-day. It is in full view of that
sons in health, especially females, to leave their homes awful scene that I am speaking thus to you. I would on the Sabbath. Wisdom is profitable to direct; and not have you perish; but if you perish, I would clear it was never intended that one duty should interfere my garments of your blood.”—Dr Gritiin.
with another. The Sabbath was made for man; and the service of God is in all respects a reasonable
service.' BEGIN TO-DAY.
Still, it is not every slight complaint, it is
not every threatening cloud, or fog, nor even every Lord, I do discover a fallacy, whereby I have long considerable fall of rain or snow, that can excuse us deceived myself-which is this: I have desired to
from waiting upon God in his house. If we would, begin my amendment from my birthday, or from some eminent festival, that so my repentance might bear week-day, and for a worldly purpose, the excuse is
without hesitation, expose ourselves as much on a some remarkable date. But when those days were come, I have adjourned my amendment to some other
vain. O that men would be honest on points in retime. Thus, whilst I could not agree with myself gard to which, although they may indeed deceive when to start, I have almost lost the running of the themselves, they never can deceive their Maker! If
I am resolved thus to befool myself no longer. | they had that longing for the courts of the Lord of I see no day but to-day; the instant time is always which we read in the Scriptures, they would not be the fittest time. In Nebuchadnezzar's image, the lower the members, the coarser the metal; the far
detained at home by trifles; they would lose sight of ther off the time, the more untit. To-day is the not a few supposed difficulties, and overcome eren golden opportunity, to-morrow will be the silver many real ones, in order to be present at the sancseason, next day but the brazen one, and so on, till
tuary. at last I shall come to the toes of clay, and be turned to dust. Grant, therefore, that to-day I may hear
SIR EDWARD COKE'S OPINION OF THE thy voice. And if this day be obscure in the calendar, and remarkable in itself for nothing else, give
JESUITS. me to make it memorable in my soul, hereupon, by the cat having a long time preyed upon the mice, thy assistance, beginning the reformation of my
the poor creatures at last, for their safety, contained themselves within their holes; but the cat finding his
prey to cease, as being known to the mice that he DO YOU GO REGULARLY TO CHURCH ?
was indeed their enemy and a cat, deviseth this course In view of what trivial causes do members of our following, namely, changeth his hue, getting on a Churches often stay away from the house of God! religious habit, shaveth his crown, walks gravely by If they are only suffering a little fatigue or bodily in
their holes, and yet perceiving that the mice kept disposition, or if the weather is slightly inclement, or
their holes, and looking out, suspected the worst, he if the distance to the place of worship is such as to formally, and father-like, said unto them: Quod require some exertion on their part in order to get fueram non sum, frater, caput aspice tonsum" 0 there, how readily do they endeavour to quiet their brother, I am not as you take me for—no more a consciences, in neglecting one of the most sacred ap- cat; see my habit and shaven crown.” Hereupon pointments of Heaven! That professed Christian is some of the more credulous and bold among them too unwell to worship God with his people; but he were again, by this deceit, snatched up; and there. would not be too unwell, if it were any other day of fore when afterwards he came, as before, to entice the week, to perform his customary labour. The them forth, they would come out no more, but anSabbath is a stormy one; but you will see him on other swered, Cor tibi rest at idem, vix tibi præstó fidemdays far more inclement driving from one part of the “Talk what you can, we will never believe you; you town to the other. The distance is considerable; but bear still a cat's heart within you.” And so here the propose to him on Saturday or Monday some plan that Jesuits, yea and priests too; for they are all joined promises to advance his temporal interest, and dis- in the tails, like Samson's foxes : Ephraim against tance, like the state of the weather, will at once be Manasseh, and Manasseh against Ephraim; and both forgotten. Are these men really serious in their pro- against Judah.-Speech of Sir E. Coke, Lord Chief fession ? Do they manifest the holy sincerity, the Justice of England, in Roscoe's British Lawyer.
THE CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
I SLEEP, BUT MY HEART WAKETH.
BY THE LATE REV. .R. M. M'CHEYNE, DUNDEE.
" I sleep, but my heart waketh : it is the voice of my be- ¡ing fuller and fuller, as she proceeds, till she loved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister,
says: “ This is my beloved, and this is my my love, my dove, my undefiled : for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night," friend, Oye daughters of Jerusalem !” They &c.-SONG v. 2, to the end.
seemed to be entranced by the description,
and are now as anxious as herself to join in Tae passage I have read forms one of the dra- the search after this altogether lovely one : matical songs of which this wonderful book is “ Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest composed. The subject of it is a conversation between a forsaken and desolate wife and aside, that we may seek him with thee ?”
among women ? whither is thy beloved turned the daughters of Jerusalem.
Such is the simple narrative before us. But 1. First of all, she relates to them how, through you will see at once that there is a deeper meanslothfulness, she had turned away her lord from ing beneath-that the narrative is only a beauthe door. He had been absent on a journey from tiful transparent veil, through which every child home, and did not return till night. Instead of of God may trace some of the most common exanxiously sitting up for her husband, she had periences in the life of the believer. (1.) The barred the door, and slothfully retired to rest : desolate bride is the believing soul. (2.) The “ I slept, but my heart was waking.” In this half- daughters of Jerusalem are fellow-believers. sleeping, half-waking frame, she heard the voice | (3.) The watchmen are ministers. (4.) And of her beloved husband : “ Open to me, my sister, the altogether lovely one is our Lord and Samy love, my dove, my undefiled; for my head is viour Jesus Christ. filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of
I. Believers often miss opportunities of communion the night.” But sloth prevailed with her, and she with Christ through slothfulness. would not open, but answered him with foolish
1. Observe, Christ is seeking believers. It is true “ I have put off my coat; how shall that Christ is seeking unconverted souls. He I put it on ? I have washed my feet; how shall stretches out his hands all the day to a gainsayI defile them ?”
ing and disobedient people-he is the Shepherd 2. She next tells them her grief and anxiety that seeks the lost sheep; but it is as true that he to find her lord. He tried the bolt of the is seeking his own people also—that he may make door, but it was fastened. This wakened her his abode with them—that their joy may be thoroughly. She ran to the door and opened, full. Christ is not done with a soul when he but ber beloved had withdrawn himself, and has brought it to a forgiveness of sins. It is was gone. She listened—she sought about the only then that he begins his regular visits to door-she called—but he gave no answer. She the soul. In the daily reading of the Word followed him through the streets; but the watch- Christ pays daily visits, to sanctity the believing men found her, and smote her, and took away soul.
In daily prayer Christ reveals himself her veil; and now with the morning light she to his own, in that other way than he doth to appears to the daughters of Jerusalem, and the world. In the house of God Christ comes anxiously beseeches them to help her: “I in to his own, and says: “ Peace be unto you!" charge you, if ye find him whom my soul loveth, And in the sacrament he makes himself known that ye tell him that I am sick of love."
to them in the breaking of bread, and they cry 3. The daughters of Jerusalem, astonished at out : “ It is the Lord !” These are all trysting her extreme anxiety, ask : “ What is thy be times, when the Saviour comes to visit his own. loved more than another beloved ?” This gives
2. Obserre, Christ also knocks at the door of be. opportunity to the desolate bride to enlarge on liecers. Even believers have got doors upon the perfections of her lord, which she does in a their hearts. You would think, perhaps, that strain of richest descriptiveness—the heart fill when once Christ had found an entrance into a
• Preached after the communion; and from a volume of poor sinner's heart he never would find diffi. Sermons, by the lamented author, now in the press. culty in getting in any more. You would think No. 3.- *
March 13, 1846.
exit was your
that as Samson carried off the gates of Gaza, table is the most famous trysting-place with bar and all, so Christ would carry away all the Christ. It is then that believers hear him gates and bars from believing hearts. But no; knocking-saying : “ Open to me.” How often there is still a door on the heart, and Christ is this opportunity lost through slothfulness stands and knocks. He would fain be in. It -through want of stirring up the gift that is is not his pleasure that we should sit lonely and in us- — through want of attention — through desolate. He would fain come in to us, and thoughts about worldly things—through unsup with us, and we with him.
willingness to take trouble about it !3. Observe, Christ speaks : “ Open to me, my “ I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on ? sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled.” O what I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them ?" a meeting of tender words is here !-all applied Doubtless, there are some children of God to a poor sinner who has believed in Christ. here, who did not find Christ last Sabbath-day (1.) “ My sister;" for you remember how Jesus at his table—who went away unrefreshed and stretched his hand toward his disciples, and uncomforted. See here the causesaid : “ Behold my mother and my brethren; own slothfulness. Christ was knocking; but
for whosoever shall do the will of my Father, you would not let him in. Do not go about to | the same is my brother, and my sister, and my blame God for it. Search your own heart, and
mother.” (2.) “My love;" for you know how he you will find the true cause. Perhaps you came loved sinners—left heaven out of love-lived, without deliberation-without self-examination died, rose again, out of love for poor sin- and prayer—without duly stirring upfaith. Perners; and when one believes on him, he calls haps you were thinking about your worldly him “My love.” (3.) “ My dove;" for you gains and losses, and you missed the Saviour. know that when a sinner believes in Jesus, the Remember, then, the fault is yours, not Christ's. holy dove-like Spirit is given him; so Jesus He was knocking—you would not let him in. calls that soul“ My dove.” (4.) “My undefiled” II. Belicters in darkness cannot rest with ou" --strangest name of all to give to a poor defiled Christ. sinner. But you remember how Jesus was In the parable we find that, when the bride holy, harmless, and undefiled. He was that in found her husband was gone, she did not reour stead—when a poor sinner believes in him, turn to her rest. Oh, no! her soul failed for he is looked on as undefiled. Christ says : his word. She listens-she seeks-she calls.
My undefiled.” Such are the winning words She receives no answer. She asks the watchwith which Christ desires to gain an entrance men, but they wound her, and take away her into the believer's heart. Oh, how strange veil; still she is not broken off from seeking. that any heart could stand out against all this She sets the daughters of Jerusalem to seek love !
along with her. 4. Observe, Christ waits : “My head is filled So is it with the believer. When the slothwith dew, and my locks with the drops of the ful believer is really awakened to feel that night.” Christ's patience with unconverted Christ has withdrawn himself, and is gone, he souls is very wonderful. Day after day he pleads is slothful no longer. Believers remain at ease with them: “ Turn ye, turn ye, why will ye die!" only so long as they flatter themselves that all Never did beggar stand longer at a rich man's is well; but if they are made sensible, by a fall gate, than Jesus, the almighty Saviour, stands into sin, or by a fresh discovery of the wickedat the gate of sinful worms. But his patience ness of their heart, that Christ is away from with his own is still nore wonderful--they them, they cannot rest. The world can rest know his preciousness, and yet will not let him quite well, even while they know that they are in—their sin is all the greater, and yet he waits not in Christ. Satan lulls them into fatal repose. to be gracious.
Not so the believer-he cannot rest. l. He 5. Believers are often slothful at these trysting does all he can do himself, He listens-he times, and put the Saviour away with rain excuses. seeks-he calls. The Bible is searched with (1.) The hour of daily devotion is a trysting fresh anxiety. The soul seeks and calls by hour with Christ, in which he seeks, and knocks, prayer; yet often all in vain. He get no answer and speaks, and waits; and yet, dear believers, -no sense of Christ's presence. 2. He comes how often you are slothful, and make vain ex- to ministers-God's watchmen on the walls of cuses ! You have something else to attend to, Zion. They deal plainly and faithfully with or you are set upon some worldly comfort, and his backslidden soul—take away the veil, and you do not let the Saviour in. (2.) The Lord's show him his sin. The soul is thus smitten and
I SLEEP, BUT MY HEART WAKETH.
wounded, and without a covering; and yet it present Saviour with a healthy, placid affecdoes not give over its search for Christ. A mere tion. The soul is contented with him—at rest natural heart would fall away under this not in him : “ Return unto thy rest, O my soul.” so the believer in darkness. 3. He applies to There is no feeling of sickness. It is health Christian friends and companions-bids them to the bones; it is the very health of the soul help him, and pray for him : " I charge you, o to look upon him, and to love him. But when 1 ye daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find him the object of affection is away, the heart turns whom my soul loveth, tell him that I am sick sick. When the heart searches here and there, of love."
and cannot find the beloved object, it turns Is there any of you, then, a believer in dark- faint with longing : “ Hope deferred maketh ness, thus anxiously seeking Christ ? You the heart sick.” When the ring-dove has lost! thought that you had really been a believer in its mate, it sits lone and cheerless, and will not Jesus; but you have fallen into sin and dark- be comforted. When the bird that hath been Dess, and all your evidences are overclouded. robbed of its young, comes back again and again, You are now anxiously seeking Christ. Your and hovers with reluctant wing over the spot soul fails for his word. You seek—you call, where her nest was built, she fills the grove even though you get no answer. You do search with her plaintive melodies — she is “ sick of the Bible, even though it is without comfort love." These are the yearnings of nature. to you. You do pray, though you have no Such also are the yearnings of grace. When comfort in prayer-no confidence that you are Jesus is away from the believing soul it will heard. You ask counsel of his ministers-and not be comforted. When the soul reads, when they deal plainly with you, you are not and prays, and seeks, yet Jesus is not found, offended. They wound you, and take away the the heart yearns and sickens-he is “ sick of veil from you. They tell you not to rely on any love." “ Uope deferred maketh the heart sick." past experiences--that they may have been de- Did you ever feel this sickness? Did you lusive—they only increase your anxiety; still ever feel that Christ was precious, but not preyou follow hard after Christ. You seek the sentthat you could not lay hold on Christ as daughters of Jerusalem- them that are the you used to do, and yet your soul yearned after people of Christ—and you tell them to pray for him, and would not be comforted without him ? you.
If you have-1. Remember it is a happy sick. Is this your case? As face answers to face, ness-it is a sickness not of nature at all, but so do you see your own image here? Do you of grace. All the struggles of nature would feel that you cannot rest out of Christ ? Then never make you “ sick of love.” Never may do not be too much cast down. This is no you be cured of it, except it be in the revealing mark that you are not a believer, but the very of Jesus! 2. Remember it is not best to be reverse. Say :
“ sick of love”-it is better to be in healthWhy art thou cast down, O my soul ?
to have Christ revealed to the soul, and to love Why art thou disquieted in me?
him with a free, healthy love. In heaven, the Soll trust in God; for I shall yet praise him, Wbu is the health of my countenance, and my God." inhabitants never say they are sick. Do not III. Believers in darkness are sick of love, and rest in this sickness; press near to Jesus, to be full of the commendation of Christ—more than erer. healed. 3. Most, I fear, never felt this sickness
In the parable, the bride told the daughters --know nothing of what it means. Oh ! dear of Jerusalem that she was sick of love. This souls, remember this one thing: If you never was the message she bade them carry; and felt this sickness of grace, it is too likely you when they asked her about her beloved, she never felt the life of grace. If you were told gave them a rich and glowing description of his of a man, that he never felt any pain or unperfect beauty, ending by saying : “ He is alto- easiness of any kind all his days, you would gether lovely.”
conclude that he must have been dead-that he So is it with the believer in time of dark- never had had any life; so you, if you know nekehe is “ sick of love.” When Christ is nothing of the sick yearnings of the believer's present to the soul, there is no feeling of sick- heart, it is too plain that you are dead—that ness. Christ is the health of the countenance. you never have had any life. When I have him full in my faith as a com- Last of all, the believer in darkness commends the plete surety, a calm tranquillity is spread over Saviour. There is no more distinguishing mark the whole inner man---the pulse of the soul of a true believer than this. To the unahas a calm and easy flow—the heart rests in a wakened there is no form nor comeliness in