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Fixing Faith's bright gaze above, Hear him, while on earth ye tread; Ye shall hear his tones of love, When the trumpet wakes the dead.
TO THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS.
JESUS REBUKES THE ARDOUR OF HIS
LUKE IX. 51, xix. And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.
And he sent messengers before his face; and they went and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did ? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. And they went to another village.
And Jesus entered, and passed through Jericho. And behold, there was a man named Zaccheus; which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
And he sought to see Jesus, who he was; and could not for the press, because he was of little stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him ; for he was to pass that
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said unto him, Zaccheus, make haste, and come down; for to-day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, that he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zaccheus stood, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house; forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham ; for the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
“Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did ?” How different is the spirit which these words evince, from that which one of the speakers afterwards inculcated!“ Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love.-He that loveth not his brother, whom he hath seen, how can he love
God, whom he hath not seen?” (1 John, iv. 7, 8, 20.) The apostle John is considered, and justly, as exemplifying, more than any, save Jesus himself, the spirit of Christian gentleness. Love to God and man seem personified in him. Whence was this change? Whence did the ardent partisan, designated by his Lord as a “Son of Thunder," who was ready to call down fire from heaven on the Samaritan village, acquire the meekness which beams like a glory, round “ the disciple whom Jesus loved”?-Whence, but from drinking deeply of the spirit of his Master ? Bright example of the influence of Christianity! Blessed power of Religion, to breathe into the fiery zealot the gentleness of the dove !
That wisdom which to meekness turns,
CHRIST'S ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM.
LUKE XIX. 28.
And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which, at your entering, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat; loose him and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him ? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them. And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt? And they said, The Lord hath need of him. And they brought him to Jesus; and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. And as they went, they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of