Sidor som bilder
PDF
ePub

shouting at the top of his voice, and throwing his arms about wildly, came to the conclusion that the man must be drunk or mad, and instead of stopping the train, blew his whistle and signalled him out of the way.

Finding that all his efforts were unavailing, and that the train, instead of stopping, kept thundering on towards the place of peril, the man was at his wit's end. He knew that something must be done instantly if the train and its passengers were to be saved from destruction; and so, as a last resource, the brave fellow deliberately laid himself down across the metals. The dangerous expedient proved successful. The driver supposing that the man was intent upon self-destruction, instantly shut off the steam, applied the breaks, and ere long brought the train to a stand. The man was soon on his feet, imparting to the driver by word of mouth the information which he had failed to convey by signal. It was with a thrill of horror and gratitude that he heard that the bridge, which he had approached so near, and over which he was expecting to pass in perfect safety, was broken down. We can easily conceive how heartily and warmly he thanked the man, whom just before he had accounted mad or drunk, but who, as he now found, had nobly, and at the risk of his own life, saved that entire train of carriages from absolute destruction.

We cannot help admiring the conduct of this Savoy labourer, who, that he might save his fellow men from destruction, so bravely risked his own life. It was indeed a noble act, and is deserving of commemoration. We feel that, by thus interposing in their behalf, he earned, and doubtless secured, the warmest gratitude of all who were conveyed by that train. Speaking after the manner of men, they owed their lives to him. Had he been less prompt, less heroic, they might have all miserably perished. We have our admiration kindled as we read the brief record of an act like this.

But what after all is such an interposition as that to which we have referred, compared with the gracious and condescending intervention of our Divine Redeemer in our behalf, who, becoming our substitute surety, laid down his life for us. To save us from otherwise inevitable destruction he interposed his own precious blood. Knowing all that was before him, every pang, every agony to be endured, our Saviour was straitened till his work for us was accomplished.

“ This was compassion like a God,

That when the Saviour knew
The price of pardon was his blood,

His pity ne'er withdrew." How beautiful is Christ's own testimony to this fact ! I am the Good Shepherd : the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” 5. I lay down my life for the sheep.” “ Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life that I may take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

“ Which of all our friends, to save us,

Could, or would, have shed his blood ?
But the Saviour died to have us

Reconciled in him to God.
This was boundless love indeed !

Jesus is a friend in need." Not less distinct is the testimony borne by the great apostle of the Gentiles : "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die : yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."*

Our safety from otherwise inevitable and hopeless destruction we owe entirely to the gracious and effectual interposition of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He stepped in between us and ruin, between us and death. To Him we owe our lives. To Him we owe all that we enjoy here; all that we hope to enjoy hereafter. Nothing can be more express and unmistakeable than the testimony of Scripture on this point : “ As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”+

The warmest affections of our hearts are called forth towards the Saviour of sinners, as we believingly contemplate that love which is commended to us in so unexampled a way by his sufferings and death in our stead. “ For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead : and that he

* Rom. v. 6–8. † John iii. 14, 15.

died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again."*

As redeemed sinners-sinners redeemed by “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”—we shall never forget what we owe to Him who died that we might live.

Throughout eternity our song of praise will be ever the same : “ Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” And even then shall we feel that the theme of our song surpasses our powers of comprehension.

"Oh! never, never can we know

The Saviour's deep mysterious woe;
The secret of that anguish sore
Which wrung his blood from every pore;
The burden of that awful cry,
When he for us vouchsafed to die.
Yes, man for man perchance may brave
The horrors of the yawning grave;
And friend for friend, or child for sire,
Undaunted and unmoved expire,
From love, or piety, or pride :
But who can die as Jesus died ?
For, fainter than the pale star's ray
Before the noontide blaze of day,
Is all of love that man can know,
All that in angel breast can glow,
Compared, O blessed Lord, with thine,
Eternal, infinite, divine !"

BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN.
UTEART oppressed with griefs, and broken,
1 Vainly longing for a rest;
Lo, to you the Lord hath spoken,

He hath called the mourners blest.
Thou hast prayed and longed in sadness,

And hast sigh'd to see his face;
Oh, lift up thy heart with gladness,

For thy tears are of his grace.
All thy longings and thy pleadings

Are the voice of God within,
By his Spirit's intercedings
Breaking off the yoke of sin.

2 Cor. v. 14, 15.

[merged small][ocr errors]

BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW,

REV. XXI. 5.
DLESSED promise! Gracious Lord, 2 Cor. i. 20.

B In our souls fulfil this word; Luke i. 38.
Work in us to will, to do, Philip. ii. 13.
And in truth make all things new. 2 Cor. v. 17.
Give us hearts by thee renewed, Ezek. xxxvi. 26.
Give us wills by grace subdued, Ezek. xxxvi. 27.
New desires for things above, Col. iii. 2.
New obedience, and new love. Rom. vii. 6.
Thou new comfort canst impart, Zech. i. 17."
Send new joy to every heart, Neh. viii. 10.
Speak new peace to every brenst, John xiv. 27.
New refreshment and new rest. Matt. xi. 28.
Take from us our sin and shame, Ezek. xxxvi. 25.
Write upon us thy new name: Rev. iii. 12.
Cause thy love new hope to bring, Heb. vi. 19.
Teach us the new song to sing Rev. xiv. 3.
Entrance, Lord, to us be given 2 Peter i. 11.
Into thy new earth and heaven; Rev. xxi. 1.
There, when death our souls shall free, Philip. i. 23.
We shall live and reign with thee. Rev. xxii. 5.

[graphic][subsumed]

PUTTING GOD'S PROMISE TO THE TEST.

A WIFE'S STORY. E were very poor—worse than poor ; we were va destitute. Three children were around us, cry

ing silently, and still crying with hunger. We

had no food, had had no food for twelve hours. It was one Sunday morning of which I am telling : on the previous evening our last piece of bread had been divided among us five for supper”

DECEMBER, 1862.

« FöregåendeFortsätt »