Saturday, February 27, 2016

.....Could a true Israelite ever tire of hearing of what the Lord had done for him, in Egypt, in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness?  Never!  Such themes would be ever fresh, ever welcome to his heart.  And just so with the Christian.  Can he ever tire of the cross and all the grand and glorious realities that cluster around it?  Can he ever tire of Christ, His peerless glories and unsearchable riches, His Person, His work, His offices?  Never!  No, never, throughout the bright ages of eternity.  Does he crave anything new?  Can science improve upon Christ? can human learning add aught to the great mystery of godliness, which has for its foundation God manifest in the flesh, and for its top-stone a Man glorified in heaven? can we ever get beyond this?  No, reader, we could not if we would, and we would not if we could.
     And even were we, for a moment, to take a lower range, and look at the works of God in creation; do we ever tire of the sun?  He is not new; he has been pouring his beams upon this world for well-nigh six thousand years, and yet those beams are as fresh and as welcome today as they were when first created.  Do we ever tire of the sea?  It is not new; its tide has been ebbing and flowing for nearly six thousand years, but its waves are as fresh and as welcome on our shores as ever.  True, the sun is often too dazzling to man's feeble vision, and the sea often swallows up, in a moment, man's boasted works; but yet the sun and the sea never lose their power, their freshness, their charm.  Do we ever tire of the dew-drops that fall in refreshing virtue upon our gardens and fields? do we ever tire of the perfume that emanates from our hedge-rows? do we ever tire of the notes of the nightingale and the thrush?  And what are all these when compared with the glories which cluster around the Person and the cross of Christ? what are they when put in contrast with the grand realities of that eternity which is before us?
                                                                                                                                     C. H. Mackintosh

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