Where is the top-stone?

Joseph attacked by the archers

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The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel)

 Genesis 49:23,24

Suggested Further Reading: Acts 4:1-12

The stone which the builders refused is become the headstone of the corner.  It is said that when Solomon,s temple was being built, all the stones were brought from the quarry ready cut and fashioned, and there was marked on all the blocks the places where they were to be put. Amongst the stones was a very curious one; it seemed of no describable shape, it appeared unfit for any portion of the building. They tried it at this wall, but it would not fit; they tried it in another, but it could not be accommodated; so, vexed and angry, they threw it away. The temple was so many years building, that this stone became covered with moss, and grass grew around it. Everybody passing by laughed at the stone; they said Solomon was wise, and doubtless all the other stones were right; but as for that block, they might as well send it back to the quarry, for they were quite sure it was meant for nothing. Year after year rolled on, and the poor stone was still despised, the builders constantly refused it. The eventful day came when the temple was to be finished and opened, and the multitude was assembled to see the grand sight. The builders said,  Where is the top-stone? Where is the pinnacle? They little thought where the crowning marble was, until some one said, Perhaps that stone which the builders refused is meant to be the top-stone.  They then took it, and hoisted it to the top of the house; and as it reached the summit, they found it well adapted to the place. Loud hosannas made the heavens ring, as the stone which the builders refused became the headstone of the corner. So is it with Christ Jesus.

For meditation: To begin with, man saw to it that the first shall be last; in the end God saw to it that the last shall be first. Where do you place the Lord Jesus Christ?

Sermon no. 17
2 April (Preached 1 April 1855)

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CROSSROADS

Travelling expenses on the two great roads…

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So he paid the fare thereof.

Jonah 1:3

Suggested Further Reading:

Haggai 1:1-15

With all your kicking and rebelling, you will have to go where you were originally ordered to go; you might as well go at first you will go with better grace; you will go with your master’s comfortable presence; but you will have to go one way or another. Many men have found this true. They have struggled against duty, and perhaps, year after year they have drawn back from it, finding miserable excuses for their consciences; but they never prospered in business, they could not get on in the world, they had trouble on trouble, and at last it came to this, they had to go back to the very place where they were ten or twenty years ago, and there they discharged the duty which they had been so long seeking to avoid, which had proved a burdensome stone unto them until they were rid of it by yielding to its demands. Now, my dear brother, do not play the Jonah, for you will have to pay the fare of it. If you know your duty, do it. I may be speaking very pointedly to some of you.  I should have to sever the bonds of many a fond connection.  Do it for Christ’s sake.  I should have to leave the camp and go outside of it, take up a very heavy cross, and bear Christ’s reproach.  You may as well do it now as by and by, for you will have to do it. But, says one, this business of mine, I have nothing left to live upon; I feel it is a bad business, but I do not like to give it up just yet.  You will have to do so sooner or later, you may as well do it now, before, like Jonah, you have had to pay for your wit; remember that.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and a good understanding have all they that keep his commandments.

For meditation: Delayed obedience to God includes an initial period of disobedience. Better late than never (Matthew 21:28-32), but instant obedience is the best course of action (Psalm 119:60).

He claims my will, that I may prove
How swift obedience answers love.

Sermon no. 622
2 April (1865)

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CHRIST IS RISEN

He’s alive!

HE IS RISEN

HE IS RISEN

 

 

Up from the Grave He Arose!

God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life again, for death could not keep him in its grip.

Acts 2:24
Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior! Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

Death cannot keep his prey, Jesus my Savior! He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior! Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’re His foes; He arose a Victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His saints to reign, He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Christ Arose Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

Always hearing music

It’s hard to match this hymn for sheer drama. The first stanza begins dismally, then strikes a note of hope, and then the chorus explodes with joy. The music itself comes rising up from the depths and celebrates on high.

Robert Lowry wrote both the words and music to this hymn in 1874. At the time, he was professor of literature at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and pastor of a nearby church. He had written other hymn tunes and texts as he practiced his passion for poetry and song. “Sometimes the music comes and the words follow,” he explained once. “I watch my moods, and when anything strikes me, whether words or music, no matter where I am, at home, on the street, I jot it down. My brain is sort of a spinning machine, for there is music running through it all the time.”

Our “Resurrection Week” readings are adapted from The One Year® Book of Hymns by Mark Norton and Robert Brown, Tyndale House Publishers (1995). Today’s is taken from the entry for April 9.

 

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