Labour in vain

Labour in vain



‘Jonah said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not.’ Jonah 1:12-13

Suggested Further Reading: Matthew 12:38-42

Jesus came down into this ship of our common humanity to deliver it from tempest. The vessel had been tossed about on all sides by the waves of divine wrath. Men had been tugging and toiling at the oar; year after year philosopher and teacher had been seeking to establish peace with God; victims had been offered and rivers of blood had flowed, and even the first-born of manâ’s body had been offered up; but the deep was still tempestuous. But Jesus came, and they took him and cast him overboard. Out of the city they dragged him; Away with him, away with him, it is not fit that he should live.  As he, Jesus dies, there is a calm. Deep was the peace which fell upon the earth that dreadful day; and joyous is that calm which yet shall come as the result of the casting out of that representative man who suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.  Brethren I wish I had suitable words with which I could fitly describe the peace which comes to a human heart when we learn to see Jesus cast into the sea of divine wrath on our account. Conscience accuses no longer. Judgment now decides for the sinner instead of against him. Memory can look back upon past sins, with sorrow for the sin it is true, but yet with no dread of any penalty to come. It is a blessed thing for a man to know that he cannot be punished, that heaven and earth may shake, but he cannot be punished for his sin.

For meditation: Jonah was a type of Christ. He was sent by God (Jonah 1:1-2; 1 John 4:10); sacrificed as God’s gift to save the perishing (Jonah 1:6,11-15; John 3:16); swallowed and buried (Jonah 1:17; 1 Corinthians 15:4a); surfacing again (Jonah 2:10; 1 Corinthians 15:4b); successful (Jonah 3:5,10; Luke 24:46-47). At every point a greater than Jonas is here (Matthew 12:41).

Sermon no. 567
1 May (1864)

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Christ glorified as the builder of his church

Christ glorified as the builder of his church



He shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory

 Zechariah 6:13

Suggested Further Reading: Revelation 19:1-10

This glory is undivided glory. In the church of Christ in heaven, no one is glorified but Christ. He who is honoured on earth has some one to share the honour with him, some inferior helper who laboured with him in the work; but Christ has none. He is glorified, and it is all his own glory. Oh, when you get to heaven, you children of God, will you praise any but your Master? Calvinists, today you love John Calvin; will you praise him there? Lutherans, today you love the memory of that stern reformer; will you sing the song of Luther in heaven? Followers of Wesley, you revere that evangelist; will you in heaven have a note for John Wesley? None, none, none! Giving up all names and all honours of men, the strain shall rise in undivided and unjarring unison Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, unto him be glory for ever and ever. But again; he shall have all the glory; all that can be conceived, all that can be desired, all that can be imagined shall come to him. Today, you praise him, but not as you can wish; in heaven you shall praise him to the summit of your desire. Today you see him magnified, but you see not all things put under him; in heaven all things shall acknowledge his dominion. There every knee shall bow before him, and every tongue confess that he is Lord. He shall have all the glory. But to conclude on this point; this glory is continual glory. It says he shall bear all the glory. When shall this dominion become exhausted? When shall this promise be so fulfilled that it is put away as a worn out garment? Never.

For meditation: Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  (Matthew 6:13). Can you really say Amen to this?

Sermon no. 191
2 May (1858)

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