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mind,—but when the true glory has been love of distinction will then be fully grarevealed to the soul—when we hear the tified, aye, all the high ambitions of the celestial harp struck, and the choir of human soul will be found corresponding cherubim and crowds of angels join to to their lawful wishes-crowns of glory, celebrate the praises of some one distin- sceptres of righteousness, taking a place guished in the kingdom of heaven ;
at the head of ten cities—these are the will it be because that he has slain his objects that the scriptures hold forth to thousands and ten thousands in war?- win the heart from this low earth, and to No, it will be, perhaps, because he draw up all that is high and lofty in man, has borne some affliction with patience, to these objects for which he was created because he has endured wrong and injury and made. without returning it, because that he has May God inspire every soul here prekept the secrets of his spiritual prayer for sent with this love for glory,—may the God, and let the world know little of that Spirit from on high descend into each which passed within his soul, and con- soul, and give some foretaste of that nected it with high expectations and which is the inheritance of all those who hopes of glory,—these triumphal songs lay hold on the salvation that is freely will be sung for one who has overcome offered an inheritance reserved for them evil with good.
in heaven. Oh, what a change will then have Yes, “lift up your hearts,” and may taken place !-when humility, gentleness, every soul here reply, “we lift them up innocence, meekness—when these are the unto the Lord.” Lift them up to the hills ornaments which shine forth and adorn whence cometh your help_open, open those who are in the society of the bles- every wish, let loose every desire of the sed, and in the assembly of the saints of soul for glory, honor, and immortality, God. There is in the human mind, a and they will be fully gratified; for "eye love of distinction, there is a love of being hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath remarkable- and these are not wrong in entered into the heart of man to conceive, themselves—they are only wrong when those things which God hath prepared they are set on cheating us. But this for them that love him."
JESUS CHRIST A GRACIOUS SAVIOUR.
PREACHED IN THE PARISH CHURCH OF DELGANY,
ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 19TH, 1840,
BY THE REV. WILLIAM EDWIN ORMSBY, A.M.
Luke viii, 48.
“And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort ; thy faith hath made thee whole ; go
The circumstances connected with this that she had, and was nothing bettered interesting and affecting narrative are but rather grew worse.” This was her well known to you, my brethren ; and trial, severe, protracted, and obstinate yet not so well known or so often read, bodily suffering. Severe-as rendering but that they may be read again and the patient ceremonially unclean ; proagain with interest and profit, if accom- tracted—it was fortwelve years; obstinate panied by the Holy Spirit's teaching. -“ she was nothing bettered, but rather Vouchsafe to us, O God, the teaching grew worse.” How often may she have of the Holy Spirit this day through cried out in her sufferings, “ Lord, how Jesus Christ our Lord. Let me
long ?” Is any grief like mine ? And Ist. Very briefly allude to the narrative yet, my brethren, there was special itself.
mercy in her trial : it was well for her it 2d. Dwell more at length on the spiritual was so severe, so protracted, and so obapplication of it.
stinate; had it been less so, she might 1. The miracle to which my text re- have been healed of another physician, fers, is recorded in three of the Gospels and never have come to the Good Phywith but little variety of detail; it is sician—the delay was gracious. more fully told in St. Luke than in St. Verse 44, “ she came behind him," to Matthew, and not so fully in St. Luke as steal, as it were, a cure : she little thought, in St. Mark.
(though she did know something of Jesus) We read in the end of verse 42, “ as that he “ knew her downsitting and her he went, the people thronged him,” that uprising, that he understood her thoughts is, as he went to the ruler's house. This afar off, that he beset her behind and bemay teach us that we should ever be fore, and laid his hand upon her.” seeking opportunities to do good, whether touched the border of his garment.”
we walk by the way or sit in the house,” How came she to venture to approach after His example who “ went about Jesus? Perhaps she had heard him say, doing good.”
come unto me all ye that labour and Verse 43 states the nature of the trial are heavy laden,” and thought,“ surely which brought the sufferer to the Sa- I am one of them.” In St. Mark, verse viour—" And a woman having an issue 27, we read, " when she had heard of of blood twelve years, which had spent Jesus.” Perhaps it was from others she all her living upon physicians, neither heard of the gracious words which came could be healed of any." Compare St. from his lips : however this was, she Mark, v. 26—" had suffered many things certainly heard either from him or of of many physicians, and had spent all him, what encouraged her to go to him.
But remark the faith of this poor The remaining two verses contain the
We have her own words re- woman's trembling acknowledgment, corded, Mark v. 28, “ if I may touch “ for what cause she had touched him, but his clothes, I shall be whole," Oh, and how she was healed immediately,” woman, may we not say great was thy and Jesus' parting word, daughter." faith. This single act showed her faith Oh! what oil and wine to her wounded in Jesus as God. She trusted in his soul! It was like what he must have felt power as above man's, as superior to that (Matthew ix. 2), to whom Jesus said, of all she had consulted before. They son, be of good cheer,” “ be of good had had every opportunity of examining comfort.” Well she might when so adthe case, of varying the remedies, of con- dressed. Had she returned as she came sulting together ; but He had none, and with her bodily disease, she might have yet she felt that a single touch, not of gone on her way rejoicing, since he called himself, but of his garment, nay, the her daughter. The trial would have border of his garment, would heal in a assumed entirely a different aspect; inmoment what their united skill for twelve stead of being that which made her afraid years had failed to remove. And so it and ashamed, it would now have been was, for we read "
immediately her issue that in which she might “glory, knowof blood stanched ;” she became per- ing that tribulation (so coming) worketh fectly well in an instant; Jesus Christ
patience, and patience experience, and was a sure refuge, although the last,
experience hope.” “ Thy faith hath for God, his work is perfect."
made thee whole; go in peace." Verse 46, “ And Jesus said, somebody she came a poor unhappy outcast ; she hath touched me, for I perceive that went an adopted child of God, an heir virtue is gone out of me.” So it is, my of glory. She came weeping ; she went brethren, secret faith is as well known to rejoicing, bearing sheaves of blessing Jesus as secretsin. Many a soul is known with her. to Jesus, which seems to be hidden in a
Let us now come to consider crowd.
Saul of Tarsus was known, Il. The spiritual application of all when in secret he retired to pray imme- this. There is a striking parallel bediately after his conversion, “ behold,” tween her case and ours; and it is surely said the Lord of him to Ananias, “ be- recorded for our instruction, not only hold he prayeth.” Nathaniel was known that we may admire the Lord's dealings to Jesus when he too retired (probably to her, but come to the same Saviour for to meditate on the word), “ before that ourselves. Of Abel we read, Philip called thee, when thou wast under being dead, yet speaketh.” So of this the fig-tree, I saw thee.” Yes, and if woman it may be said, she speaketh to on entering this church, a prayer of faith us of Jesus, and seems to say to every was offered up in that important moment one in this assembly, “ O taste and see before service begins, by any here assem- that the Lord is good, blessed is the man bled, for a blessing on the word—that that trusteth in him.” prayer was heard—Jesus knows it. Yes, 1. The first point that I would refer and if in the poorest cottage there be one to in the application of this narrative is, who, though “poor in this world, is rich that her bodily disease is an emblem of in faith,” Jesus knows such a one; and our spiritual diseases; her disorder renif in our crowded schools, there be one dered her unclean, and we are child whose heart has been drawn to
an unclean thing ;" “ we have left undone Jesus, and one who trusts in his atoning what we ought to have done, and done sacrifice as his or her only hope, that what we ought not to have done, and this child is known to Jesus. In all these because there is no health in us,” and cases, as well as in that before us, Jesus therefore we need Jesus, the Good Phyperceives that virtue is gone out of him sician, as much as she did. There is not to that soul.
an infant whose playful smile, as he lies
« all as
in his mother's arms, seems
to indi- | faith, and have since departed in peace, cate all is innocent within, but needs having seen Christ's salvation. Jesus Christ. There is not a child 2. Again, like the woman who came taught in the infant school to lisp the to Jesus, we bring nothing with us but name of Jesus, but needs to be washed misery and want. What had she? Obin Jesus' blood. There is not any one serve, she had spent all, so that Jesus, the of any age, or in any circumstances, any Good Physician, demanded nothing from one (I repeat it) so amiable, so lovely, so her for the cure wrought in her. It is so beloved, but needs Christ's atoning sacri- with us, my brethren; we are to bring fice. We all need Christ; and as in her no payment to Christ; he demands none: case none but Jesus could remove the let us hear his own words, Isa. lv. ldisease, so in ours,
“ there is none other" Ho every one that thirsteth, come ye name under heaven given among men, to the waters, and he that hath no money, whereby we must be saved”
come ye, buy, and eat; yea come, buy “ None but Jesus
wine and milk without money and withCan do helpless sinners good." This we see every day. We cannot do out price.” And again, Rev. xxii, 17, people good, real good, solid, permanent
“ and the Spirit and the Bride say come ; good, till we bring them to Jesus.
and let him that heareth say come ; and I do in my heart believe, is every attempt let him that is athirst come; and whosoto do people lasting good but through the ever will, let him take the water of life Gospel : this is “ good tidings of great
freely.” joy"—this is good—this brings “glory
The salvation of the soul is a free gift, to God in the highest, and on earth peace.”
“the gift of God is eternal life through The words seem still to sound in our
Jesus Christ"_“if thou knewest (said Oh that they may now reach the Christ) the gift of God, and who it is that hearts of all who have hitherto neglected saith to thee, give me to drink, thou
wouldest have asked of him, and he would so great salvation !
This day, my brethren, I proclaim to you as an am
have given thee living water.” And bassador for Christ, these glad tidings : what need I say more? no more does the to you is born a Saviour, and just the Lord demand payment by works, or penSaviour you all need—“ look unto him ances, or any thing of the kind, in order and be saved”_" take hold of his to the obtaining salvation, than Elisha strength, and so you shall have peace !"
demanded money of Naaman, or Moses
Elisha said, “go I was saying the Gospel was not only of the bitten Israelite. a means of bringing real and lasting wash in Jordan seven times ;” Moses digood to all who received it, but the only rected the Israelite to look to the serpent
This was strikingly exemplified of brass ; and Jesus says, “ look to me in the Greenland mission; for several and be ye saved, all the ends of the years attempts had been made to civilise earth ;"_" as Moses lifted up the serand moralise, apart from the Gospel, the pent in the wilderness, even so must the poor ignorant Greenlanders, but all in Son of Man be lifted up, that whosoever vain. Like the woman we have been believeth on him, should not perish but speaking and hearing of, they grew
have everlasting life.” If any, like “ nothing better, but rather worse.'
Naaman, are angry at the statement of the After fifteen years, the Gospel of Jesus freeness of the Gospel, (and it does irriin its simplicity was proclaimed; the
tate the natural heart of the unconverted) spiritual disease was brought to Jesus, I would reason with them this day, I “ How beautiful were the feet of them would persuade them if possible, as
Naaman's servants did their master, who brought good tidings, that published
“ How much rather !”_we
see many peace.” Even in Greenland hearts were touched, and souls were converted; even
around us doing “great things” in order here many were saved by grace through to be saved, “ How much rather” ought
we one and all to whom the Gospel is , evil spreads itself, public means are, one proclaimed, “ wash and be clean.” by one, neglected—the soul declines.
3. Like her when we do come to The case my brethren is possible. It is Jesus, when we are drawn by the Spirit, possible to be alive and not be in good (otherwise we shall never come) he will health—it is so with the soul, it is possiin no wise cast us out.—In no wise it is ble to be believers in Jesus, and yet, so contrary to his nature to do so for what weak, so cold, so faithless, that the Holy is his nature ? As to his power ? He is Spirit is grieved, and the declining chris« able to save to the uttermost all who tian is a stumbling block to the world, come unto God by him.” As to his
and an injury to the church. Well, to willingness ? “ how oft would I have ga- you too my brethren, if any answering this thered you” he said to the Jews, and says description be present, Christ is a gracious to the Gentiles too,—"and ye would Saviour. His word to you is “return," not ?" He waits to be gracious! How as his word to the unconverted is “come.” encouraging is this: we may suppose To both I would say in the language of the ruler Jairus was in sad suspense all the the prophet Hosea (chap. vi. 1.) time this interview was taking place—but and let us return." The Lord Jesus dethe Lord's delays are not denials. What lights to bring back the straying sheep; at the time, perhaps, pained Jarius whose for the time he seems to love it better daughter “lay a dying,” presently encou- than the ninety and nine who were safe raged him to tarry the Lord's leisure. in the fold. He loves to welcome the
And to us too, it is most encouraging returning prodigal—for the time, he to hear and read of Jesus' acts of mercy seems to love him better than the elder and love, as recorded in this and other brother who was ever with him.'passages of the Gospel history. He is This is speaking to us after the manner “the same yesterday, to-day, and for of men, in compassion to our infirmities. ever.” It is his property “always to have Let none say, 'I am so weak, so oppresmercy.” He never sends any empty sed by sickness, so full of care, that I away who come in faith to him: and cannot come'-what, so weak as not to if at the last day those who hear the sen- come for strength—so ill as not to need tence depart,” were to be recalled and a physician? And to such a Saviour ! the question put to each—“ did you EVER “ He will not break the bruised reed, nor in real earnest seek salvation through the quench the smoking flax." Saviour of sinners ?” each would have to He loves to see in his people great say, NEVER! and heaven's courts would re- faith, but he does not despise little faith; echo, NEVER!—and through eternity hell while he points his hand to the Centurion would re-echo, NEVER! for he“ and says of him, “ I have not found so said to any, seek my face in vain.” great faith,” he “stretched out his hand”
And why is it, so few come to seek a to sinking Peter, and said, “O thou of Saviour now? Why refuse to hear the little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt ?" charmer's voice now? It must be by But even more : Jesus is a gracious Sareason of some counter charm !—it is viour to his own people who abide in even so, St. Paul tells us in this (2 Cor. him as the branch in the vine. Glorious iv. 4.) “The god of this world hath things are spoken of Thee 0 Blessed blinded the minds of them that believe Saviour towards thine own people.not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel “ He knoweth their frame," —He “can of Christ, who is the image of God, be touched with the feeling of their infirshould shine into them.”—This keeps mities. He is not ashamed to call them men from Jesus in the first instance, and brethren,” “ He sticketh closer than a draws them back, often, afterwards. Yes, brother,"
"" His secret is with them that there is such a thing as going back in fear him ;' and as he confides his secret religion, leaving our “first love”- this
to them, they are encouraged to confide leads to neglect of secret prayer, the all their secrets to him, and like the poor