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in the beginning with God-in the bosom of the Father. In him God was well pleased. He was rich-the heir of all things. He was honored, for all angels are bidden to do him homage. He was higher than angels, more glorious than cherubim and seraphim. God loved him with a deep, and divine, and an undying love.
God loved the world-Mankind. Creatures made of dust-worms of earth, frail mortals-sinners who had broken his law-rebels who had despised his gracetransgressors who had blasphemed his name-murderers who had slain his prophets enemies who had hated him and his laws without an excuse or a reason for itmen that were vile and polluted and unholy-men who abused mercy and despised kindness, and trampled on forbearance and rejected long suffering and wearied love,-God loved them still..
"God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son." Not an angel high and mighty. Not a cherub glorious and holy. Not a seraph bright and beauteous, but his Son-"the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." The brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person. He gave his Son. Gave him to become poor and an outcast-gave him to be an humble babe, the tenant of a manger. Gave him to be a houseless wanderer in this weary world. Gave him to be abused, tempted, persecuted and despised. Gave him to be subject to toil and labor, to tears and sighs, to groans and agonies and pains. Gave him to be a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Gave him to spend his days in wearisome labors and his nights in tearful prayer. Gave him to be frowned upon by pride and oppressed by power. Gave him to be a companion of publicans and sinners-a fellow of the lowly and the wretched. Gave him to be derided, betrayed, denied. smitten, crowned with thorns, scourged, buffeted and blasphemed. Gave him to agonize in Gethsemane, amid tears and groans and bloody sweat. Gave him to be condemned and crucified on Calvary, amid scoffs and taunts and jeers. Gave him to bleed and suffer, and groan, and plead, and die. Man! Would you give your
son to suffer thus for an enemy? Yet God so loved the world that he did all this.
God did this that whosoever believeth in him should not perish.
No light played unto dust thou "The soul that
Our hope was darkness and death. about the tomb. "Dust thou art and shalt return," was the doom of man. sinneth it shall die," was the law that revealed our destiny. God would not have us perish. He would have us saved. So he gave his Son, that whosoever BELIEVETH in him should not perish. Think of that. Do you believe? "I am unworthy." Hark, does it say whosoever is worthy, or righteous, or moral, or respectable, or rich, or great, or wise, or learned? No! whosoever BELIEVETH. Only believe. Come, lay the hand of faith upon the head of your Sacrifice and confess your guilt before the Lord. Whosoever believeth. That means me. "I do believe." That means you, Lord help your unbelief. Whosoever-publicans, harlots, thieves, robbers, adulterers, villians of every grade, young and old, rich and poor, bond and free. Come! BELIEVE in Christ. Believe
and be saved!
"That whosoever believeth should not PERISH, but have everlasting life." "Life-life--eternal LIFE." Let it ring in your ears. Let it sink into your heart. Dying man! Christ hath abolished death, and brought LIFE and immortality to light in the gospel! Mourning soul ! Christ is "the resurrection and the life." He that believeth "hath everlasting life." O, take hold of it now. Look and live, and live forever. Everlasting life—how wide, how vast, how boundless! Life like the years of God. Life in unwithering beauty and undecaying strength. Life that shall roll on its ceaseless tide throughout the cycles of eternity! You may have it! I may have it. When the world passes away-time is gone the earth judged and the saints saved, you and I may live on, and on, and on throughout the mighty roll of everlasting ages!
Perishing sinner, secure that life-flee for refuge an lay hold upon the hope set before you. Let the meltings
of love draw you near to the cross of Christ. Let the terrors of approaching destruction hasten your tardy penitence. O, speed thee away from the thorny paths of sin and sorrow to the holy way that leads to rest in God. Let the love of Christ draw your soul by a sweet and holy band-let it link you forever to the loving and the pure-let it draw you away from all the pleasures of sin, and make you to find your holiest rest in the peace and favor of the God of love.
Why will you die? God offers you ETERNAL LIFE. Christ died to purchase it. God gave his Son that you might have it, O wondrous word! Will you believe it? To you is this word of salvation sent. I believe it, and though a wretched sinner, I have found "peace in believing." I tell it to you. O, believe it, and be forever saved. Come to God, who loves you so well. Come, through Christ, who died for you. Come and escape the dread results of sin. Come and escape the damnation of hell. Come, and you shall not perish, but you shall have everlasting life.
H. L. H.
GO IN PEACE.
THUS said Jesus to one who came and stood behind him, weeping, and who had washed his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head. Sinful as she was, Jesus pitied her, and her sins, which were many, were forgiven. And this was the parting word that fell like balm upon her bruised and broken heart, "Thy faith hath saved thee-go in peace." Luke vii, 50. "I, too, am a sinner, and I would go in peace. But how can I hear this word? I who have wandered long in doubt and anguish, is there not some place where Ι can hear this word of comfort and of joy? Whence can I go, and go in peace?" Not from scenes of sin--not from haunts of revelry-not from places of dissipation. No man ever left these places to "go in peace." Not from the ball-room--the place of pleasure-the gaming-tablethe place of rage and passion, and wrath and strife. No, from these places men often go without peace. Not from the chambers of lust. Not from the polluted abodes of harlotry and drunkenness. Nay, nay, man, whoever thou art who hast tried these springs of pollution, thou hast never gone from them in peace! Nor is it from the battlefield, with its groans ringing in the ear and its carnage affrighting the eye. Nor from the tumultuous paths of covetousness and pride. Not from the wild pursuit of worldly treasures. No,-from these things no voice shall bid thee go in peace!
"Where must I start if I would 'go in peace'"? From Jesus' feet. Go there first. Bathe his feet with tears of penitence. Lay yourself all polluted in his presence. Cast all your care upon him. Ask for his pardon and implore his blessing. Pour out before him your cries for mercy, and never leave the "throne of grace till he has said, "thy sins, which are many, are forgiven thee." "But may such a sinner as I come?" Yes, this woman was a sinner, too, yet she came to Jesus' very feet, while he reclined at meat at the pharisee's house. She was a sinner, an open, a notorious sinner, and the
Pharisees thought he could not be a prophet, for, if he had been, he would have known that she was a sinner, and spurned her from his presence. But Jesus reproved them and pardoned her. Yes, she who came in vile and wretched, and stood weeping behind him--she who could only kiss his feet and bathe them with her tears— she who was openly known and abhorred as a sinner, went forth from Jesus' feet, a ransomed woman, and to her Jesus Christ said, "go in peace!"
O ye polluted ones! there is one place from whence you can "go in peace," from Jesus' feet. Go, pour your tears of penitence and your prayers of faith before his throne of grace. Go, weep out all the agony of your sin-burdened conscience before his face, and then you shall hear the blessed Jesus say, "go in peace."
"But those around will have no confidence in me. They know my sins." So did the people know that this woman was a sinner- they would have spurned her, but Jesus did not. He could read the tale of sorrow that was written in those dim and tearful eyes. He could still the dark tide of anguish that was rising to overwhelm that burdened spirit-He could forgive sin. He could say "go in peace! "He can do so now. O make the trial, thou heavy-hearted sinner!-cast yourself at his feet, crave his mercy, and be saved by his grace.
"But I have no good works to present before the Lord." Neither had she. Jesus does not say thy righteousness hath saved thee, but "thy faith." It was not her acts before she came, but her humble, penitent confidence in coming, that was approved by Christ. He had bidden the sinful to come! and while some were doubting and some were delaying, she had believed his word and came weeping to his very feet, and to her he said, "thy FAITH hath SAVED thee, go in peace."
Thy faith hath saved thee. Not thy feelings, thy tears, thy works, thy righteousness, thy promises, thy purposes, thy hopes, or thy fears, but thy FAITH. Come, then, to Christ, ye who have nothing about you but your needs to recommend yourselves to him. "Money ye need