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On the interment of a wife in a domestie cemetery
On an infant prepared for the grave
Pilgritas
Prayer, life of
Paulo vision at Troas
Preaching Christ
Reasons for inutual encouragement and cooperation
Gaviotr, the
Sunday schools, a danger incident to
Kalvation, the cup of
pints in prison
Kleeping child
Spirit of improvement
Time, insensibility to the flight of
The young ruler of Judea
Views of the material creation, &c.
Vision of the Monadnoc
Vindication of God's emphatic approval of David

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We are apt, I fear, to let the long period which has elapsed since our blessed Lord's residence on earth have a separating and distancing influence upon our feelings towards him. It is almost inevitable, indeed, that this circumstance should produce something of this effect. It is not possible for us to have the same intensity of interest in the Saviour personally,—to feel ourselves brought so near to him, as, almost without effort, we should, if we had shared his society, had sat and listened to his heavenly instructions, his faithful reproofs, his affectionate expressions of sympathy and attachment. What a privilege his immediate disciples must have had in being able to take their places near to him,-offer him the most delicate offices of kindness, and have them received as pleasing to him ;-to have him, whom they revered so much, willing to associate them with him in his great labors and sufferings,-to have him call them his friends and remember them in his prayers. Certainly these were circumstances which must have kindled in their breasts such a flame of love for their divine Master

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as we can never expect to feel ; and there is abundant evidence that they did feel a glowing attachment and devotedness to him, which seemed to absorb their whole souls. In the most cursory perusal of the New Testament there is nothing more remarkable, than the deep personal interest, and the vivid feeling of nearness to their departed Lord, which pervaded, inspired and controlled the minds of the writers. Having all of them probably seen him,-those of them who were Apostles having received their high commission directly from him, -and most of them having lived in close habits of intimacy with him during his ministry on earth, it could not be but that, besides the value they put upon his religion, they should be strongly attached to him personally. His memory could not but be deeply impressed on their hearts ; they could not but act with a perpetual reference to his approbation. He must have been all in all to them ;-the great object of their thoughts and affections ;-their intimate connexion with him must have been worth more to them than all earthly blessings. There was nothing extravagant in the ardent language of St Paul,-“I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord.” It was only the natural and sober expression of his feelings. Any of us, in his circumstances, could not have spoken less strongly, were our affections as much engaged as they ought to be. Indeed, placed as we are, at the distance of so many centuries from the time of Christ's dwelling upon earth,—deprived of the evidence of our senses to the truth of the gospel history, and unblessed with direct, personal observation of the Saviour, and intercourse with him,-laboring under all these disadvantages, we still

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may, by the faithful and prayerful study of the sacred scriptures, attain to a devotedness of attachment to our blessed Lord,-a deep feeling of interest in him, an almost conscious union of our spirits with his, which may be of inestimable service to us, and which, for worlds, we would not give up. We surely cannot read the gospel in a right temper, we cannot enter into the spirit of it, if it does not have the effect to awaken in us a lively feeling of interest in the character and sufferings of Christ, and of his sustaining a near and most important relation to us. We certainly may find in those sacred books reason enough to give him a large place in our hearts. He has done things for us which ought for ever to endear him to us;—things which no one else could do. Had it not been for what he has done for us, we should now have been wandering in ignorance and error, sunk in licentiousness and vice, without the knowledge of our Father in heaven brought into our minds, or love for him called forth in our hearts. These great spiritual blessings we owe to the Lord Jesus. It was for us, as a part of the great family of God, that he toiled and suffered and died, ---setting us that holy and spotless example, so full of loftiness of soul, of meekness, patience and submission to God's will, so full of prayer and faith in the infinite Father, so full of condescension and love to men, -so full of a living and dying sacrifice of himself,-it was for us that he did and suffered all this, that we, by following in his steps, might be saved from the power of sin over us ;-and, when he had thus done all that he could do for us, he still showed himself concerned for us, by commending us to an Almighty Protector. He did not forget us in his prayers while he was on earth ; neither

does he now forget us; he is our intercessor and advocate with the Father of our spirits. Surely we ought to feel some interest in one who felt and who continues to feel so much for us. We ought not to let the circumstance of his having lived on earth long since, shut him out from our affections. We ought to do what we can to bring him to dwell by faith in our hearts ;-to live and act as if we were constantly in his presence; as if we were in the situation of his immediate disciples and friends,—John or. Peter, or Lazarus or Mary. We should aim not only to do his commands, but to do them with a constant reference to his approbation; to watch for the expressions of his opinion of us with the most anxious concern. My brethren, I consider a strong feeling of our being closely and intimately connected with our Lord Jesus to be at once, in itself natural and proper for us, and at the same time of vital importance to the attainment of the true christian character.

1. In the first place, this is a perfectly reasonable, natural and proper feeling, for every humble believer in Christ to entertain ;-as much so as it was natural and reasonable for the disciples who were always about him to cherish it. There is no reason which makes this feeling proper or suitable to the immediate attendants and followers of the blessed Jesus which does not render it equally so to

They sustained no relation to him which could attach them to him nearer, than the same relation should bring us. He was their Lord and Teacher; they were his servants and disciples. He is the same to us as he was to them ; we are the same to him as they were. When, as he was about leaving them, he called them his friends, he gave them this endearing title on grounds

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