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pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going : behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
We must show the sincerity of our love for Christ by keeping His commandments, and then He will, through His intercession with the Father, obtain for us the help and sanctification and consolations of the Holy Ghost, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, and who, unless we grieve Him, will abide with us for ever; for so hath our Blessed Saviour promised, (John xiv. 15—18,) saying
If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever ; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him : but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless : I will come
That Christian mourners should not sorrow without hope for them that sleep in Jesus, but believe that Christ, who is God and Man, the author of the resurrection and the life, and first fruits of the dead, will in the last day by His almighty power raise up all that die in the Lord, may be gathered from His conversation with the sister of Lazarus. John xi. 21-27.
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live : And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord : I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
How thankful ought we to be for our recovery, when it has pleased God in his mercy to raise us up from sickness ! But, alas ! how few are truly thankful ! how few are thankful at all! We cry unto God in time of trouble, but when he has made our pains to cease, turned our weakness to strength, and our mourning into joy, then we forget God our Saviour, we attribute not our recovery to him, our hearts are not grateful, our lips give him not the praise and honour due unto his name for all the mercy he has showed us! Oh let us be ashamed of such ingratitude, and ever follow the example of the afflicted Samaritan in the day of his restoration, as given us in the account of
The Ten Lepers healed by Christ. Luke xvii. 11-19.
And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off : And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God. And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks : And he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed ? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
The happy change which the Resurrection of Christ will effect in the condition of His saints, set forth in
Part of the Fifteenth Chapter of St. Paul's First
Epistle to the Corinthians. If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain ; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order : Christ the first fruits ; afterward they that are Christ's, at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father ; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, All things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all ? Why are they then baptized for the dead? and why stand we in jeopardy every hour? I protest by your rejoicing, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought