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"Upon one stone shall be seven eyes" — Zechariah 3:9.

The Lord Jesus is often called a stone, and seldom without some attribute of distinction. Thus Peter calls him, "A living stone," and Isaiah, "A tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation." And here the use of him is announced. He is the basis to sustain the complete salvation of the Church of God, which is his house, his temple. Of such a structure how great would be the fall. The crash would be heard beyond the stars. But what can bear up for ever the weight of such an edifice? Our worthiness, and works? Our righteousness, and strength? Better would the sliding sand, the leaf of autumn, the down of the thistle, support St. Paul's cathedral, or one of the pyramids of Egypt, or the pillars of the earth. But He is infinitely equal to the importance of his station, and whoso believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

But let us observe the notice he was to excite and engage: "Upon one stone shall be seven eyes." Seven is not to be taken here literally. It is what the Jews call a perfect number, and is designed to indicate a great multitude. Thus God says, If ye walk contrary to me, I also will walk contrary to you, and will punish you seven times for your iniquities; that is, often and severely. Shall I forgive my brother, says Peter, until seven times?

Let us look at a little of the accomplishment. The eye of God was upon him. No finite understanding can conceive the complacency He had in contemplating him, while achieving the redemption of his people, and finishing the work that was given him to do, "In whom," says He, "my soul delighteth."

We read of an innumerable company of angels. The eyes of these were upon him. He was seen of angels. They announced, and carolled his birth. They ministered to him in the wilderness.

"Through all his travels here below
They did his steps attend;
Oft gaz'd, and wonder'd where at last,
The scene of love would end.

Around the bloody tree
They press'd, with strong desire
That wond'rous sight to see — The Lord of Life expire;
And, could their eyes have known a tear,
Had dropp'd it there, in sad surprise."

The eye of Satan was upon him. He watched him through life, hoping to make a prey of him, as he had done of the first Adam. But here was the Lord of heaven. And he found nothing in him.

The eyes of men were upon him. Simeon saw him, and wished to see nothing else. Blind Bartimeus saw him, and followed him in the way. Judas saw him closely, for three years, and confessed that he had betrayed innocent blood. Pilate saw him judicially, and said, "I am pure from the blood of that just man." The Centurion watched him in death, and said. This man was the Son of God. And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned. Mary, his mother, was standing by the cross — she saw him; and what were her emotions when she viewed the head, that had oft reposed upon her bosom, fall upon his shoulder, and yielding up the ghost! After his resurrection, then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord. Have not I seen Christ? says Paul. Yes; and even at mid-day he shone above the brightness of the sun.

And, how many thousands and millions have seen him since, not with the eye of the body, but of the mind; not with the eye of sense, but of faith. Indeed, this is the grand essential: "He that seeth the Son, and believeth on him, hath everlasting life." The one single design of the Gospel and all the ordinances of religion, is to bring the eyes of men to fix upon him, for there is salvation in no other. He, therefore, cries, "Behold me! behold me!" Every minister endeavours only to awaken attention to him; saying, with John, "Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world!"

Ah, Christians, it is your grief, not that you are so little known and regarded, but that so few eyes are upon him. But more are viewing him than you are aware of. And, soon, Jews shall look upon him whom they have pierced, and "Gentiles shall come to his light, and kings to the brightness of his rising. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him, and all nations shall serve him."

And, in another world, he is all in all. There he draws every eye, and employs every tongue. There his servants shall serve him, and they shall see his face, and his Name shall be on their forehead. O glorious hope! "It doth not yet appear what we shall be;" but this we know, that "when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as HE IS."

Morning Exercises For Everyday In The Year
By Rev. William Jay

 
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