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"But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you." — Mark 16:7

These are the words of the angel who had descended from heaven to attend his rising Lord. They were addressed to Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome. These women had honoured the Saviour, and he honoured them. They were the first to receive the announcement of his resurrection, and the first to report it.

But observe, they were to carry the news, not to the Chief Priests and Pharisees, not to Pilate, not to Herod. It was just to leave these men in the darkness they loved. They rebelled against the light; and no evidence would have convinced those who had already seen his miracles, and believed not. But his disciples, though timid and weak, and imperfect, were sincere. They had forsaken all to follow him. Their very doubting arose from the greatness of their love, and sorrow had now filled their hearts. They would, therefore, welcome the intelligence, and be influenced by it, as his followers and witnesses.

But why is Peter distinctively mentioned? Because he was the chief of the Apostles? So far from it, the distinction reminds us of his humiliation. He had fallen by his iniquity, and after the most solemn warnings and professions, he had denied his Master, with oaths and curses. But the look in the judgment-hall had broken his heart, and made him go out and weep bitterly. He was now on the verge of despair, and ready to say, perhaps was even now saying, Ah, he will disown me, and righteously disown me, for ever. The angel's naming him, therefore on this occasion, was as much as to say, "The Saviour has not cast thee off; he has not forgotten to be gracious. He does not break a bruised read, nor quench the smoking flax, but will send forth judgment unto victory." It also conveyed an intimation to his brethren that they were to follow his example, and "endeavour to restore such an one in the spirit of meekness, considering themselves lest they also were tempted."

The message, more than announcing his resurrection, added, that he would go before them into Galilee. In vain we ask how he passed thither. He had the power to appear, and disappear, and to transport himself from place to place, as he pleased, in a moment of time. But what led him down so many miles from Jerusalem? Was it to intimate his forsaking that guilty city? Woe unto you when I depart from you. Or was it to call them off from the strife and cruelties of their enemies? It was comparatively a place of security and concealment. Or was it, that their journeying down separately, or with each other, might bring them to recollection, and recover them from their late cowardice and unbelief? Was it to tell them to withdraw, in order to be in the way of intercourse with him? It was a despised place; would he teach them to rise above local and vulgar prejudices, and to call nothing common or unclean? It is certain that he had been much in Galilee himself, and had many followers there. And this accounts for the largeness of the assembly, for the Apostles would naturally inform his friends there of this expected interview. Hence he was now seen of above five hundred brethren at once; many of whom were living when Paul wrote to the Corinthians, though some had fallen asleep.

His promise, that they should see him there, would prove a test of their faith and affection. If they valued the sight of him, and believed his word, they would certainly repair thither. Accordingly they did repair thither, and there was He! Let us apply this to ourselves. There are means and ordinances which he has established. In these he has engaged to be found of those that seek him. If we rely on his truth, and desire communion with him, we shall gladly avail ourselves of them. And shall we, can we be disappointed if we do? Has he ever said to the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me, in vain? He has often been better than his word, but who ever found him worse? Let us go, therefore, to his Throne, and to his House, with full and lively expectation. "In all places where I record my Name, I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee;" for "where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them. There shall we see him, as he has said unto us.

He is also gone before us into heaven. Let us arise, and depart hence, and seek him there. There shall we see him in all his glory, according to his promise. Where I am, there shall also my servants be. Oh to join him there! To be for ever with the Lord!

"O glorious hour! O bless'd abode!
I shall be near, and like my God:
And flesh and sin no more control
The sacred pleasures of my soul."

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

 
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God does not make known his will to us, that the knowledge of it may perish with us; but that we may be his witnesses to posterity, and that they may deliver the knowledge received through us, from hand to hand, (as we say) to their descendants. Wherefore, it is the duty of parents to apply themselves diligently to the work of communicating what they have learned from the Lord to their children. In this manner the truth of God is to be propagated by us, so that no one may retain his knowledge for his own private use; but that each may edify others, according to his own calling, and to the measure of his faith. There is however no doubt, that the gross ignorance which reigns in the world, is the just punishment of men’s idleness. For whereas the greater part close their eyes to the offered light of heavenly doctrine; yet there are those who stifle it, by not taking care to transmit it to their children — John Calvin on Genesis 18:19.
 

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