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That this characteristic consolation of the Gospel is indeed the very truth, that Jesus is indeed “ the resurrection and the life," having power over death and the grave, we have full evidence in the passage under review. “And he came and touched the bier, and said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise ; and he that was dead sat up, and began to speak.” The day will come, my brethren, when the same voice shall be heard by all who are in the tomb,when the grave shall restore those dear ones of whom it hath robbed us the sea shall give up the myriads she hath engulphed—and from their appointed place, the ransomed spirits shall hasten to re-occupy the glorified bodies prepared for them. - The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first : and then we which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air : and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another
with these words 1." Is there any one so far gone in grief, so wedded to woe, that these words will not comfort him?
But here a harassing doubt may obtrude itself. Some one may say," I know that there will be a resurrection of the dead I know that we must all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, and that afterwards, the just shall be admitted into the many mansions prepared for them in the house of their heavenly Father. But in that resurrection, shall we be raised not only to individual, but to social happiness ? Shall we be restored to the company of those in heaven, through whom has been conveyed to us our greatest happiness on earth ? Shall we know, and be known to each other hereafter ?”
We have no space left to argue this interesting question, but we will venture at once to assume it. On the mountain, at whose foot the incidents we have been examining occurred-on Mount Tabor-Christ was transfigured before a select number
11 Thess. iv. 16, 17, 18.
of his disciples.
He assumed his glorified body. But his body, though glorified, though wondrously changed, and shining like lightning, was yet recognised by his followers, who never in all their amazement and confusion entertained a doubt of his identity. And so let us assume that it will be with us. “ This corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality"."_" Flesh and blood may not inherit the kingdom of God.” A great and glorious change may have taken place; and yet there shall be sufficient traces of identity to declare each to the other, and to reunite those bonds of love, in the dissolution of which “ the sting of death” was felt to be sharpest, and “the victory of the grave” most complete.
I shall not hesitate, therefore, to apply to our own case the crowning comfort to be learned under the walls of Nain. “ He that was dead sat up, and began to speak: and he delivered him to his
11 Cor. xv. 53.
mother.” Would it not be destructive of the simple, but most pathetic eloquence of this passage, to offer one word in elucidation of it !-To attempt a delineation of the joyous ecstacies of the mother, would it not be to disparage feelings which only a mother can entertain, and only a mother so situated can appreciate ? I will make no such vain attempt, my brethren. But I will entreat not only all mothers, but all those who have been weeping for the dead, to appropriate the comfort to be drawn from the scene we are now beholding. “ He that was dead
and began to speak." Out of the depth of your present distress, look forward, ye mourners, to that glorious day, when
you shall once again hear the voice, which you now bewail as if it were silent for ever.
Shall hear it—not choked with sobs, not inaudible from feebleness, not incoherent from delirium ; but clear, loud, eloquent, hymning praises and hallelujahs unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Look forward to that day when the
features on which you were wont to dwell with so much fondness and affection, but which are now defiled by the worm, and defaced by corruption,-shall once more glad your eyes—not pale with disease, not distorted with agony, not convulsed and contracted by the throes of death,-but calm, serene, blissful,radiant with the beauty of angels, and crowned with the glory of the seraphim.
Neither doubt ye, that ye shall receive personal gratification from their happiness, and from the renewed interchange of purified and exalted affection. “ He that was dead sat up, and began to speak : and he delivered him to his mother." And so we humbly, but confidently hope, that Jesus will, in those happy mansions which he hath prepared for those that love him, deliver the child to the parent, the husband to the wife, the brother to the sister, the friend to the friend-till the whole glorified assembly, happy in themselves, happy in each other, happy in the society of the great and good of all ages and countries—but far above all, su