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CHRIST THE WAY.
“Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths; Which is the good way? and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.”Jer. vi. 16.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give yon rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”—Matt. xi. 28, 29.
HITHER should the children go but to the Father ? for
it is the distinction even of the “little children,” that
they “have known the Father.” When Jesus was going to the Father He said, “Whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” The Shepherd was going before, and it was meet the sheep should follow Him. By the grace of God we seek to follow Jesus to the bosom of the Father, that our fellowship may be with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We desire, by the same grace, to be helpful to our fellow-disciples, that they also may have fellowship with us. Therefore we write about “The King's Highway.” For though this world be to the Lord's wayfaring men a parched ground
and a thirsty land, yet “a Highway shall be there, and a Way.” That Way is Jesus. “I'am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me."
The King's Highway is a holy way. “It shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it.” How vainly did the Unclean endeavour to pass over that holy Way;
when He was an hungered tempting Him to eat; when He had emptied Himself of all his heavenly glory, and was amongst the wild beasts in the wilderness, luring Him with all the kingdoms of this world if He would fall down and worship him; and taking occasion by his very faith in God to induce Him presumptuously to tempt the Lord his God by casting Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple. But the prince of this
rld came and found nothing in Him. Jesus is the Way of Holiness. May our souls experimentally know that way. The unclean soul shall not pass over it; for “ without holiness no man shall see the Lord." The Lamb, who is the way to the Father, is also the Light of that heavenly City, into which, “there shall in no wise enter anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie ; but they who are written in the Lamb's book of life.” “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the City.” “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous.” “ And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment."
The King's Highway is a secret way; a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen. The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it. It is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.” None of the princes of this world knew God's hidden Wisdom, "for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." “For they that dwelt at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew Him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath day, fulfilled them in condemning Him." But the stricken sinner knows the Way. The woman who washed his feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head, knew the Way to God. And when some said that He was Elijah, or Jeremiah, or John the Baptist, or one of the prophets, Simon Peter confessed, “ Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Dear reader, do you know this Way ? Then blessed art thou, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but thy Father who is in heaven.
The King's Highway is a safe way. “No lion shall be there,
nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon ; it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there.” “Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the Door ; by me if any man enter in he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” The Living Way was amongst the wild beasts in the wilderness ; but they had no power to go up thereon. And the passions which, like ravenous beasts and hateful birds, make their hold in our fallen nature, found no habitation in the Holy One. Would we be free from the power of the roaring Lion of the pit? The King's Highway is the only path he dare not tread. It is a new and living way, and the Old Serpent who had the power of death has been destroyed by the blood wherewith it has been consecrated, “ The redeemed shall walk there." Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, his flesh ; and having a High Priest over the house
l of God, let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
The King's Highway is a rejoicing way. " And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Though He who was the Way, the Truth, and the Life, was the Man of sorrows; yet down deeper than his sorrow was the fountain of an everlasting joy. And so He said, “ These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” “ Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
- These things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.” And the loving apostle declares that which he and his fellow-apostles had seen and handled of the Word of Life, that we, with them, might have fellowship with the Father and the Son, that our joy might be full.
The King's Highway is mapped out in the Bible. The written word is the brightness of the glory and the express image of the person of the Living Word; even as the Son is of the invisible God. As the Spirit may give them utterance, the writers in this periodical desire rightly to divide the word of truth ; following in the footsteps of Him, who, “ beginning at Moses and all the
prophets, expounded unto them in all the Scriptures, the things concerning Himself.”
This endeavour to help wayfaring men on their way to Zion is commended to the prayers of all who love the Lord of the way, and who are obedient to his word : “Wherefore, lift up the hands that hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest hat which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.”
A HYMN AND PRAYER FOR GRACE.
THE KING'S HIGHWAY."
O Thou that makest souls to shine
With light from lighter worlds above;
On all who seek a Saviour's love :
Do Thou thy benediction give
On all who teach and all who learn,
And every lamp more brightly burn,
Faith, hope, and love, all warmed by prayer ;
They best will raise their brethren there.
The lowly heart, the guileless mind :
Far better than a kingdom find.
That guides and guided both be one :
Until this hurrying life be gone.
Our glory meets us ere we die :