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And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah ; and the soul of the child came into him
again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother; and Elijah said, see, thy son liveth! And the woman said to Elijah, Now, by this I know
that thou art a man of God.—1 Kings xvii. 22-24. See 2 Kings iv. 18. 36. For as the Father raiseth up the dead and quickeneth them, even so the Son quick
eneth whom he will.—John v. 21. I am he that liveth, and was dead ; and, behold, I am alive for evermore. Amen ;
and have the keys of hell and of death.—Rev. i. 18.
Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, [Nain,] behold there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all; and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.—Luke vii. 12-16.
And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue; and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: for he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying.—While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to
him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called and said, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished; but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.Luke viii. *41, 42. 49-56. See Matt. ix. 18-26; Mark v. 22-43.
Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.—Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. — Jesus therefore, again groaning in himself, cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always : but because of the people which stand by, I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth ! And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.—John xi. 1. 5. 38-44.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE SACRED NARRATIVE. Jesus went about healing every infirmity of the people ; though he did not rest his claim to be a worker of miracles on his power of healing alone.
His history furnishes us with a variety of works performed by him, the performance of which was indisputably beyond the reach of any natural causes. For, can any power of natural causes convert water into wine? Can it be possible, in a natural way, to feed thousands with a few small loaves and fishes, and so as that the fragments left should greatly exceed the original quantity of food ? Could it be owing to any natural cause that Jesus walked on the sea, and caused the tempest to cease at his command ? In a word ; — who can be so perverse as to affirm, that the dead could be raised from their graves, and the spiritual principle reunited to the lifeless corpse, but by the interposition of the same cause which at first breathed into the inanimate clay the breath of life ? All these and many other such facts, recorded of Jesus, are in their own natures miraculous : but I see not why we should not insist upon all his cures as so many miracles : for I should look upon it as the height of absurd scepticism to doubt whether Jesus could cure the paralytic or the blind, when we see him raising Lazarus,—the widow's son,— the ruler of the synagogue's daughter,and, lastly, himself, from the dead!
Besides, that Jesus laid claim to miracles may be inferred from the character which we are as certain he assumed as we are certain he existed — I mean that of his being the Messiah expected by the Jews. For as the Messiah was marked in their prophecies as one who should perform miracles, the claim of Jesus to be this illustrious person necessarily supposes a claim to those extraordinary works which the Messiah was expected to perform. Add to this, that the great fundamental doctrine of Christianity,— the redemption of mankind by Christ's dying for our sins, and rising again for our justification, supposes a miracle the most striking that can be imagined. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead must have been publicly asserted wherever Christianity was preached, — for it is the very cornerstone of the religion. If Christ be not risen from the dead, both the preaching of the Apostle, and the faith of the convert, would have been in vain !
God, under the Old Testament, raised one by Elijah, another by Elisha living, a third by Elisha dead. By the hand of the Mediator of the New Testament, he raised the son of the widow, the daughter of Jairus, Lazarus; and, in attendance of his own resurrection, he made a gaol-delivery of holy prisoners at Jerusalem. He raised the daughter of Jairus from her bed, the widow's son from his coffin, Lazarus from his grave, the dead saints at Jerusalem from their rottenness,—that it might appear no degree of death can hinder the efficacy of his overruling command.
Our Saviour's favours were, at the least, continuous. No sooner hath he raised the Centurion's servant from his bed, than he raises the widow's son from his bier. His providence hath so contrived his journey, that he meets with the sad pomp of a funeral. A woeful widow, attended with her weeping neighbours, is following her only son to the grave. When God would describe the most passionate expression of sorrow that can fall into the miserable, he can but say, “ O daughter of my people, gird thee with