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gracious Lord expects of me gratitude. He tells me to do this in remembrance of Him. Bodily absent, He is spiritually present with me when I do so. Well may I say in

response,

"Remember Thee, and all Thy pains,
And all Thy love to me;

Yea, while a pulse or breath remains,
I will remember Thee."

Has He not a right to expect of me testimony? I am to show the Lord's death. Whether I read the words as a command, "show," or as stating a fact, "ye do show," they intimate the necessity of public profession. I must not be ashamed to own my Saviour; my conduct must avow that I am doing this because He has commanded it, and because I believe that His death is the source of my spiritual life. He died that I might live in Him.

Nor can I forget the constancy that is required of me. Frequent, not merely occasional, observance is surely implied in the statement "As often as ye eat this bread."

The bread from Heaven, the bread of life, must be the support of my spiritual life. He has told me, "He that eateth Me, even he shall live by Me." This ordinance helps me to realise the life of faith.

It does so especially because of the anticipations of hope. I must do this "till He come." I must look to Jesus as a coming Saviour, as well as a dying Saviour. As often as I remember His death, I am to expect, with the lively expectation of hope, His coming again in His promised glory. Nor is this a bare imagination. The Master Himself tells me of the table spread in His kingdom, at which He will cause His servants to sit down, and will Himself come forth and serve them. At the Marriage Supper of the Lamb the whole company of His redeemed children, the many sons whom He has brought to glory, will assemble; each of them clothed in the wedding garment of His righteousness, each of them capable of receiving, and appreciating, and enjoying, and communicating the blessings of His love; and He

permits me to realise the hope that all this will be without weariness, without imperfection, without temptation, without separation from Him, without the possibility of grieving the Holy Spirit of God.

Let me draw near, then, with a true heart, in full assurance of faith; seeking that my strongest affection and my most earnest thoughts may be concentrated upon a dying Saviour, a coming Saviour, a living Saviour, a loving Saviour, and a Saviour whom I may expect to meet in His own ordinance, ready to bestow the blessings of pardon to the penitent; of mercy and strength of faith to the doubtful; of comfort to the sorrowful; of strength to the weak; of hope to the desponding. Blessed be His name, He meets my desire to show forth His death till He come, with His own blessed and assuring word, "That which ye have already, hold fast till I come."

Prayer.

MERCIFUL, gracious, and loving Saviour, One with the Father, who searchest the heart, and triest the reins; I approach Thee to ask of Thee the grace of Thy Holy Spirit, that I may suitably prepare to meet Thee in Thine own appointed ordinance. Is it so, indeed, that Thou hast reserved a place for me at the Table at which Thy saints are wont to gather in remembrance of Thee? Then, gracious Lord, let nothing keep me willingly away: not my sins, for Thou art my Saviour, and I need pardoning mercy; not my anxieties, for I need Thy refreshment and rest; not my unworthiness, for Thy invitation is a command Help me to draw nigh with faith, and take this Holy Sacrament to my comfort. May Thy Holy Spirit work in me true repentance, and give me a true sense of the high privilege of being numbered with Thy Saints, that I may never disgrace my holy calling by any

allowed inconsistency. May He shed abroad Thy love in my heart, and so renew my strength, that I may run and not be weary, and walk and not faint. Yea, and if it be Thy will, may I even mount as on eagle's wings, to the full enjoyment of communion. with Thee, and Thy blessed Saints.

But chiefly would I seek to meet Thee, that by Thy all-sufficient grace and Thy perfecting strength I may cheerfully pursue the path of duty; patiently bear whatever cross I have to take up in following Thee, thankfully remember Thy death, and with earnest desire look forward to Thy coming. Thou hast graciously said, "Surely I come quickly." "Amen." For the truth's sake, for the Church's sake, for the world's sake, for Thine own honour and glory, “Even so come, Lord Jesus."

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