Friday, April 10, 2015

Behold, We Go Up To Jerusalem!

      That is the special tidings our little Messenger in this issue would bring you. By the time it is in your hands, we shall have entered again upon a blessed Lenten season, when the closing events of the life of Jesus will be the subject of our meditations, events which play so infinitely great a part in our eternal salvation. Dear reader, are you interested in such scenes? Would you behold Him who was the “Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief”?
      Then let us go up to Jerusalem! Let us in our thoughts be present at the “Feast of the Passover” where, already, the dark shadows begin to crowd in upon Him, as the traitor, Judas, lays his treacherous plots against His life. Let us follow that “Man of sorrows” on His via dolorosa across the dark vale of Kidron on to Gethsemane, where He “treads the wine press alone,” where He bears upon His shoulders the burden of a world of sin. We stand upon His shoulders the burden of a world or sin. We stand beneath the cross on Golgatha as the shadows deepen; we look up at the bruised and bleeding form, and hear Him groaning: “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani!” And the words of the prophet come to us: “Behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto His sorrow.”
      The parched lips move, and we hear the words: “It is finished.” The very foundations of the earth tremble; the veil of the temple, and even the rocks, are rent asunder; the tombs are opened, and the dead go forth unto life.
      “It is finished,” indeed! The “Rock of Ages” has been cleft for you and me, and in its bosom we find a safe retreat from sin and death, yea, from the powers of hell. We can say triumphantly with the apostle of old: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?. . . For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”Sermon by Rev. Carl J. Segerhammer.

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