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have unfolded the page that contained the names of some great poet who was born in it, or some illustrious hero who bled and suffered for his country.

But these characteristics are all restricted to this world. The sounds of the fame of heroes, poets and philosophers are spent before they reach the skies, but the sigh of the broken heart is heard in heaven louder than the seven thunders; the simple petition of a contrite spirit rises to God swifter than an angel's wing can clip, and rises higher than an archangel's pinions can soar. So here the only trace in the history of Bethany that had its reflection beside God's throne was this: That two sisters lived there with their brother Lazarus.

It was not the town of the hero, not the town of the poet; but the town of Mary and her sister Martha. These two fair, and frail and fragile flowers were in the sight of God the fairest things in Bethany.

There is another trait. Mary, and Martha, and Lazarus were bosom friends of Jesus—for Jesus, let us never forget, was a Man. As a man He had His friends. There is not a sympathy that nestles in the heart of a saint that


Jesus had not in all its purity; there is not a sorrow that hangs like a cloud over the broken and wounded spirit of a believer that Jesus did not realize, for He was our Elder Brother our great High Priest, touched with the feelings of our infirmities."

We read in John's Gospel: “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. When he heard, therefore, that Lazarus was sick, He abode two days still in the same place where He was."

This seems to startle us. It seems like a disappointment. How it be explained ? Mary and Martha had sent for Jesus, but still He tarried. Jesus said to His disciples that

the sickness should not be unto death,” but that it should be “ for the glory of God.” When Jesus arrived at Bethany, Martha meets Him with this lamentation: “If Thou hadst been here, our brother had not died.”

And Mary joined in the same, sad strain. This indicated faith on the part of these two women. But the “ifs ” of man are the decrees of God. The Jews, we read, followed Mary to the tomb. “When Jesus, therefore, saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which

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came with her, He groaned in the spirit, and was touched.”

It is added by the sacred writer that whilst Jesus was indignant at the havoc that sin had made, indignant at the spoils of the enemy, “ Jesus wept." It is possible that He wept as a friend over a friend; for we can never forget that Jesus was a Man-a sympathetic Man. He was truly a “Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief."

“Jesus wept!” What a mixture in this miracle of the sympathy of man and of the majesty of God! The Jews exclaimed, as they saw Jesus weeping, “Behold how He loved him."

We then read, “Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me. And I know 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 had thus spoken, He cried with a loud voice: “Lazarus, come forth."

Those words thrilled once more through that region of impenetrable darkness which separates us from this world and the world to come; and scarcely were they spoken when, like a spectre, from the rocky tomb issued a figure, swathed indeed in its white and ghastly cerements, bound hand and foot, but not livid, not horrible—the figure of a youth with healthy blood of a restored life flowing through his veins; of a life restored—so tradition tells us

-for thirty more long years to life, and light, and love.

The words“ Come forth ” shall go down into nature's heights, and receive a magnificent response!

Lazarus heard the voice, and came forth, and Jesus said: “ Loose him and let him go.” The miracle is complete, Christ is Lord indeed.



MANY of the miracles to which we have called attention had reference to the healing of the diseases of the body and the raising of the dead to life again, which proved Jesus Christ to be “the Resurrection and the Life.” We now turn to the sixth chapter of John's Gospel, and we there see His power over Nature.

We again ask the question: “What is a miracle?”

And we answer: “It is just God's Omnipotence becoming a pedestal or candlestick on which to plant God's truth; it is Omnipotent beneficence coming down from heaven, pointing to a doctrine, or specifying a person, and saying that the one is of God, and the other is God manifesting Himself in the flesh.”

At such a crisis as Christ stilling the storm, that a miracle should be performed was natural, but when that crisis had passed away,

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