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both of them, in one speech, bewray vehement passions might not be both strength and infirmity; strength quitted from offence. Mary wept ; of faith, in ascribing so much power her tears, drew on tears from her to Christ, that his presence could friends; all their tears united, drew preserve from death ; infirmity, in groans from thee. Even in thine supposing the necessity of a pre- heaven, thou dost no less pity our sence for this purpose. Why, Mary, sorrows ; thy glory is free from could not thine omnipotent Saviour, groans, but abounds with compasas well in absence, have commanded sion and mercy ; if we be not Lazarus to live? Is his hand so sparing of our tears, thou canst not short, that he can do nothing but be insensible of our sorrows. How by contraction ? If his power were shall we imitate thee, if, like our finite, how could he have forbidden looking-glass, we do not answer the seizure of death ? if infinite, tears, and weep on them that weep how could it be limited to place, or on us !-HALL. hindered by distance? It is a weak And said, Where have ye laid him? ness of faith to measure success by They said unto him, Lord, come and means, and means by presence, and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, to tie effects to both, when we deal Behold how he loved him! And some with an Almighty agent. Finite of them said, Could not this man, which
work within their own opened the eyes of the blind, have sphere; all places are equally near, caused that even this man should not and all effects equally easy to the have died ?—Lord, thou knowest (in infinite. O Saviour, while thou absence) that Lazarus was dead, and now sittest gloriously in heaven, dost thou not know where he was thou dost no less impart thyself buried ? Surely thou wert further unto us, than if thou stoodst visibly off when thou sawest and reportedst by us, than if we stood locally by his death, than thou wert from the thee ! no place can make difference grave thou inquiredst of: thou that of thy virtue and aid.
knowest all things, yet askest what This was Mary's moan : no mo- thou knowest : “Where have ye laid tion, no request sounded from her him ?” not out of need, but out of to her Saviour. Her silent suit is will; that as in thy sorrow, so in returned with a mute answer: no thy question, thou mightst depress notice is taken of her error. O that thyself in the opinion of the beholdmarvellous mercy that connives at ers for the time, that the glory of our faulty infirmities! All the reply thine instant miracle might be the that I hear of, is a compassionate greater, the less it was expected. groan with himself. O blessed Jesus, It had been all one to thy omnipothou, that wert free from all sin, tence to have made a new Lazarus wouldest not be free from strong out of nothing; or, in that remoteaffections. Wisdom and holiness ness, to have commanded Lazarus, should want much work, if even wheresoever he was, to come forth :
but thou wert neither willing to questionists, that he could have done work more miracle than was requi- it with ease. To
the eyes site, nor yet unwilling to fix the man born blind, was more than to minds of the people upon the expec- keep a sick man from dying: this tation of some marvellous thing that were but to uphold and maintain thou meantest to work; and there- nature from decaying; that were to fore askest, “Where have ye laid create a new sense, and to restore a him?"
deficiency in nature. To make an They are not more glad of the eye, was no whit less difficult than question, than ready for the an
to make a man: he that could do swer: “Come and see.” More was
More was the greater might well have done hoped for from Christ than a mere the less. Ye shall soon see this was view; they meant, and expected, that not the want of power. Had ye his eye should draw him on to some said, Why would he not? why did further action. O Saviour, while we he not ? the question had been desire our spiritual resuscitation, fairer, and the answer no less easy how should we labour to bring thee -For his once greater glory. Little to our grave! How should we lay do ye know the drift, whether of open our deadness before thee, and God's acts or delays; and ye know bewray to thee our impotence and
as much as you are worthy. Let it senselessness! Come, Lord, and be sufficient for you to understand, see what a miserable carcass I am ; that he, who can do all things, will and, by the power of thy mercy, do that which shall be most for his raise me from the state of my cor own honour.—Bp. HALL. ruption.
Lazarus, come forth. O Saviour, Never was our Saviour more sub- while thou spakest to thy Father, missively dejected than now, imme- thou liftedst up thine eyes ; now diately before he would approve and thou art to speak unto dead Lazaexalt the majesty of his Godhead. rus, thou liftedst up thy voice, and To his groans and inward grief he criedst aloud, "Lazarus, come forth." adds his tears. Anon they shall Was it that the strength of the voice confess him a God; these expres- might answer to the strength of the sions of passion shall onwards evince affection ? since we faintly require him to be a man.
The Jews con what we care not to obtain, and strue this well : “See how he loved vehemently utter what we earnestly him.” Never did any thing but desire : was it, that the greatness of love fetch tears from Christ. But the voice might answer to the greatthey do foully misconstrue Christ in ness of the work? Was it, that the the other : “Could not he, that hearers might be witnesses of what opened the eyes of him that was words were used in so miraculous an born blind, have caused that even act-no magical incantations, but this man should not have died ? authoritative and Divine commands? Yes, know ye, O vain and importune Was it to signify, that Lazarus's soul,
was called from far? The speech , pierce the rocks and divide the must be loud that shall be heard in mountains, and fetch up the dead another world. Was it in relation to out of the lowest depths. Thy word the estate of the body of Lazarus, made all, thy word shall repair all. whom thou hadst reported to sleep? Hence, all ye diffident fears! He since those that are in a deep and whom I trust is omnipotent. dead sleep cannot be awakened with- HALL. out a loud call. Or was it in a re And he that was dead came forth. presentation of that loud voice of the -It was much to turn water into last trumpet, which shall sound into wine; but it was more to feed five all graves, and raise all flesh from thousand with five loaves. It was their dust? Even so still, Lord, much to restore the ruler's son ; it when thou wouldst raise a soul from was more to cure him that had been the death of sin and grave of corrup- thirty-eight years a cripple. It was tion, no easy voice will serve. Thy much to cure him that was born strongest commands, thy loudest blind; it was more to raise up Lazadenunciations of judgments, the rus that had been so long dead. As shrillest and sweetest promulgations a stream runs still the stronger and of thy mercies, are but enough. wider, the nearer it comes to the 1. How familiar a word is this, ocean whence it was derived ; so
Lazarus, come forth !” No other didst thou, O Saviour, work the than he was wont to use while they more powerfully the nearer thou lived together. Neither doth he drewest to thy glory. This was, as say, Lazarus, revive; but, as if he one of thy last, so of thy greatest supposed him already living, “ Laza- miracles : when thou wert ready to rus, come forth :” to let them know die thyself, thou raisedst him to life that those who are dead to us, are who smelt strong of the grave. None to and with him alive; yea, in a of all the sacred histories is so full more entire and feeling society, and punctual as this, in the report than while they carried their clay of all circumstances. Other miracles abont them. Why do I fear that do not more transcend nature, than separation which shall more unite this transcends other miracles. me to my Saviour ?
This alone was a sufficient eviction Neither was the word more fami- of thy godhead, O blessed Saviour! liar than commanding : “ Lazarus, None but an infinite power could so come forth.” Here is no suit to his far go beyond nature, as to recall a Father, nor adjuration to the de- man four days dead, from not a mere ceased, but a flat and absolute in- privation, but a settled corruption. junction, “ Come forth.” O Saviour, Earth must needs be thine, from that is the voice that I shall once which thou rescuest his body; heahear sounding into the bottom of ven must needs be thine, from my grave, and raising me up out of whence thou ' fetchest his spirit. my
that is the voice that shall None but he that created man,
could thus make him new.-Bp. | told them what things Jesus had HALL.
47 [ · Then gathered the
chief priests and the Pharisees Blest be the everlasting God, The Father of our Lord;
a council, and said, “What do Be his abounding mercy prais'd, we? for this man doeth many His Majesty ador'd.
miracles. When from the dead he rais'd his Son,
48 If we let him thus alone, And call’d him to the sky, He gave our souls a lively hope
all men will believe on him : That they should never die.
and the Romans shall come and What though our inbred sins require take away both our place and Our flesh to see the dust ;
nation. Yet, as the Lord our Saviour rose, So all his followers must.
49 And one of them, named
• Caiaphas, being the high priest There's an inheritance divine Resery'd against that day;
that same year, said unto them, 'Tis uncorrupted, undefil'd,
Ye know nothing at all,
50 Nor consider that it is Saints by the power of God are kept expedient for us, that one man
Till their salvation come ;
should die for the people, and Till Christ shall call us home.
that the whole nation perish not.
51 And this spake he not of
himself: but being high priest $ CCLVII.
that year, he prophesied that
Jesus should die for that nation; CHAP. XI. 45-57.
52 And ' not for that nation
only, but that also he should Many Jews believe. The high priests gather together in one the chiland Pharisees gather a council against dren of God that were scattered Christ. Caiaphas prophesieth. Jesus hid
abroad. himself. At the passover they enquire after him, and lay wait for him.
53 Then from that day forth
they took counsel together for 45 Then many of the Jews to put him to death. which came to Mary," and had 54 Jesus therefore walked seen the things which Jesus did, no more openly among the believed on him.
Jews, but went thence into a 46 But some of them went country near to the wilderness, their ways to the Pharisees, and into a city called "Ephraim, and
xxvi. 3. Mark xiv. 1. Luke xxii. 2.--ach. xii. 19. Acts iv. 16.-b Luke lii. 2. ch. xviii. 14. Acts iv. 6.-och. xviii. 14-d Is. xlix. 6. Joliu ii, 2.-e ch. x. 16. Eph. ii. 14, 15, 16, 17.-f ch. iv. 1,3; & vii. l-g See 2Chr. xiii, 19.-h ch. ii. 13; & v.1; & vi. 4.-ich. xi. 7.
there continued with his disci not win belief from him; yet our ples.
experience daily makes good these 55 · And the Jews' pass- ordinary proofs of the wonderful over was nigh at hand : and providence of the Almighty. Or,
should I show a man, that is unmany went out of the country acquainted with these great marvels up to Jerusalem before the pass- of nature, the small seed of the silkover, to purify themselves.
worm, lying scattered upon a paper, 56 Then sought they for and seemingly dead all winter long; Jesus, and spake among them and should tell him, “These little selves, as they stood in the tem- atoms, so soon as the mulberry tree ple, What think ye, that he will puts forth, will yield a worm, which
shall work itself into
so rich not come to the feast?
house, as the great princes of the 57 Now both the chief priests earth shall be glad to shelter themand the Pharisees had given a selves with ; and, after that, shall commandment, that, if any man turn to a large fly, and in that knew where he were, he should shape shall live to generate, and shew it, that they might take then speedily die;" I should seem him.
to tell incredible things; yet this is
so familiar to the experienced, that y ch. 11. 23; & x. 42; & xii. 1!, 18.-7. P$ 1.2. Mat they cease to wonder at it. If, from
these vegetables, we should cast our eyes upon some sensitive creatures,
do we not see snails, and flies, READER.—Then many of the Jews and some birds, lie as senseless and believed.-If I should come to a lifeless all the winter time ; and man, that is ignorant of these yet, when the spring comes, they fruitful productions of the earth; recover their wonted vivacity ? and, shewing him a little naked Besides these resemblances, have grain, should tell him, " This, which we not many clear instances and thou seest, shall rot in the ground; examples of our resurrection ? Did and, after that, shall rise up a yard not the touch of Elisha's bones high into divers stalks, and every raise up the partner of his grave? stalk shall bear an ear, and every 2 Kings xiii. 21. Was not Lazarus ear shall yield twenty or thirty called up out of his sepulchre, after such grains as itself is ;” or, showing four days' possession, and many him an acorn, should say, “This noisome degrees of rottenness? shall be buried in the earth, and, Were not the graves opened of many after that, shall rise up twenty or bodies of the saints which slept? thirty foot high, and shall spread so Did not they arise and come out of far as to give comfortable shade to their graves, after my Saviour's rea hundred persons ;" surely, I should surrection, and go into the holy city,