And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand on me, saying to me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:…
I. HIS DIVINE NATURE. He is "the Living One."
II. HIS MERCIFUL MISSION. He came to earth to die.
III. HIS RELATION TO US NOW AS OUR LIVING LORD.
1. Our present Lord. He is with us always, even to the end of the world. He is "our very present help," compassing our path and our lying down; with us in the church and in the chamber, in the study and in the market, in the broad field of daily labour and in the sacred sphere of holy service.
2. Our observant Lord. Reading our every thought and feeling.
3. Our sympathetic Lord. Who can estimate the extent to which the burdens of this world have been lightened, its sorrows mitigated, its loneliness relieved, its apprehensions calmed, its whole life blessed by the felt presence of that sympathetic Lord who is "touched with the feeling of our infirmities"?
4. Our appreciative Lord. He values every offering, however small, that is made in purity of heart.
5. Our energising and recompensing Lord. We are not sufficient of ourselves to prevail against the strong spiritual forces opposed to us.
6. Our abiding Lord.
(W. Clarkson, B. A.)
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