And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.
Love brings to the Saviour a flaming heart; obedience comes on willing feet; patience bows down to receive its load: while faith stretches out an empty hand, to be filled with His free gifts. A faithful Sunday school teacher lay dying. The light of heaven was in his eye, and seraphic smiles played upon his thin lids, as he thought of his mighty Redeemer. Just before he sank away, he turned to his daughter, who was trying to anticipate his every wish by her loving care, and said, "Bring —." More he could not say, for strength was too far gone. "What shall I bring, dear father?" asked the anxious child. "Bring —." "Dear, precious father, do tell me what to bring!" The dying man rallied for a last effort, and feebly murmured —
"Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all!"If, in the closing hour of life, the Saviour is as near to us, we cannot complain of the lack of other comforters. We shall be sure to awake at last to His likeness, and shall shine forth as the sun, in our Father's kingdom.
(J. H. Norton.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.