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 LIFE IN HEAVEN IS A LIFE THAT SUCCEEDS AN EXTRAORDINARY DEATH.
1. Absolute spontaneity. No being ever died but Christ who had the feeling that he need never die — that death could be for ever escaped.
2. Entire relativeness. He died for others. "He was bruised for our iniquities," etc.
3. Universal influence.
II. HIS LIFE IN HEAVEN IS A LIFE OF ENDLESS DURATION.
1. His endless duration is a necessity of His nature.
2. His endless duration is the glory of the good.
III. HIS LIFE IN HEAVEN IS A LIFE OF ABSOLUTE DOMINION OVER THE DESTINIES OF MEN.
1. There is nothing accidental in human history.
2. Departed men are still in existence.
3. Death is not the introduction to a new moral kingdom. The same Lord is here as there.
4. We may anticipate the day when death shall be swallowed up in victory.
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