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of the kingdom, the clergy of the church of England see its daily verification.

As the providence of God for the most part effects its purposes by secondary causes, the charity of the church is the means which it hath appointed for the relief of her suffering ministers. The same authority which commands us to be ready to forego the enjoyments of the world hath commanded that the faithful bear one another's burdens. The same authority which promises the faithful minister support in this world and enjoyment in the next promises an equal weight of glory to him who shall administer relief. Relying on these promises, secure of our unwearied attention to the commands of our invisible but not absent Lord, our departed brethren (not insensible in death to that concern for their surviving families which they knew to be sanctified by Christ's own 'example, when in his agonies he consigned his mother to his favourite disciple's care,) submitted with composure and complacency to the stroke which severed them from all which in this world they held dear; trusting to us,

eye, and

as to God's instruments, for the support of their unprovided families, destitute of other aid. Thus we who remain are the guardians of the widows and the orphans; appointed to that sacred office by no violable testaments of mortal men, but by the inviolable will of the Ever-living God. Let us see that we be faithful, as the deceased were in their day, to a trust which we may not decline; looking forward to the joys of that great day when tears shall be wiped from every

" he that hath received a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward," when his recompense in nowise shall be lost " who shall have given but a cup of cold water only to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple.” In that day shall these sons and daughters of the prophets be gathered round the Son of Man, seated on his throne of glory; and, in the presence of the angelic host, bear their testimony to this day's work of love. What then shall be the joy of those to whom the King shall say

“ I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat ; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; naked, and ye clothed me; sick,

and ye nursed me. Verily, I say unto you, as much as ye have done it to the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world !” O rich requital of an easy service !- love the duty; heaven the reward! Who will not strive to be the foremost to minister to the necessities of the saints ; secure of being doubly repaid, here, in the delight of doing good ; hereafter, in a share of this glorious benedica tion !

SERMON XXXVI.

John, xi. 25, 26:

I am the resurrection and the life: He that

believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live ; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die. Believest thou this?

EXCEPT the cure of the two blind men at Jericho, some cures in the temple in the Passion-week, the malediction of the figtree, and certain manifestations of pur Lord's power upon the seizure of his person in the garden of Gethsemane, except these, the raising of Lazarus from the dead was, I think, the last public miracle performed by Christ during his abode in the flesh. It was undoubtedly among the most

considerable which we read of in the whole course of our Lord's ministry; and was an apt prelude to that greatest miracle of all, the seal of his mission and of our hope, his own resurrection from the dead. Accordingly, we find him preparing himself for this exhibition of his power on the person of his deceased friend with particular care and solemnity. He was at a distance from Bethany, the place of Lazarus’s residence, when Lazarus first fell sick ; the alarm of the Jewish rulers, excited by his cure of the man born blind, and by his open

claim to be the Son of God and One with the Father, having obliged him to retire to Bethabara. When he received the news of his friend's illness, notwithstanding his affection for Lazarus and his sisters, he continued two days in the place where the inessage found him ; that the catastrophe might take place before his miraculous power should be interposed. He had indeed already restored life in two instances : The daughter of Jairus was one ; and the widow's son of Nain was the other. But in both these instances, the evidence of the previous fact, that death had really taken

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