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Glad tidings these of great joy. This thould comfort us concerning our deceased, pious relations, that ere long they shall rise again, and soul and body be for eyer with the LORD. Howbeit Jesus spake here of an immediate resurrection, though he did not speak plainly: For Christ loves to exercise the faith and patience of his disciples, and frequently leaves them to find out his meaning by degrees. It is best for us in our present state, that it should be so. In heaven it will be otherwise. “ Thy brother, (says CHRIST to Martha) Thall rise again.” She might immediately 'have replied, When, LORD? But she fetches a circuit as it were, and labours to find out the mind of Jesus by degrees. “I know, says she, that he shall rise again at the resurrection of the last day." These words seem to imply, that she had some distant thought of our LORD's design to raise her brother now, and that the spoke thus only to draw our Saviour to speak, and tell her plainly whether he meant to do so or not. Those who are acquainted with Jesus, are taught an holy art by the blessed Spirit, in dealing with their blessed master. I know, says the, he shall rise again at the resurrection of the Jast day," , (a notable proof this, by the way, that the pious Jews believed the resurrection of the body). It is just the same as though she had said, Lord, doft thou mean that my brother thall rise again before that time? Our Saviour wisely keeps off from giving her a direct answer, but chuses rather to preach to her heart. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet thall he live.” On this Martha's faith, if in exercise, might take hold. O glorious words ! How encouraging to you poor finners lying in your blood! Though you are dead in trespasses and sins, and might justly be condemned to die the second death, yet if you beli

believe on the Lord Jesus you shall live. He adds, And whosoever believeth in me thall never die;" never die as to their souls, never die eternally, and consequently never finally fall away from God. This is'an encouraging soul-comforting declaration for

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O believers, who are thus kept, as it were, in a garrison, by the mighty power of God, through faith, unto salvation ! « Believest thou this?” says CHRI'ST to Martha, verse 26. What avail all the many great and precious promises of the gospel, unless they are applied and brought home in particular to each of our

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fouls? The word does not profit unless it is mixed with faith.
We therefore do well, when we are reading Christ's words,
to put this question to odrselves"; Omy soul, believeft thou
this. And well would it be for us, if upon putting this quer-
tion to burlelves, we could with lehe fame holy confidence,
and in the rame delightful frame, say with Martha, Verse 27.
«Yea, Lorb: I believe that thou art the CHRIST, the Son
of God, which should come into the world.” This I think
isla direa confeffion of our Lord's divinity. How full was
her heart when the spoke thefe words ! I am persuaded it
burue' within fier. What a divine warmth had the contracted
by talking with Jesus! How does the long that her fifter
might' thare in her holy joy! For when she had fo faid, verse'
28.3« The went away;" full of love, "no doubt, and called
Mility het Aftet, as all Will Pabour to call their near relations,
who have felt the LORD Jesus to be the refurrection and the
Mre the moves. But Martha took care, in the midst of her
zeal (as we thould always'do) 'to behave with prudence ; and
therefore * The called her fifter fecretly, saying, The master
is come, and callech for thee.” * The master is come. She
need say no more Mary knew very well whom she meámt.
Por hot fouls easily understand one another when talking of
their mafter Jesus. The divine Herbert used to delight (when
(peaking of Itsub) to fay, - My Mafter;” perhaps he learned
it of Martha, who faid here, * The Master is come, and
callet for thee! But what is this thou fayest, Martha?

The Master is come, and calleth for thee? Surely a woman 8P&Ky exalted piety will not tell a 'deliberate lie, and in order to faddee thy filter to come to Jesus, acquaint her that JĖ se's called her, when indeed he did not Thou needeft not put thyself to fuch an expence, br do 'fo much evil, that good máy, Come of it.' Only mention Jesus to Mary, and let het know for a certainty that the Master is indeed come, and I ain' persuaded the will fit no longer:' Martha no doubt knew, and therefore I cannot'judge her as"fome do, as though in her halte the raid what was not true. For Jesus might bid her'to call her fider, though it be not directly mentioned in this chapter

. And it is very probable, that our Lord did enquite after Mary, because the used to take fuch great delight in fitting 'at' his' feet, and heating the gracious words that proceeded out of his mouth. « The Master is come (faith

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For we are told, verse 29. When the beard that, the rose quickly, and came to JESUS," Sinners, when will you do so? Or why do you not do so ? How know you whether JESUS will caļl for you any more, before she calls you by death to judgment? Linger, Olinger no longer. Fly, fx for your livesArise quickly and with Mary come to Jesve. She obeyed the call fo very speedily, that her baste was taken notice of by her visitors.. “ The Jews then, who were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary that she rose up haftily (without any ceremony at all) and went out, followed her, saying, the goeth 19 the grave, to weep there.” How wisely does our LORD permit and order all this, to bring the Jew: out to behold the wonderful miracle that he was about to perform! Little did Mary and the fews think for what end they were thus providentially led out. But when JESUS hath work to be done, he will bring souls to the place where he intends to call them, in spite of men or devils. But how does Mary behave when the comes to JESUS? We may be ailured, not without great hymility. No wonder then we are told, verse 32. that when the saw him, the immediately, fell down at his feet, bo uplace Mary had been used to, and in an agony, of, grieffays, as her fifter had done before her) Larp, jf thou hadft been here, my brother had not died.” Poor Mary Her concern was great indeed. Though he was a holy woman, the could not well bear the loss of her brother. She knew very well, that the world would miss bim, and no doubt he had been a kind and tender brother to her. But I am, afraid she was finfully

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