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Christ crucified is the sinner's peace and hope, his righteousness, his sanctification, and redemption; his title to heaven; his meetness for glory. Oh! make this crucified Saviour your own by faith. Come to Him in faith for the pardon of your sins, for grace to serve Him. This will be to you the beginning of life, the earnest of heaven. Wash in this fountain, and you will soon know the meaning of being cleansed from sin ; the privilege of having Christ for your Saviour. Ministers cannot give you this knowledge. But Christ Himself will give it you. He will give you to “ know Him and the power of His Resurrection,” in quickening, comforting, purifying, and strengthening your souls. It is true that in the world you will have, you must have “ tribulation." This Cross you must bear: but it shall be sanctified to you; and you shall be supported under it. You shall in due time come out of this tribulation;" and shall come out of it for ever. And where will you then be? In heaven, in glory, before the Throne of God, in the presence of the Lamb, at the living fountains of waters. shall hunger and thirst no more. There shall God wipe away all tears from your eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; “ for the former things shall be passed
away." This, My Brethren, shall be your portion; this shall be the end and recompence of your faith. This shall then be the portion of all, who now wash their robes, and make them white in the blood of the Lamb.
GOOD WORKS THE FRUITS OF FAITH AND LOVE
MARK, xiv. 8.
She hath done what she could.
The portion of Scripture, from which these words are taken, contains an Incident, which is distinctly and separately related by three of the Evangelists; and which on this account may seem deserving of particular notice; especially when we find two of these writers expressly reciting our Lord's own declaration, that " wheresoever the Gospel should be preached throughout the world,” there this incident should be circumstantially recorded. We may reasonably expect that the consideration of an Incident, thus peculiarly recommended to our notice, will furnish us with some interesting and profitable remarks. I therefore purpose, in humble dependance on the Divine blessing, first to give a short statement and explanation of the Incident
itself, and then to draw from it some instructive Inferences.
I. The Incident here recorded comprizes the Conduct of a certain woman on a particular occasion, together with the Treatment which she received, first from some of the persons present, and secondly from Jesus Himself.
Her Conduct is thus related in the third verse of the chapter. “ Jesus being in Bethany, in the house of Simon the Leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious, and she brake the box and poured it on his head.” According to the custom of those times, this action, though contrary to our ideas and practice, would be deemed a mark of attention and respect. To anoint the guests and to furnish them with perfumes was a compliment, the omission of which was regarded as a want of hospitality, and a mark of disrespect. Thus on
another occasion, when another woman in the house of Simon the Pharisee, had anointed our Saviour's feet with ointment, we find him thus addressing the Pharisee in proof of his incivility, and of the woman's attention to him. “ Mine head with oil thou didst not anoint, but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment *." • You did not pay me even the customary token of respect due to one
* Luke vij. 46.
• whom you had invited to your house : but this woman has supplied your omission, • and by anointing my feet with ointment, • has testified her veneration and affection for me.'
Thus it was with the woman in the text. It does not indeed appear that our Lord had experienced any want of civility in the house where he now was, or had not been treated with every mark of attention and respect; but this woman was anxious to shew some additional and singular proof of her own individual regard and personal admiration of him. Therefore she brought this alabaster box of ointment of spikenard, very precious, and broke the box, and poured it on his head.” Such was her Conduct.
Let us now see the Treatment she received; and first, from some of those who were pre. sent. We read at the fourth verse, “and there were some that had indignation within themselves and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made ? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor: and they mur. mured against her." These persons, not having the same affection and veneration for Jesus, which the woman had, found fault with her Conduct. Not entering into her feelings and motives, they regarded the use which she had made of the ointment as un