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the one theme on high; how heaven is to be filled, filled with the fruits of the Redeemer's travail and the trophies of His grace and love. “Worthy is the Lamb,” they sing who have already entered the heavenly mansions ; but the strain halts, the harmony is thin ; heaven still waits for you. Myriad myriads yet are wanted to swell the strain -the great company of those who love much, for they have much forgiven, alone can make the harmony complete. The saints who have gone home are still expectant; their heaven still lacks its most lustrous ornaments, themselves their purest and most transporting joys. To you, and far on beyond you, the Saviour gazed when He brought forth the world out of the dark womb of chaos, and when He heard in Eden, wailing through the universe, the first moan of a sinner's pain. Beyond the sorrow of that hour, beyond the ages of man's guilt and shame, the Saviour gazed and foresaw the day, when a great company which no man could number, of all nations and kindreds, and peoples and tongues, should stand before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palms in their hands, and crying with a loud voice, “Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”
He gazes on to it still. To realise that vision, of fill that home, to gather that innumerable
company of blessed ones, was worth the bloody and shameful cross. But if that fail, it is all as shameful waste. Sinner, shall it fail ? Will you rob Him of your presence there? Will you rob Him of your song? Will you rob Him of His joy? There is room there, room in the inner circle, room among the first-born around the central throne. And from that throne He pleads; nay He leaves that throne, He puts by that splendour, He wears the nail-prints and the thornscars, and the Man of Sorrows stands once more before the gate of your hearts. “Behold, He stands at the door and knocks.” Lift up the bars, fling wide the gates, and bring Him in with glad hosannas. He shall lodge here with you through life's brief night, you shall lodge there with Him through the long day of Eternity.
“ COME, THEN, FOR ALL THINGS ARE NOW READY.” Come with all your rags upon you, the best robe awaits you, the rings, the banquet, and all the expression of the intensest joy. Come! they are watching there the tear which is brimming in your eye, the sigh which is bursting from your heart, with rapt expectation. They see you turning in purpose to the Saviour; they see your trembling steps tottering to His Cross, and their harps already ring forth the prelude of that exulting strain, which will swell at last into the
burst of heaven's most joyous, most triumphant minstrelsy, when the lost prodigal returns, and the ransomed family is complete :—“ These thy sons were dead, but they are alive again ; they were lost, but they are found.”
And then the travail of creation shall be ended - the patience and the hope of its King. The burden of life shall crush no longer. The pilgrim of the wilderness shall have found his home, the bondsman of sin shall have found his freedom, developed by toil, enriched by pain, immortal by death. The night of sorrow shall be for ever ended, remembered but as the husbandman remembers seed-time when the breeze rustles through the ripening corn. And once more the Voice shall be heard, as when of old it blessed the young creation in its beauty-but charged with a joy whose depth and fulness He only can measure who has borne through the weary ages the burden of such a world as this. Again, the eye of God shall rest on His creationthe new creation, fruit of His travail, child of His pain; and again the benediction shall fall on it as a glory, and shall rest on it for ever, “ BEHOLD, IT IS VERY GOOD.”
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