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the tragedy of the Cross ? What then can be “lacking" for us to fill up?

It is true that the Cross stands for a full and complete expiation of human sin. No mortal man can help Christ to bear his cross. He nowhere asks it. He does not say, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, take up my cross and follow me"; but “Let him take up his cross. We cannot enter into partnership with him in his vicarious pain. We cannot bear the slightest part of it. On his way to Calvary he paused at the Garden of Gethsemane and, as he entered the shadow of the olive trees, said to his chosen disciples, “Sit ye here, while I go yonder"; and he passed “yonder" into the darker shadow, where all alone he pressed the purple cup of death to his lips; as it had been written of him, “I have trodden the winepress alone and of the peoples there was no man with me." And at the conclusion of the three hours of mortal anguish on the cross he cried, “It is finished !” so signifying that nothing remains to be done for the expiation of the world's sin.

But there is still somewhat "lacking' of the sufferings of Christ for us to fulfill. There is work to be done in which we can co-operate with him. It is nineteen hundred years since he tasted death for every man, and there are still twelve hundred millions of people who have either never heard of the gospel or care nothing about it. The burden of the unsaved multitude is still upon the heart of

Christ; and it is for us to help him bear it. That which is “lacking" is the bringing of the world to God. Did he weep, saying, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not”? “Did Christ o'er sinners weep and shall our tears be dry?" Hear his word: “Go out into the highways and hedges and constrain them to come in !"

And this is his yoke. He bears his cross alone, but his yoke he shares with us. “Take my yoke upon you,” he says: "Help me to carry the burden of a sin-stricken world back to truth and righteousness! Lend a hand in the reaping of the yellow harvest of souls! My yoke is your yoke: I leave it behind that ye may carry it with me." This is the work of the Church; and this is the work of every true Christian who is a member of it. Oh, how much remains of the work of the Master for us to do!

Christ under the Yoke.-And there is a fifth fact which must be taken into consideration in our analysis of this law, to wit: The yoke is easy and the burden is light.

The yoke is easy because it is always for two. The burden is light because he helps us carry it. If ever it seems heavy let me remember that just beside me, under the other half of my yoke, is my Lord. I never toil alone; it is always Christ and I.

A farmer driving home from market overtook a weary traveler with a pack on his shoulders, bowing under the heat and burden of the day. "Will you give me a lift?” said the weary man. The farmer assented and the traveler climbed in behind him. As he drove on, chancing to look behind him, he saw that the traveler's burden was still on his back. “Why don't you lay it down and rest ?” asked he. “It is enough,” replied the foolish man, , "that you should carry me without carrying my burden, too."

And thus we journey heavenward, making our yoke hard and our burden heavy, because we forget that for Christ to carry us is no easier than to carry our burden with us. Ünload, my friend, and learn the comfort of perfect trust. Get so far into accord with the Spirit of Christ that you shall be able to sing:

"How gentle God's commands,

How kind his precepts are!
Come, cast your burdens on the Lord

And trust his constant care.

"His goodness stands approved,

Unchanged from day to day;
I'll drop my burden at his feet

And bear a song away.”

A law for all men.--So runs the blessed Law of Christ. It was intended for all; not for Christians only, but for everybody in this world of ours. It was designed to be as comprehensive as the law of gravity which so prevails in the natural universe that the rolling sun and the planets and every particle of matter are under its sway. But the Law of Christ, unlike the law of gravity, was made for men and women created in the likeness of a sovereign God and therefore with sovereign wills that can challenge the Law and disobey it. For this reason you and I must each for himself determine whether he will come under its control or not.

But for those who profess to follow Christ there is no option in these premises. We are in covenant bonds; and this is the very touchstone of discipleship. It is a well-known fact that the presence of certain metals can be determined by the various colors which they emit. The Christian life is in like manner attested by obedience to the Law of Christ, as he said: "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

And here is also the secret of a happy Christian life. Our Lord, when he entered upon his earthly ministry, came joyously under the control of this royal law; as it is written, “Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." In like manner the Christian who yields himself with a cordial abandon to the sway of this Law finds the true happiness of life here and an abundant entrance into the life eternal. Wherefore, let the mind that was in Christ Jesus be also in you.

He who thus follows Christ is no longer an alien from the commonwealth of Israel and a stranger to the covenants of promise, but is become an enfranchised citizen of the kingdom of God.

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