THE COMING SAVIOUR.
He has come to claim his own and take his kingdom
unto himself. This wakes the devil out of his
awful slumber (so to speak), to raise resistance and
use his utmost skill to retard the Saviour's progress.
" The light shineth in darkness, and the darkness
comprehended it not." Herod lifts his sword to
slay, the wise men question to baffle, Satan comes
with his temptations to whi, and the very demons
of hell cry out: "Art Thou come hither to torment
us before the time ?" * But like a God as he is he
treads the winepress alone, and says that, "Every
knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess
to God."f But let us not dwell here; the Saviour's
coming was not the completion of his work nor the
joy of his mission; for unto him the people shall be
gathered, and it is a foregone conclusion which needs
not be questioned that he did gather and is still gath¬
ering; and now the question comes, by what means
does he gather them ? I answer:
1st. By his Messiahship. The predictions of the
prophets relative to the coming of Christ are so
completely fulfilled in his advent that the world can
but receive him. The prediction of dying Jacob is
surely fulfilled. Paul comes out as an inspired wit¬
ness and says: " It is evident that our Lord sprang
out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing
* Matt, viii: 29.
\ Rom. xiv : 11.