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The Faithful Promiser by John Ross Macduff

28TH DAY. A Joyful Resurrection.

|He is Faithful that Promised.|

|This corruptible must put on incorruption.| -- 1 COR. xv.53.

A Joyful Resurrection.

Marvel of marvels? The sleeping ashes of the sepulchre starting at the tones of the archangel's trumpet! -- the dishonoured dust, rising a glorified body, like its risen Lord's? At death, the soul's bliss is perfect in kind; but this bliss is not complete in degree, until reunited to the tabernacle it has left behind to mingle with the sods of the valley. But tread lightly on that grave, it contains precious, because ransomed dust! My body, as well as my spirit, was included in the redemption price of Calvary; and |them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.| Oh! blessed Jubilee-day of creation, when Christ's |dead men shall arise;| -- when, together with His dead body, they shall come; and the summons shall sound forth, |Awake, and sing, ye that dwell in the dust!| All the joys of that resurrection morn we cannot tell; but its chief glory we do know, -- |When He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.| Like Him! -- My soul, art thou waiting this manifestation of the sons of God? Like Him! -- Hast thou caught up any faint resemblance to that all-glorious image? Having this hope in thee, art thou purifying thyself, even as He is pure? Be much with Jesus now, that thou mayst exult in meeting Him hereafter. Thus taking Him as thy Guide and Portion in life, thou mayst lay thee down in thy dark and noisome cell, and look forward with triumphant hope to the dawn of a resurrection morn, saying, |What time I awake, I am still with Thee!|

|REMEMBER THIS WORD UNTO THY SERVANT, UPON
WHICH THOU HAST CAUSED ME TO HOPE!|

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