In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink.…
I. ITS MANNER. It was this which struck His hearers when on the mount (Matthew 7:29). It is no less striking to us who compare the "I say unto you" with the prophetic "thus saith the Lord."
II. ITS MATTER. "Never man spake" —
1. Such wise words. There have been many wise men, but as Solomon excelled all the children of the East, so may we say of the great Teacher "a wiser than Solomon is here." His words were those of one who "knew what was in man." How admirably does He lay open human hearts! With what Divine skill did He answer all questions I How suitably and readily — His enemies being judges (Luke 20:39).
2. Such holy words! He never spoke one that was idle or unprofitable.
3. Such gracious words (Psalm 45; Luke 4:1.)!
III. ITS EFFECT (Luke 4:32).
1. It was a wonder-working voice which Jesus uttered. Devils fled before it, diseases vanished; it called the dead out of their tombs; the winds heard it and were still, the fig-tree and was withered. Yet what was so wonderful as its effect upon men's consciences! What terror and confusion it struck into His enemies (John 18:4), etc.!
2. It wrought wonders in those whom it called to mercy.
(1) Of conviction (John 4:29; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Corinthians 14:24, 25).
(2) Of conversion (John 5:25). Look at the manner in which the disciples were called.
(3) Of consolation (Matthew 14:26, 27).Conclusion: What, then, is our duty?
1. To hear and obey (Hebrews 12:25; John 12:48; Proverbs 1:24).
2. To imitate (Ephesians 4:29).
(A. Roberts, M. A.)
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