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character--he was now no longer to suffer and be cruelly entreated--he had now finished the work his Father had given him to do—and had shortly after to ascend to claim his high seat in glory. He now shewed himself to be the Christ, the Son of God, and confirmed the reality of his appointment and mission, by his bursting the bars of the tomb. He would not now be viewed by any as a common charåeter, but as the most wonderful being that had ever appeared in the world--as such even his enemies must consider him. Yet all this did not make him forget his friends, or cause him to lose any thing of that social and condescending disposition he had ever before manifested; but almost as soon as he was risen, he goes to meet some of the members of his little family, and confirm them further in himself, “ He talked with them by the way.”-Oh! what a heaven does Christ here by his example stamp upon Christian intercourse and sacred friendship.-—Behold he talks with his disciples, proving to them that “as ointment and perfume rejoice the heart, so doth the sweetness of a man's friend, by hearty counsel.” And to this day we are permitted to converse with our God—“ he talks with us by the way”-tells us our true character, and reveals his own excellence--he appears as our wonderful counsellor! and to whatever place we journey, we should be concerned to have him talking with us by the way.-T'he next remarkable circumstance in this conversation of our Lord, mentioned in the text, is (2) T'he lustre that he cast upon the divine word.

He talked with us by the way, and opened to us the scriptures.” And well he might, for he told us before that “the Lord had given him the tongue of the learned ; that he should know how to speak a word in season, to him that is weary.” 66 He began," says the evangelist, 6 at Moses and all the prophets, and expounded to them in all the scrip tures, the things concerning himself”_blessed interpreter-divine teacher. We have no reason to

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suppose that he forget the first promise that was made of him, even in the garden of Eden, that he should bruise the head of the serpent: no doubt but the intended sacrifice of Isaae, the patriarch's son -the erection of the brazen serpent on the poleand the various sacrifices under the law, were all delightfully commented on by Jesus the Saviour. He did justice to all the passages-he shewed their full importhe gave them an insight into the meauing of all the prophecies respeeting his death and glory-he took up every part of scripture in its bearing upon himself, he shewed [that he] was “ all in all -even in the Old Testament; and thus by his teachings they discovered far more of the beauty, harmony, and fulfilment of the word of God, than they ever did before, or ever would have done without his instruction. And does he not now give his people to understand the doctrines of his word-does

not now daily open us the scriptures--has he not given to us his Holy Spirit in order to make us more wise in the mysteries of his kingdom,_and are we not directed to seek for him in the field of divine truth as for hid treasure. Oh! how much is there respecting Christ in this holy book, and who is so able to make us know it as himself-—" he opens our understanding that we may understand the scriptures he ever teaches his ministers to open and allege that Christ must needs have suffered and risen again from the dead, and that this Jesus whom we preach unto you is Christ,"-as he taught his aposiles to testify the kingdom of God, persuading men eoneerving Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening." Having then admired the conversation of our Lord with his disciples on the way to Emmaus, we notice

II_T'he effects it produced in their minds.

It was not at all probable that his discourse should be without effect, or fail deeply to interest their minds, since it was the very theme on which they chose to dwell ; and it was conducted in so wise and endearing a manner-it was such that according to their own confession, it made their hearts to burn within them, while he talked with them by the way. -and surely I need not say this was not the glow of shame, lest they should be found in his

companyNo, brethren, they would not have cared who of all the great men of the land had met them in

company with this most intelligent stranger they felt themselves highly honoured by his company, even before they knew his name. Nor was this the heat of anger, or of any bad passion excited by any thing that he delivered his communications were sweet, and soothing. Had they been so disposed, they could find nothing in them that was improper, untrue, or provoking ;-he talked with them as a man talks with his friend the communion was sweet, and the intercourse highly gratifying; hence, though their hearts burned within them, it was neither with shame, nor anger. But this, brethren, permit me to say, was the glow of fixed surprise-of grateful feeling—of humble love, and—of holy animation of soul. Observe, it was the glow

(1) of fixed surprise.

They wondered much that he who appeared a stranger, not only to them, but also to the place where they were, should know so much about them -Jerusalem and Jesus ; they were astonished at his wisdom--at his eloquence.--I almost fancy that they exclaimed 6 Never man spake like this man. With emotions of amazement, they perceived that his “ word was quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dia viding asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow;

and that it is a discoverer of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” With what prying eyes must they have looked upon him; and yet not so as to behold him who he was, because himself had prevented it; yet their hearts burned within them sentiments of unutterable admiration were hid in their breasts whilst he opened to them the scriptures. Agaiu-it was the glow

(2) of grateful feeling.

They must have discovered that they were greatly indebted to this benevolent stranger, who had so effectually enlightened their judgments, and allevi.ated their sorrows.

Their hearts burned within them with the sensation of thankfulness>they saw that he was a praise-worthy character, and, methinks, were devising some acknowledgments for his attention to them, little thinking that it was the Lord. Did your hearts ever glow in this way with a sense of your utter incapability of making any suitable returns to him that loved you, and revealed to you his will ? For your fellowship with him, bave you ever said—what shall I render to the Lord ? Did you ever feel the high honour of being with Jesus--admitted into his presence, and being made partakers of his grace ? All your hearts, Christians, should glow with gratitude, and burn with love. Hence, we remark again, their hearts burned within them with the sensation

(3) of humble love. Finding as they did, that his words 66 were found of them, and they did eat them," and they were to them the joy and the rejoicing of their hearts, they manifested a strong attachment to him whom they supposed to be a new friend. He engaged their affections, hence they desired more of his company, and said, when their fears were excited lest le should depart from them—"Abide with us, for it is toward evening."-So do the hearts of the people of God burn within them to the present day, with like sensations, under similar enjoyments-the flame of divine love is kindled in their souls the words of his mouth appear to them sweeter than the honey or the honeycomb ;-his doctrine drops like the rain, and distils like the dew, and sensible that none teacheth like him, they admire and love him before all others. Oh! how excellent a thing it is thus to love the Saviour.---Let it be our happiness to sit at his feet; and with meekness receive the

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ingrafted word of truth, which is able to save the soul, so shall its admirable Author rise daily more and more in our esteem. Finally, it was the glow

(4) of holy animation of soul.

Divine light broke in upon their minds, and dispersed their remaining unbelief_they were elevated above the world to the contemplation of their adorable Redeemer. He touched their finest feelings he filled their souls with the sublime joys of his salvation-he inspired them with pure devetion, and fixedness of heart-and while he led them to the consideration of Him who endured such contradietion of sinners against himself, he prevented them from being weary and fainting in their minds. "And oh! Christians, what sweet moments-rich in blessinghave you enjoyed, when in converse with {mmanuel. 6 Whether in the body, or out of the body," you have hardly been able to tell ;-drops of heaven have been bestowed upon you here below—the light of the Divine countenance has caused you to take your harp from the willows, and make every string speak to the praise of love divine. Did not your hearts burn within

you

? Were you not like Peter on the mount, who, in an extacy of joy said, “ Lord it is good to be here ?" You anticipated the joys of the blessed, you drank of the brook by the way, and seemed ready to depart and to be with Christ, to drink wine new with him, in the kingdom of his Father. This holy delight in God is real, and not enthusiastic it is bestowed only on the new born heirs of grace, and it is given them as a pledge of joys to come their hearts burn within them while he talks with them by the way.

In reflecting on this subject we are struck with the idea that

We often have to blame ourselves for not sufficiently estimating our mercies during the time of their continuance.

These disciples, notwithstanding the pleasure they had found in his society, did not, till just as he left

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