[epq-quote align=”align-right”]Death is to you a conquered foe. –Henry Law[/epq-quote]Henry Law has a marvelous Gospel treatment of the feast of first-fruits, as described inÂ Leviticus 23:10-11: “When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first-fruits you harvest. He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath.” This is consequently the same day which Jesus eventually rose from the grave. Happy Easter
When the Redeemer burst the bands, you rose arrayed in clothing of eternal life. God’s eye beams on you, as brought back in Jesus to His home.Know, also, that the reality is near. Doubt not. Death is to you a conquered foe. It will indeed approach. It will extend an icy hand. It will take down your tottering house. It will consign you to a narrow cell. It will call worms to do their work. Your body is sin-soiled; let it then be dissolved. But cast away all fears. Death’s seeming triumph is a real defeat. It lays you low, that you may rise the higher. It wounds to heal. It weakens to give strength. It mars to bring in fresher beauty. The grave must part asunder. A clarion note will wake the sleeping clay. Those who are Christ’s, will rise as portions of His body. But, oh! how changed! The crumbling dust will then shine brighter than the mid-day sun. Decay will bloom into unfading youth. The mortal will be robed in immortality. The fleshy clog will be all spirit.Reader, our present thought cannot conceive such a state. But it is true, and it is near. The trumpet is prepared to sound. The Lord of life is at the door. Hear these sure tidings in the First-sheaf’s voice, and glory in your resurrection-hopes.
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