THE COMING DAY
Beyond the war-clouds and the red-
I see the Promise of the Coming
I see His Sun arise, new charged
Earth's tears to dry and all her
No more shall Might,
Though leagued with all the Forces
of the Night,
Ride over Right. No more shall
The World's gross agonies prolong.
Who waits His time shall surely see
The triumph of His Constancy; --
When without let, or bar, or stay,
The coming of His Perfect Day
Shall sweep the Powers of Night
Replumed for nobler flight,
Aglow with radiance bright,
In loveliness bedight,
SHALL GREET THE MORNING LIGHT!
-- Author Unknown
"BEHOLD, HE COMETH!"
HONOR AND AUTHORITY BELONG TO THE
SON OF MAN
Perhaps the most extensive expression of the
Father-Son relationship recorded in the Scriptures
is found in John 5:17-29. Having healed a lame man
on the Sabbath, the Jews determined to put Jesus to
death. He answereth "My Father worketh hitherto, and
I work". This only increased their desire to kill
Him -- not only because He had broken their concept
of the Sabbath, but because he also said "that God
was his Father, MAKING HIMSELF EQUAL WITH
Jesus told these unbelieving Jews that He could
do nothing of Himself; He could only do what He saw
the Father do. Then He made a claim that, on other
lips, would have been nothing short of blasphemy.
"For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all
things that himself doeth: and he will shew him
greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For as
the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them;
even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the
Father judgeth no man, but hath committed ALL
JUDGMENT unto the Son That all men should HONOR THE
SON, even as they honor the Father. He
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that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father
which hath sent him".
In this passage there are three outstanding
thoughts: (1) No man can honor the Father while
rejecting the Son; (2) The power of life and death
are in Jesus' hands; and (3) To Him belongs the
authority of Universal Judgment.
It should be remembered that Jesus Himself
declared the utter impossibility of honoring the
Father without honoring the Son IN LIKE MANNER. This
should, forever, rule out the idea of endeavoring to
arrive, through compromise, at a WORLD RELIGION
which men of all faiths can accept. Who, outside of
Christianity, would accept Jesus Christ as the very
Son of God, and honor Him with the Most High? When
sending out His disciples two by two, Jesus
declared: "He that heareth you heareth me; and he
that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that
despiseth me despiseth him that sent me". (Lk.
His disciples held forth this same message is
evident: "Who is a liar but he that denieth that
Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth
the Father and the Son. Whoever denieth the Son, the
same hath not the Father", (I John 2:22-23).
Again, Jesus claimed for Himself the power to
give and take life. To Martha, as they stood near
the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus said: "I AM the
resurrection, and the 1ife: he that believeth in me,
though he were dead, yet shall he live", (Jn.
11,25). Again He said: "I am the way, the truth, and
the LIFE", (Jn. 14:6). In His intercessory prayer,
of John 17, His voice is again heard: "Father, the
hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may
glorify thee: As thou hast given him POWER OVER ALL
FLESH, that he should give eternal life to as many
as thou hast given him. And this is eternal life,
that they might know thee the only true God, and
Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent", (John 17:1-3).
Only as men "know" God, can they possess this
eternal life; and it was Jesus' claim that ONLY HE
COULD MAKE HIM KNOWN.
Paul admonished Timothy not to be ashamed of his
bonds, but to become a partaker of the afflictions
of the Gospel according to the power of God, "Who
hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling,
not according to our works, but according to his own
purpose and grace" -- declaring that Jesus Christ
has "abolished death, and hath brought life &
immortality to light through the Gospel", (2 Tim.
WILLIE'S LAST ENTERTAINMENT
"Don't bother me about conversion; I know all
about it; but the truth is, I LIKE THE WORLD, and
I'm not going to turn 'religious' yet. Take your
way, and I'll take mine. Go to your meetings, sing
your hymns, and pray, but don't trouble me any more.
I'll be all right, some day", and with these words
Willie left the room where his sister sat
He was the only son of a fond mother, a kind,
affectionate boy, but not saved, His sister Annie
was three years older, and had been converted to God
two years. Now she longed to see her brother trust
in the Lord. She prayed and sought every opportunity
to bring the Gospel, and his need of it before
Once and again Willie had been convicted, but
the fear of his companions sneers had kept him from
yielding his heart to the Lord. He was far from
happy; indeed, at times he seemed completely
miserable. Whatever his lips might utter, by way of
excuse or defense, he was fully aware that the path
he was treading had its end in hell, and that his
mother and sister had the best of it -- for time as
well as for eternity.
All afternoon Willie had been preparing to go
out with friends to enjoy an evening's
"entertainment". Just as he was putting on his' coat
to go, Annie ventured to say, "I wish I saw you
going out to spend the evening in the service of the
Lord, Willie. I wonder when that will be?"
The reply he made we have quoted
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above, and then Willie hurried off to join his
companions. Annie heaved a sigh as she saw him go,
and her heart was lifted to the throne of God --
with whom all things are possible -- that somehow He
would lay His hand on Willie and bring him to
The evening passed, and Willie was home early.
He spoke very little, but Annie gathered that the
evening's "entertainment" had been a disappointment
to him. It had not come up to his expectations. Like
most of the world's affairs, it was less brilliant
than it had been represented, and Willie seemed out
of temper over it. But perhaps there was another
reason too; his conscience was ill-at-ease, and that
often spoils the worldling's joy.
Willie retired to his room very shortly and, of
course, Annie had to remember his rule and say
nothing to him on the subject of conversion. But,
she sang to herself the familiar lines:
"I've tried the broken cisterns,
But, Ah! the waters failed;
E'en as I stooped to drink they
And mocked me as I wailed."
Knowing full well the meaning of those words,
and for whom they were intended, Willie quietly said
"good night" to his mother and sister and passed
into his room -- to be alone with God.
What passed there between the convicted youth
and his God, no one can tell, Some time later Annie
heard a sound coming from her bro-
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ther's room, as If someone was speaking aloud.
Fearing that her brother might be ill, she gently
tapped at the door. Willie opened it, and before
Annie had time to speak threw his arms around her.
Bursting into tears, he said, "We will sing the
chorus of your hymn together now, Annie", and he led
off himself, with the words:
"NOW none but Christ can satisfy,
None other name for me;
There's love, and life, and lasting
Lord Jesus, found in Thee".
What joy filled Annie's heart to know that her
brother had finally trusted in Jesus as the Saviour
and Satisfier of his soul. There was
INDESCRIBABLE JOY under the widow's roof that night
as mother, son, and daughter knelt together and gave
thanks to God that they were now an unbroken circle
in the Lord--Three on earth, and the absent father
already "present with the Lord".
The next day Willie went out to tell his friends
of his glorious experience -- heartily and joyfully
testifying to all around of the saving power of
Have YOU yet trusted in Jesus? If not, WHY NOT?
The world cannot give you anything that lasts -- or
really satisfies. Its pleasures do not satisfy;
death will end them all. Then comes eternity --- an
eternity without God, without Jesus -- an eternity
in hell. Would YOU with open eyes CHOOSE SUCH A
MISERABLE PORTION?? Or will you be wise and trust
-- Selected & Revised
SULLIVAN TRANSPORTATION FUND
A letter from Pastor Jim McCoy states that as of
"April 1 the Antioch MBC of Greencastle, Indiana had
raised $328.00 toward the passage funds needed by
missionary Edgar D. Sullivan. As of that date they
had not received an offering from any sister
The CLARION HERALD is glad to run regular
reports about the progress of this, and any other,
fund established to meet the needs of our
missionaries. Hope to have a report on the fund
established by Bro. Mike Rogers & the Union Hill
MBC, of Bradford, Arkansas, to purchase a vehicle
for the Potter's in the next issue.