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The Angels' Song   By: (1803-1873)

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THE ANGELS' SONG.

ALEXANDER STRAHAN 148 Strand , London 178 Grand Street , New York

THE ANGELS' SONG

BY THOMAS GUTHRIE, D.D.

AUTHOR OF "MAN AND THE GOSPEL," ETC.

[Illustration: Publisher's device]

ALEXANDER STRAHAN, PUBLISHER LONDON AND NEW YORK 1866

CONTENTS.

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PART I., 5

I. THAT REDEMPTION YIELDS THE HIGHEST GLORY TO GOD, 14

PART II., 23

II. REDEMPTION GLORIFIES GOD IN THE SIGHT OF HOLY ANGELS, 30

III. REDEMPTION GLORIFIES GOD THROUGHOUT ALL THE UNIVERSE, 35

IV. THE REDEEMER AND REDEMPTION ARE WORTHY OF OUR HIGHEST PRAISE, 40

PART III., 47

V. THEY WERE MEN OF A PEACEFUL CALLING, 55

VI. THEY WERE MEN OF HUMBLE RANK, 60

VII. THEY WERE MEN ENGAGED IN COMMON DUTIES, 65

PART IV., 69

VIII. JESUS RESTORES PEACE BETWEEN GOD AND MAN, 80

PART V., 93

IX. JESUS BRINGS PEACE TO THE SOUL, 102

X. JESUS SHALL BRING PEACE TO THE WORLD, 110

PART VI., 117

XI. THE PERSONS TO WHOM GOOD WILL IS EXPRESSED, 126

XII. THE PERSON WHO EXPRESSES "GOOD WILL," 134

PART I.

The birth of an heir to the throne is usually accompanied by circumstances befitting so great an event. No place is deemed worthy of it but a royal palace; and there, at the approach of the expected hour, high nobles and the great officers of state assemble, while the whole country, big with hope, waits to welcome a successor to its long line of kings. Cannons announce the event; seaward, landward, guns flash and roar from floating batteries and rocky battlements; bonfires blaze on hill tops; steeples ring out the news in merry peals; the nation holds holiday, giving itself up to banqueting and enjoyments, while public prayers and thanksgivings rise to Him by whom kings reign and princes decree justice. With such pomp and parade do the heirs of earthly thrones enter on the stage of life! So came not He who is the King of kings and Lord of lords. On the eve of His birth the world went on its usual round. None were moved for His coming; nor was there any preparation for the event a chamber, or anything else. No fruit of unhallowed love, no houseless beggar's child enters life more obscurely than the Son of God. The very tokens by which the shepherds were taught to recognise Him were not the majesty but the extreme meanness of his condition: "This shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." In fact, the Lord of heaven was to be recognised by his humiliation, as its heirs are by their humility. Yet, as we have seen a black and lowering cloud have its edges touched with living gold by the sun behind it, so all the darkest scenes of our Lord's life appear more or less irradiated with the splendours of a strange glory. Take that night on Galilee when a storm roared over land and lake, enough to wake all but the dead... Continue reading book >>




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