Nevertheless, Hereafter

   (No. 1364)




   "Jesus said unto him, You have said (or said so), nevertheless, I say
   unto you, Hereafter shall you see the Son of Man sitting on the right
   hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of Heaven." Matthew 26:64.

   Our Lord, before His enemies, was silent in His own defense, but He
   faithfully warned and boldly avowed the Truth of God. His was the
   silence of patience, not of indifference--of courage, not of cowardice.
   It is written that "before Pontius Pilate He witnessed a good
   confession," and that statement may, also, be well applied to His
   utterances before Caiaphas, for there He was not silent when it came to
   confession of necessary Truths of God. If you will read the chapter now
   open before us, you will notice that the High Priest commanded Him to
   speak the truth, saying, "Are You the Christ, the Son of God?" to which
   He replied at once, "You have said it."

   He did not disown His Messiahship. He claimed to be the Promised One,
   the Messenger from Heaven, Christ the Anointed of the Most High.
   Neither did He, for a moment, disavow His personal Deity! He
   acknowledged and confessed that He was the Son of God. How could He be
   silent when such a vital point as to His Person was in question? He did
   not hold them in suspense, but openly declared His Godhead by saying,
   "I am," for so are His words reported by one of the Evangelists.

   He then proceeded to reveal the solemn fact that He would soon sit at
   the right hand of God, even the Father. In the words of our text He
   declared that those who were condemning Him would see Him glorified
   and, in due time, would stand at His bar when He would come upon the
   clouds of Heaven to judge the quick and dead according to our Gospel.
   See, then, dear Brothers and Sisters, in a few words, the great Truths
   of our holy religion clearly set forth by our Lord Jesus! He claimed to
   be the Christ of God and the Son of God! And His brief statement, by
   implication, speaks of Jesus dead, buried and risen, and now enthroned
   at the right hand of God in the power of the Father, and Jesus soon to
   come in His glorious Second Advent to judge the world in righteousness.

   Our Lord's confession was very full and, happy is he who heartily
   embraces it! I intend to dwell upon three catchwords around which there
   gathers a world of encouraging and solemn thought. The first is,
   "nevertheless," and the second is, "hereafter." What the third is you
   shall know later, but not just now.

   I. "NEVERTHELESS," said Christ, "hereafter shall you see the Son of Man
   sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of
   Heaven." This, then, is the string from which we must draw forth music.
   "Nevertheless," which, being interpreted by being pulled in pieces,
   signifies that the Truth of God is never-the-less sure because of
   opposition. "Nevertheless," not one atom the less is the Truth of God
   certain to prevail for all that you say or do against it. Jesus will
   surely sit at the right hand of the Power and come in due season, upon
   the clouds of Heaven.

   Let us dwell for a little time upon this important fact, that the Truth
   of God is none the less certain because of the opposition of men and
   devils. Observe, first, that the Savior's condition when He made use of
   that, "nevertheless," was no proof that He would not rise to power.
   There He stood, a poor, defenseless, emaciated Man, newly led from the
   night watch in the garden and its bloody sweat. He was a spectacle of
   meek and lowly suffering led by His captors like a lamb to the
   slaughter, with none to speak a word on His behalf. He was surrounded
   by those who hated Him and He was forsaken by His friends.

   Scribes, Pharisees, priests were there, all thirsting for His heart's
   blood. A lamb in the midst of wolves is but a faint picture of Christ
   standing there before the Sanhedrim in patient silence. And yet, though
   His present condition seemed to contradict it, He who was the faithful
   and true Witness spoke truly when He testified, "Nevertheless,
   hereafter you shall see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of Heaven.
   Despite My present shame and suffering, so it shall be." He gives

   Himself that lowly, humble title of Son of Man, as best indicating
   Himself in His condition at that time. "Hereafter you shall see the Son
   of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds
   of Heaven."

   The humiliation of Christ did not in the least endanger His later
   Glory. His sufferings, His shame, His death, even, did not render it
   any the less certain that He would climb to His Throne. Nor did the
   caviling of His opposers keep Him, for one instant, from His place of
   honor. I want you to remember this, for there is a great principle in
   it. There are many poor weak-minded people who cannot take sides with a
   persecuted Truth of God, nor accept anything but the most popular and
   fashionable form of religion. They dare not be with the Truth of God
   when men spit in its face, or buffet it, or pour contempt upon it--but
   it will be victorious, none the less, although cowards desert it and
   false-hearted men oppose it.

   If it stands alone at the bar of the world, a culprit to be
   condemned--if it receives nothing but a universal hiss of human
   execration--yet, if it is the Truth of God, it may be condemned, but it
   will be justified! It may be buried, but it will rise! It may be
   rejected, but it will be glorified, even as it has happened to the
   Christ of God! Who would be ashamed of the Truth of God at any time
   when he knows the preciousness of it? Who will tremble because of
   present opposition when he foresees what will yet come of it? What a
   sublime spectacle--the Man of Sorrows standing before His cruel judges
   in all manner of weakness and poverty and contempt--and at the same
   time heir of all things and appointed, nevertheless, to sit at the
   right hand of the Power and to come on the clouds of Heaven!

   Nor may we think only of His condition as a despised and rejected Man,
   for He was, in His trial, charged with grievous wrong and about to be
   condemned by the ecclesiastical authorities. The scribes, most learned
   in the Law, declared that He blasphemed. And the priests, familiar with
   the ordinances of God, exclaimed, "Away with Him! It is not meet that
   He should live." The High Priest, himself, gave judgment that it was
   expedient for Him to be put to death. It is a very serious thing, is it
   not, when all the ecclesiastical authorities are against you--when they
   are unanimous in your condemnation? Yes, verily, and it may cause great
   searching of heart, for no peaceable man desires to be opposed to
   constituted authority, but would sooner have the good word of those who
   sit in Moses' seat.

   But this was not the last time in which the established ecclesiastical
   authorities were wrong, grievously wrong! They were condemning the
   innocent and blaspheming the Lord from Heaven! Nor, I say, was this the
   last time in which the miter and the gown have been upon the side of
   cruel wrong--yet this did not un-Christ our Savior or rob Him of His
   Deity or His Throne! On the same principle, human history brings before
   us abundance of instances in which, nevertheless, though scribes,
   priests, bishops, pontiffs and popes condemned the Truth of God, it was
   just as sure and became as triumphant as it had a right to do! There
   stands the one lone Man and there are all the great ones around
   Him--men of authority and reputation, sanctity and pomp--and they
   unanimously deny that He can ever sit at the right hand of God!

   "But, nevertheless," He says, "hereafter you shall see the Son of Man
   at the right hand of the Power." He spoke the Truth of God! His
   declaration has been most gloriously fulfilled up to now. Even thus,
   over the neck of clergy, priests, pontiffs, popes, His triumphant
   chariot of salvation shall still roll and the Truth of God--the simple
   Truth of His glorious Gospel--shall, despite them all, win the day and
   reign over the sons of men! Nor is this all. Our Lord, at that time,
   was surrounded by those who were in possession of earthly power. The
   priests had the ear of Pilate and Pilate had the Roman legions at his
   back. Who could resist such a combination of force? Craft and authority
   form a dreadful league!

   One disciple had drawn a sword, but just at the time when our Lord
   stood before the Sanhedrim that one chivalrous warrior had denied Him
   so that all the physical force was on the other side. As a Man He was
   helpless when He stood bound before the council. I am not speaking, now
   of that almighty power which faith knows to have dwelt in Him--but as
   to human power, He was weakness at its weakest. His cause seemed at the
   lowest ebb. He had none to stand up in His defense--no, none to speak a
   word on His behalf, for, "Who shall declare His generation?" And yet,
   for all that, and even because of it, He did rise to sit at the right
   hand of the Power and He shall come on the clouds of Heaven!

   So if it ever comes to pass, my Brother, that you should be the lone
   advocate of a forgotten Truth of God--if your Master should ever put
   you, in all your weakness and infirmity, in the midst of the mighty and
   the strong, do not fear or tremble, for the possession of power is but
   a trifle compared with the possession of the Truth of God! And he that
   has the right may safely defy the might of the world. He shall win and
   conquer, let the princes and powers that betake to

   themselves what force and craft they choose. Jesus, nevertheless, wins,
   though the power is all against Him--and so shall the Truth which He
   represents--for it wears about it a hidden power which baffles all

   Nor was it merely all the power--there was a great deal of furious rage
   against Him. That Caiaphas, how he spoke to Him! "I command you," he
   sad, "by God." And after he has spoken, he tears his garments in
   indignation! His anger burns like fire, but the Christ is very quiet.
   The Lamb of God is still and, looking His adversary in the face, He
   says, "Nevertheless, hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting at
   the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of Heaven." He
   was strong and, therefore, calm. He was confident and, therefore,
   peaceful. He was fully assured and, therefore, patient. He could wait,
   for He believed--and His prophecy was true, notwithstanding the High
   Priest's rage!

   So, if we meet with any man at any time who gnashes his teeth at us,
   who foams in passion, who dips his pen into the bitterest gall to write
   down our holy faith, who is indefatigable in his violent efforts
   against the Christ of God--what does it matter? "Nevertheless, you
   shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power." "Yet
   have I set My king upon My holy hill of Zion," said Jehovah--and He
   declared the decree though the heathen raged and the people imagined a
   vain thing! Well may He smile at rage who is so sure of victory!

   Yes, but it was not merely one person that raged! The people of
   Jerusalem and the multitudes that had come up to the Passover, bribed
   and egged on by the priests and the Pharisees, were all hot after our
   Savior's death, clamoring, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" And yet there He
   stood and, as He heard their tumult and anticipated its growing demand
   for His blood, He lost not His confidence, but He calmly said,
   "Nevertheless, hereafter shall you see the Son of Man sitting at the
   right hand of the Power." Behold His perfect inward peace and see how
   He manifests it by a bold confession in the very teeth of all His
   adversaries! "You may be as many as the waves of the sea and you may
   foam and rage like the ocean in a storm, but the purpose and the decree
   of God will, nevertheless, be fulfilled. You cannot delay or hinder it
   one whit. You, to your everlasting confusion, shall see the Son of Man
   sitting at the right hand of the Power."

   Beloved, you know that after He had said this, our Lord was taken
   before Herod and Pilate and at last was put to death. He knew all this,
   foreseeing it most clearly, and yet it did not make Him hesitate. He
   knew that He would be crucified and that His enemies would boast that
   there was the end of Him and of His Kingdom. He knew that His disciples
   would hide themselves in holes and corners and that nobody would dare
   to say a word concerning the Man of Nazareth. He foreknew that the name
   of the Nazarene would be bandied about amid general opprobrium and
   Jerusalem would say, "That cause is crushed out! That egg of mischief
   has been broken."

   But He, foreseeing all that and more, declared, "Nevertheless,
   hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the
   Power, and coming on the clouds of Heaven." I cannot help harping upon
   the text--I hope I shall not weary you with it, for to me it is music!
   I do not like running over the word, "nevertheless," too quickly. I
   like to draw it out and repeat it as, "never-the-less." No, not one jot
   the less will His victory come! Not in the least degree was His royal
   power endangered or His sure triumph imperiled! Not even by His death
   and the consequent scattering of His disciples was the least hazard
   occasioned! But, indeed, all these things worked together for the
   accomplishment of the Divine purpose concerning Him! The lower He
   stooped the more sure He was to rise ultimately to His Glory!

   And now, Beloved, it is even so. The man, Christ Jesus, was despised
   and rejected of men, but at this moment He sits at the right hand of
   the Power! All power is given to Him in Heaven and in earth and,
   therefore, does He bid us proclaim His Gospel. There is not an angel
   but does His bidding. Providence is arranged by His will, for, "the
   government shall be upon His shoulders and His name shall be called
   Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The
   Prince of Peace." Atoning work is done and, therefore, He sits. His
   work is well done and, therefore, He sits at the right hand of God, in
   the place of honor and dignity!

   Before long He will come. We cannot tell when. He may come tonight, or
   He may tarry many a weary year--but He will surely come in Person, for
   did not the angels say to the men of Galilee, as they stood gazing into
   Heaven--"This same Jesus shall so come in like manner as you have seen
   Him go into Heaven"? He shall come with blast of trumpet and with
   thousands of angelic beings, all doing Him honor! He shall come with
   flaming fire to visit the trembling earth. He shall come with all His
   Father's glories! Kings and princes shall stand before Him and He shall
   gloriously reign among His ancients. The tumults of the people and the
   plotting of their rulers shall be remembered in that day, but it shall
   be to their own eternal shame!

   His Throne shall be none the less resplendent. I beg you to learn the
   spiritual lesson which comes out of this. I have already indicated it
   and it is this--never be afraid to stand by a losing cause. Never
   hesitate to stand alone when the Truth of God is to be confessed. Never
   be overawed by sacerdotalism, or daunted by rage, or swayed by
   multitudes. Unpopular Truth is, nevertheless, eternal--and that
   doctrine which is ridiculed and cast out as evil, today, shall bring
   immortal honor to the man who dares to stand by its side and share its
   humiliation! Oh, for the love of the Christ who thus threw a,
   "nevertheless," at the feet of His foes, follow Him wherever He goes.
   Through flood or flame, in loneliness, in shame, in obloquy, in
   reproach--follow Him! If it is outside the camp, follow Him!

   If every step shall cost you abuse and scorn, still follow! Yes, to
   prison and to death still follow Him, for as surely as He sits at the
   right hand of the Power, so shall those who love Him and have been
   faithful to His Truth sit down upon His Throne with Him. His overcoming
   and enthronement are the pledges of the victory both of the Truth of
   God and of those who courageously espouse it. Thus have we sounded our
   first great bell--"NEVERTHELESS." Let its music ring through the place
   and charm each opened ear!

   II. The second bell is "HEREAFTER." "Nevertheless, hereafter." I like
   the sound of those two bells together! Let us ring them again.
   "Nevertheless, hereafter." The hereafter seems, in brief, to say to me
   that the main glory of Christ lies in the future. Not today, perhaps,
   nor tomorrow will the issue be seen! Have patience! Wait a while! "Your
   strength is to sit still." God has great leisure, for He is the
   Eternal. Let us partake in His restfulness while we sing,
   "Nevertheless, hereafter." O for the Holy Spirit's power at this
   moment, for it is written, "He will show you things to come."

   It is one great reason why the unregenerate sons of men cannot see any
   Glory in the kingdom of Christ because to them it is such a future
   thing. Its hopes look into eternity! Its great rewards are beyond this
   present time and state--and the most of mortal eyes cannot see so far.
   Unregenerate men are like Passion in John Bunyan's parable--they will
   have all their good things now--and so they have their toys and break
   them and they are gone! And then their hereafter is a dreary outlook of
   regret and woe. Men of faith know better and, like Patience in the same
   parable, they choose to have their best things last, for that which
   comes last, lasts on forever. He whose turn comes last has none to
   follow him and his good things shall never be taken away from him.

   The poor, almost-blind world cannot see beyond its own nose and so it
   must have its joys and riches at once. To them, speedy victory is the
   main thing and the Truth of God is nothing. Is the cause triumphant
   today? Off with your caps and throw them up and cry, "Hurrah!" no
   matter that it is the cause of a lie! Do the multitudes incline that
   way? Then, Sir, if you are worldly-wise, run with them! Pull off the
   palm branches, strew the roads and shout, "Hosanna to the hero of the
   hour!" though he is a despot or a deceiver. But not so--not so with
   those who are taught of God. They take eternity into their estimate and
   they are content to go with the despised and rejected of men for the
   present, because they recollect the hereafter! They can swim against
   the flood for they know where the course of this world is tending.

   O blind world, if you were wise, you would amend your line of action
   and begin to think of the hereafter, too, for the hereafter will soon
   be here! What a short time it is since Adam walked in the Garden of
   Eden! Compared with the ages of the rocks, compared with the history of
   the stars, compared with the life of God it is as the winking of an
   eye, or as a flash of lightning! One has but to grow a little older and
   years become shorter and time appears to travel at a much faster rate
   than before--so that a year rushes by you like a meteor across the
   midnight heavens. When we are older, still, and look down from the
   serene abodes above, I suppose that centuries and ages will be as
   moments to us, for to the Lord they are as nothing!

   Suppose the coming of the Lord should be put off for 10,000 years--it
   is but supposition--but if it were, 10,000 years will soon be gone and
   when the august spectacle of Christ coming on the clouds of Heaven
   shall be seen, the delay will be as though but an hour had intervened.
   The space between now and then, or rather the space between what is
   "now," at this time, and what will be, "now," at the last--how short a
   span it is! Men will look back from the eternal world and say, "How
   could we have thought so much of the fleeting life we have lived on
   earth when it was to be followed by eternity? What fools we were to
   make such count of momentary, transient pleasures when now the things
   which are not seen and are eternal, have come upon us and we are
   unprepared for them!"

   Christ will soon come and, at the longest, when He comes, the interval
   between today and then will seem to be just nothing at all--so that,
   "hereafter," is not as the sound of a far-off cannon, nor as the boom
   of distant thunder--but it is the rolling of rushing wheels hastening
   to overtake us. "Hereafter!" "Hereafter!" Oh, when that hereafter
   comes, how

   overwhelming it will be to Jesus' foes! Now where is Caiaphas? Will he
   now command the Lord to speak? Now, you priests, lift up your haughty
   heads! Utter a sentence against Him, now! There sits your Victim upon
   the clouds of Heaven! Say now that He blasphemes and hold up your torn
   rags and condemn Him again! But where is Caiaphas? He hides his guilty
   head! He is utterly confused and begs the mountains to fall upon him!

   And, oh, you men of the Sanhedrim who sat at midnight and glared at
   your innocent Victim with your cold, cruel eyes and afterwards gloated
   over the death of your martyred Prince--where are you now--now that He
   has come with all His Father's power to judge you? They are asking the
   hills to open their caverns and conceal them! The rocks deny them
   shelter. And where, on that day, will you be, you who deny His Deity,
   who profane His Sabbaths, who slander His people and denounce His
   Gospel--oh, where will you be in that terrible day which as surely
   comes as comes tomorrow's rising sun?

   Oh, Sirs, consider this word--"Hereafter!" I would gladly whisper it in
   the ears of the sinner fascinated by his pleasures. Come near and let
   me do so--"Hereafter!" I would make it the alarm of the sleeping
   transgressor who is dreaming of peace and safety while he is slumbering
   himself into Hell. Hereafter! Hereafter! Oh, yes, you may suck the
   sweet and eat the fat, and drink as you will, but hereafter! Hereafter!
   What will you do hereafter, when that which is sweet in the mouth shall
   be as gall in the belly and when the pleasures of today shall be a
   mixture of misery for eternity? Hereafter! Oh, hereafter! Now, O Divine
   Spirit, be pleased to open careless ears that they may listen to this
   prophetic sound. To the Lord's own people there is no sound more sweet
   than that of, "hereafter." "Hereafter you shall see the Son of Man
   coming on the clouds of Heaven."

   Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome, Redeemer, Savior! Welcome in every
   Character in which You come! What acclamations and congratulations will
   go up from the countless myriads of His redeemed, when first the
   ensigns of the Son of Man shall be seen in the heavens! On one of
   earth's mornings, when the children of men shall be "marrying and
   giving in marriage," while saints shall be looking for His appearing,
   they shall, first of all, perceive that He is actually coming! Long
   desired and come at last! Then the trumpet shall be heard, waxing
   exceedingly loud and long--ringing out a sweeter note to the true
   Israel than ever trumpet heard on the morn of Jubilee!

   What delight! What lifting up of gladsome eyes! What floods of bliss!
   Oppression is over! The idols are broken! The reign of sin is ended!
   Darkness shall no more cover the nations! He comes! He comes! Glory be
   to His name!--

   "Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all."

   O blessed day of acclamations! Heaven's vault shall be opened with them
   when His saints shall see for themselves what was reserved for Him and
   for them in the "hereafter!" "You shall see the Son of Man at the right
   hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of Heaven." That word,
   "hereafter," my Brothers and Sisters, is, at this moment, our grandest
   solace, and I wish to bring it before you in that light. Have you been
   misunderstood, misrepresented, slandered because of fidelity to the
   right and to the true? Do not trouble yourself! Vindicate not your own
   cause. Refer it to the King's Bench above and say, "Hereafter,

   Have you been accused of being mad, fanatical and I know not what,
   besides, because to you, party is nothing, ecclesiastical pride nothing
   and the stamp of popular opinion nothing? Have you been ridiculed
   because you are determined to follow the steps of your Master and
   believe the true and do the right? Then be in no hurry--the sure
   hereafter will settle the debate! Or are you very poor, very sick and
   very sad? But are you Christ's own? Do you trust Him? Do you live in
   fellowship with Him? Then the hope of the hereafter may well take the
   sting out of the present. It is not for long that you shall suffer--the
   Glory will soon be revealed in you and around you. There are streets of
   gold symbolic of your future wealth and there are celestial harps
   emblematical of your eternal joy! You shall have a white robe, soon,
   and the dusty garments of toil shall be laid aside forever! You shall
   have a far more exceeding and an eternal weight of Glory and,
   therefore, the light affliction which is but for a moment may well be
   endured with patience.

   Have you labored in vain? Have you tried to bring souls to Christ and
   had no recompense? Fret not, but remember the hereafter! Many a
   laborer, unsuccessful in the eyes of man, will receive a, "Well done,
   good and faithful servant," from his Master on that day! Set little
   store by anything you have and wish but lightly for anything that you
   have not. Let the present be to you as it really is--a dream, an empty
   show--and project your soul into the hereafter which is solid and
   enduring! Oh, what music there is in the hereafter!--what delight to a
   true child of God! "Nevertheless, hereafter."

   I feel half inclined to have done and to send you out, singing all the
   way, "Nevertheless, hereafter." The people outside might not understand
   you, but it would be a perfectly justifiable enthusiasm of delight!

   III. Now, thirdly. Where am I to look for my third bell? Where is the
   third word I spoke of? In truth, I cannot find it in the version which
   we commonly use and there is no third word in the original. And yet the
   word I am thinking of is there. The truth is that the second word,
   which has been rendered by, "hereafter," bears another meaning. I will
   give you what the Greek critics say. As nearly as can be, the meaning
   of the word is, "FROM NOW ON." "From now on you shall see the Son of
   Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of
   Heaven." "From now on."

   That is another word and the teaching gathered out of it is this--even
   in the present there are tokens of the victory of Christ. "But," says
   one, "did Christ say to those priests that from now on they should see
   Him sitting at the right hand of the Power?" Yes, yes, that is what He
   meant. He meant, "You look at Me and scorn Me, but, Sirs, you shall not
   be able to do this any longer, for from now on you shall see for
   yourselves that I am not what I appear to be, but that I sit at the
   right hand of the Power. From now on, and as long as you live, you
   shall know that galling Truth of God."

   And did that come true? Yes, it came true that night--for when the
   Savior died, there came a messenger unto the members of the Sanhedrim
   and others and told them that the veil of the Temple was torn in two!
   In that moment, when the Man of Nazareth died, that splendid piece of
   tapestry seemed to tear itself asunder from end to end as if in horror
   at the death of its Lord! The members of that council, when they met
   each other in the street and spoke of the news, must have been dumb in
   sheer astonishment. And while they looked upon each other, the earth
   they stood upon reeled and reeled again--and they could scarcely stand

   This was not the first wonder which had startled them that day, for the
   sun had been beclouded in unnatural darkness. At midday the sun had
   ceased to shine and now the earth ceases to be stable. Lo, also, in the
   darkness of the evening, certain members of this council saw the
   sheeted dead, newly arisen from their sepulchers, walking through the
   streets! The rocks split, the earth shook, the graves opened and the
   dead came forth and appeared unto many! Thus, early, they began to know
   that the Man of Nazareth was at the right hand of the Power! Early on
   the third morning, when they were met together, there came a messenger
   in hot haste who said, "The stone is rolled away from the door of the
   sepulcher. Remember that you placed a watch and that you set your seal
   upon the stone! But early this morning the soldiers say that He came
   forth! He rose, that dreaded One whom we put to death and at the sight
   of Him the keepers did quake and became as dead men."

   Now, these men--these members of the Sanhedrim--believed that fact! We
   have clear evidence that they did, for they bribed the soldiers and
   said, "Say, 'His disciples came and stole away His body while we
   slept.'" Then did the word, also, continue to be fulfilled and they
   plainly saw that Jesus, whom they had condemned, was at the right hand
   of the Power! A few weeks passed over their heads and, lo, there was a
   noise in the city and an extraordinary excitement. Peter had been
   preaching and 3,000 persons in one day had been baptized into the name
   which they dreaded so much! And they were told and heard it on the best
   of evidence, that there had been a wonderful manifestation of the Holy
   Spirit, such as was spoken of in the Book of the Prophet Joel. Then
   they must have looked one another in the face and stroked their beards
   and bit their lips, and said to one another, "Did He not say that we
   should see Him at the right hand of the


   They had often to remember that word and, again and again, to see its
   truth, for when Peter and John were brought before them it was proven
   that they had restored a lame man. And these two unlearned and ignorant
   men told them that it was through the name of Jesus that the lame were
   made to leap and walk! Day after day they were continuously obliged,
   against their will, to see, in the spread of the religion of the Man
   whom they had put to death, that His name had power about it such as
   they could not possibly imagine or resist. Lo, one of their number,
   Paul, had been converted and was preaching the faith which he had
   endeavored to destroy! They must have been much amazed and chagrined,
   as in this, also, they discerned that the Son of Man was at the right
   hand of the Power!

   Yes, you say, but did they see Him coming on the clouds of Heaven? I
   answer, yes. From now on they saw that, also, for they began to have
   upon their minds forebodings and dark thoughts. The Jewish nation was
   in an ill state. The people were getting disquieted. Imposters were
   rising and the leading men of the nation trembled as to what the Romans
   would do. At last there came an outbreak and the imperial power was
   defied--and then, such of them as still survived, began to realize the
   words of Christ. When they saw the comet in the sky and the drawn sword
   hanging over Jerusalem. When they

   saw the city compassed about with armies. When they watched the legions
   dig the trenches and throw up the earthworks and surround the devoted
   city while all around was fire and famine--when from every tower upon
   the walls they could see one of their own countrymen nailed to a cross,
   for the Romans put the Jews to death by crucifixion by hundreds and
   even by thousands--then they must have begun to see the coming of the
   Son of Man!

   And when, at last, the city was destroyed and a firebrand was hurled
   even into the holy place and the Jews were banished and sold for slaves
   till they would not fetch the price of a pair of shoes, so many were
   they and so greatly despised--then they saw the Son of Man coming on
   the clouds of Heaven to take vengeance on His adversaries. Read the
   text as meaning, "From now on you shall see the Son of Man at the right
   hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of Heaven." It is not the
   full meaning of the passage, but it is a part of that meaning, beyond
   all question. Beloved, even at the present time we may see the tokens
   of the power of Christ among us! Only tokens, mark you! I do not want
   to take you off from the hereafter, but from now on and even now there
   are tokens of the power of our Lord Jesus!

   Look at revivals. When they break out in the Church, how they stagger
   all the adversaries of Christ! They said--yes, they dared to say--that
   the Gospel had lost all its power! They dared to say that since the
   days of Whitefield and Wesley there was no hope of the masses being
   stirred! Yet when they see, even in this house, from Sabbath to
   Sabbath, vast crowds listening to the Word of God and, when, some few
   months ago no house could be built that was large enough to accommodate
   the thronging masses who sought to hear our American Brothers, then
   were they smitten in the mouth, so that they could speak no more, for
   it was manifested that the Lord Christ still lives and that, if His
   Gospel is fully and simply preached, it will still draw all men to Him
   and souls will be saved, and that not a few!

   And look in the brave world outside, apart from religion--what
   influences there are abroad which are due to the power of the Christ of
   God! Would you have believed it, 20 years ago, that in America there
   should be no more slaves? That united Italy should be free of her
   despots? Could you have believed that the Pope would be pulling about
   his being a prisoner in the Vatican and that the power of antichrist
   would be shorn away? No, the wonders of history, even within the last
   few years, are enough to show us that Christ is at the right hand of
   the Power! Come what will in the future, mark this, my Brothers and
   Sisters, it will never be possible to uphold tyranny and oppression
   long, for the Lord Christ is to the front for the poor and needy of the

   O despots, you may do what you will and use your craft and policy if
   you please, but all over this world the Lord Jesus Christ has lifted up
   a plummet and set up a righteous standard! He will draw a straight line
   and it will pass through everything that offends, that it may be cut
   off. And it will, also, pass over all that is good and lovely and right
   and just and true--and these shall be established in His reign among
   men. I believe in the reign of Christ! Kings, sultans, czars-- these
   are puppets, all of them--and your parliaments and congresses are but
   vanity of vanity! God is great and none but He! Jesus is the King in
   all the earth! He is the Man, the King of men, the Lord of all. Glory
   be to His name! As the years progress we shall see it more and more,
   for He has had long patience, but He is beginning, now, to cut the work
   short in righteousness.

   He is baring His right arm for war and that which denies manhood's just
   claims--that which treads upon the neck of the humanity which Christ
   has taken--that which stands against His Throne and dominion must be
   broken in pieces like a potter's vessel, for the scepter in His hand is
   a rod of iron and He will use it mightily! The Christ, then, still
   gives tokens of His power. They are only tokens, but they are sure
   ones, even as the dawn does not deceive us, though it is not the
   noontide. And oh, let me say, there are some of you present who are
   enemies of Christ, but you, also, must have perceived some tokens of
   His power! I have seen Him shake the infidel by the Gospel till he has
   said, "You almost persuade me to be a Christian." He has taken him in
   the silence of the night and probed his conscience--in His gentleness,
   love and pity He has led the man to think--and though he has not
   altogether yielded, yet he has felt that there is a solemn power about
   the Christ of God.

   Some of the worst of men have been forced to acknowledge that Christ
   has conquered them. Remember how Julian, as he died, said, "The
   Nazarene has overcome me! The Nazarene has overcome me"? May you not
   have to say that in the article of death, but, oh, that you may say it
   now! May His love overpower you! May His compassion win you and you
   will see in your own salvation tokens of His power! But I must have
   done, for my time has fled. But I desire to add that it will be a
   blessed thing if everyone here, becoming a Believer in Jesus, shall,
   from now on see Him at the right hand of the

   Power and coming on the clouds of Heaven! Would to God we could live
   with that vision in full view, believing Jesus to be at the right hand
   of the Power, trusting Him and resting in Him!

   Because we know Him to be the Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty
   in battle, we ought never to have a doubt when we are doing what is
   right. We ought never to have a doubt when we are following Jesus, for
   He is more than a conqueror and so shall His followers be! Let us go on
   courageously, trusting in Him as a child trusts in his father, for He
   is mighty upon whom we repose our confidence. Let us, also, keep before
   our mind's eyes, the fact that He is coming. Be not as the virgins that
   fell asleep! Even now my ears seem to hear the midnight cry, "Behold,
   the Bridegroom comes!" Arise, you virgins, sleep no longer, for the
   Bridegroom is near!

   As for you, you foolish virgins, God grant that there may yet be time
   enough left to awake even you, that you may yet have oil for your lamps
   before He comes. He comes, we know not when, but He comes quickly! Be
   ready, for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of Man comes. Be
   as men that watch for their Lord and as servants that are ready to give
   in their account because the master of the house is near. In that
   spirit let us come to the Lord's Table, as often as we gather there,
   for He has said to us, "Do this until I come." Outward ordinances will
   cease when He comes, for we shall need no memorial when the Lord,
   Himself, will be among us!

   Let us here pledge Him in the cup, that He is coming, we do verily
   believe! That He is coming, we do joyfully proclaim! Is it a subject
   ofjoy for you? If not--

   "You sinners seek His face, Whose wrath you cannot bear! Bow to the
   scepter of His Grace, And find salvation there."

   God bless you for Christ's sake.