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Meditation XI - Wednesday
The Heart of the Infant Jesus, the Lamb of God
"Send forth, O Lord, the Lamb, the ruler of the earth. . . . And a throne shall be prepared in mercy, and one shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking judgment, and quickly rendering that which is just." (Is. xvi. 1, 5.) Lesson at Matins.
1st Prelude. - Represent to yourself the Infant Lamb of God in Mary's womb, the tabernacle of David.
2nd Prelude. - Adore Him in that tabernacle, and pray that He may rule you from it.
1st Point. - Jesus is coming to us now as the Lamb. We know how gentle, how humble, how silent, how uncomplaining is that Lamb. Lambs were used for sacrifice, and Jesus is coming to be a sacrifice. One day we shall see Him as the "Lamb that was slain," and that Lamb has a "book of life," in which He writes the names of His children. (Apocalypse, xiii. 8.) Oh, let us go to Him now, and implore Him to write our names in that blessed book! Alas! that they must be written with His Blood. One day we shall see that Lamb "standing upon Mount Sion" (Apoc. xiv. 1), and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand having His name, and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. And those blessed souls who stand near this gentle Lamb, who stand nearest to Him, who go wherever He goes, those souls who sing a canticle which no one else can learn, who are they? And why are they thus so wonderfully favoured? We know this also; they are "virgins," and the first-fruits of that most precious blood which the Lamb is coming to pour forth, that He may purchase them. Oh, how dear are virgins to Jesus, when He purchases them first of all the redeemed!
2nd Point. - But the Lamb has a throne. We are told what the throne is, and how it was prepared. The throne was "prepared in mercy." Let us look for this coming Lamb, and we shall soon see where He is enthroned. He sits in the tabernacle of David. Mary is the tabernacle of David, where the Lamb is enthroned, a thousand times more beautiful and more magnificent than the Temple of Solomon, the poor type of her perfect holiness and incomparable beauty. And if it was so honoured, and the Holy of Holies so revered, because it contained the ark and the cloud of the chekhinah, how shall she be honoured and revered who contained the Lamb of God! His throne is "prepared in mercy." Who can ever fathom the depth of mercy which prepared Mary to be the throne of mercy, the well-spring from which the fount of mercy poured itself forth upon the whole earth.
3rd Point. - Jesus is coming now as the Lamb. He is coming to open the "sealed book" (Apoc. v. 5) of the Incarnation, which none other could open. The seals of redemption are opened. But when the Lamb comes as the "Lion of the tribe of Juda," He will open the seals of judgment, and pour forth the vials of wrath. Oh, let us beseech Him to come now as the Lamb, the Ruler of the earth! Let us submit ourselves to His gentle reign, lest haply we should be compelled to submit to Him as the Lion of wrath and judgment. Now He comes as the Lamb, to give us the fleece of His justice to cover us, the fleece of His merits to sanctify us. He comes to give us His blood to purify us, and His flesh to feed us. Oh, how can we ever love this gentle Lamb enough! And if we receive Him with love, when He comes hereafter as the Lion to a guilty world, He will come as the Lamb to us. If we submit to the rule of the Lamb now, the Lamb will rule us for all eternity, for those "who have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb," shall serve Him day and night; they shall hunger no more, and thirst no more, and the "Lamb shall rule them, and lead them to the fountains of the waters of life." (Apoc. vii. 17.)
Aspiration. - O come, Thou blessed gentle Lamb - come quickly.
Form your resolution, and place it in the Heart of the Infant Jesus. Examen of Meditation.
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