"The Lamb is the light thereof."
Quietly contemplate the Lamb as the light of heaven. Light in Scripture is the emblem of joy. The joy of the saints
in heaven is comprised in this: Jesus chose us, loved us, bought us, cleansed us, robed us, kept us, glorified us: we are
here entirely through the Lord Jesus. Each one of these thoughts shall be to them like a cluster of the grapes of Eshcol.
Light is also the cause of beauty. Nought of beauty is left when light is gone. Without light no radiance flashes from the
sapphire, no peaceful ray proceedeth from the pearl; and thus all the beauty of the saints above comes from Jesus. As planets,
they reflect the light of the Sun of Righteousness; they live as beams proceeding from the central orb. If he withdrew, they
must die; if his glory were veiled, their glory must expire. Light is also the emblem of knowledge. In heaven our knowledge
will be perfect, but the Lord Jesus himself will be the fountain of it. Dark providences, never understood before, will then
be clearly seen, and all that puzzles us now will become plain to us in the light of the Lamb. Oh! what unfoldings there will
be and what glorifying of the God of love! Light also means manifestation. Light manifests. In this world it doth not yet
appear what we shall be. God's people are a hidden people, but when Christ receives his people into heaven, he will touch
them with the wand of his own love, and change them into the image of his manifested glory. They were poor and wretched, but
what a transformation! They were stained with sin, but one touch of his finger, and they are bright as the sun, and clear
as crystal. Oh! what a manifestation! All this proceeds from the exalted Lamb. Whatever there may be of effulgent splendour,
Jesus shall be the centre and soul of it all. Oh! to be present and to see him in his own light, the King of kings, and Lord
"But as he went."
Jesus is passing through the throng to the house of Jairus, to raise the ruler's dead daughter; but he is so profuse
in goodness that he works another miracle while upon the road. While yet this rod of Aaron bears the blossom of an unaccomplished
wonder, it yields the ripe almonds of a perfect work of mercy. It is enough for us, if we have some one purpose, straightway
to go and accomplish it; it were imprudent to expend our energies by the way. Hastening to the rescue of a drowning friend,
we cannot afford to exhaust our strength upon another in like danger. It is enough for a tree to yield one sort of fruit,
and for a man to fulfil his own peculiar calling. But our Master knows no limit of power or boundary of mission. He is so
prolific of grace, that like the sun which shines as it rolls onward in its orbit, his path is radiant with lovingkindness.
He is a swift arrow of love, which not only reaches its ordained target, but perfumes the air through which it flies. Virtue
is evermore going out of Jesus, as sweet odours exhale from flowers; and it always will be emanating from him, as water from
a sparkling fountain. What delightful encouragement this truth affords us! If our Lord is so ready to heal the sick and bless
the needy, then, my soul, be not thou slow to put thyself in his way, that he may smile on thee. Be not slack in asking, if
he be so abundant in bestowing. Give earnest heed to his word now, and at all times, that Jesus may speak through it to thy
heart. Where he is to be found there make thy resort, that thou mayst obtain his blessing. When he is present to heal, may
he not heal thee? But surely he is present even now, for he always comes to hearts which need him. And dost not thou need
him? Ah, he knows how much! Thou Son of David, turn thine eye and look upon the distress which is now before thee, and make
thy suppliant whole.