his presence imply ? What are his present relations
to men? What is he now doing for them? Impor-
tant as it is to know what he has done in the past,
and to know what he has promised to do in the
future, still more important is it to know what
he is doing for us now.
The work which the post-incarnate Christ is here
to accomplish is one, yet manifold. It can be looked
at from a great variety of aspects.
I. He Is Here to Save
This must be his main mission. A French
philosopher irreverently asks, "Christ has come;
when cometh salvation?" We answer: Salvation
has come because the Saviour has come. He is
here delivering souls from the power of sin. His
strong right arm is striking off the fetters of evil
habit. It is distinctly stated that his Second Advent
was to be for the purpose of salvation. The promise
runs: "He having been once offered to bear the
sins of many, shall appear a second time, apart from
sin, to them that wait for him, unto salvation"
(Heb. 9. 28). His feet follow every wandering
soul. He comes to seek and to save that which is
lost. He stands by every sinner's side, waiting for
him to fling himself into his outstretched arms.
If he had not risen from the dead, and returned
to earth, he could not have brought salvation to
men. His death would have availed nothing if he
had not possessed the power to take up again the
life which he had laid down. His shed blood
derives its efficacy from his restored life. A pres-
ent deliverer must be a living deliverer. To find
the Christ who is mighty to save we are not to visit
his tomb. The tomb is empty. "Come see the place
where the Lord lay" — not the place where he lies.
Why seek the living among the dead? The Lord
whom ye seek stands beside you. Behold him as
your Saviour and the midnight of your gloom will
be turned into the glory of a new born day."
- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, pgs. 163-164)
*Re-post from 9/24/15