Sleep and Death
George H. Morrison
Mark 5:39; Luke 15:32
I wish to speak tonight for a little while on some of our Lord's references to death. I wish to discover in what light He viewed that dark experience of our mortality. You will observe I am not asking your attention to the question of the life beyond the grave. That is a theme on which I have often spoken to you, and on which I hope often to speak again. But tonight we shall look at death just as a fact, as joy and sorrow and love and hate are facts, and ask what our Savior has spoken about that. For those of us who believe in Christ as Lord, it is supremely important to discover that. But I venture to think it is scarcely less important for those of you who take a lower view. For the words of Jesus Christ, whoever Christ was, have influenced the world and altered history in a way as profound as it is unapproached. A little book on death by Mr. Maeterlinck has had some vogue for the past year or two.1 Now Mr. Maeterlinck has a very beautiful mind, and a deft and subtle literary genius. But to turn to his words on a theme like this, and to ignore the words of Jesus Christ, is to show that lack of relation and proportion which is always the mark of inferior education. When you think, whoever Jesus was, of the tremendous influence of His words, when you think that they will still be winged, when yours and mine and Maeterlinck's are dead, it becomes the duty of every thoughtful person, who makes any pretense to the balance of true culture, to give the words of Christ his or her first attention. It is important to know what Plato thought of death. It is important to know what Hegel thought of death. It is interesting, though not important, to know what Maeterlinck or Professor Lecky2 thought of death. But for men and women living in a world that has felt the terrific impact of Christ's words, to know what Christ has said on such a theme is the primary duty of intelligence.
Now when we study Jesus with this ...
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