In Another Form
George H. Morrison
This is all that St. Mark has got to tell us of our Lord's appearance on the Emmaus road. It is in the Gospel of St. Luke that we have the exquisite story in detail. St. Luke tells us that when He joined the wayfarers, their eyes were holden and they did not know Him. Although when He spoke to them their hearts began to burn, something interfered with recognition. And St. Mark tells us what that something was which kept them from recognizing Jesus-He appeared unto them in another form. What that form was we do not know. This is one of the silences of Scripture. The Bible can be magnificently eloquent, and the Bible can be magnificently silent. It was another; it was different; it was not any form they were familiar with; and then (as in the play) the rest is silence.
I should like to say that if Jesus be of God, this is exactly what I should expect. The work of God differs from that of man in the beautiful varying of form. Man builds a bridge, and it remains a bridge: it is still a bridge when fifty years have gone. Man constructs the engine for the liner, and that engine never varies until it is scrapped. And then God comes and begins building, and one great mark of His handiwork is this, that it is always appearing in another form. He makes the oak-it is barren in November. It appears in another form in July. He makes the seed, intricate in mystery. It appears in another form upon the harvest-field. He makes the hawthorn, flowering in May and burning with scarlet berries in the autumn. It is the same bush, but in another form. That is particularly true of sunshine, and our Savior is the sun of righteousness. One of the mysteries of sunlight is how it is always appearing in another form-in health, in countless energies, in the coal-fire burning in the grate, in the colors of the lilies of the field. Now, according to my gospel, He who gave the sunshine gave the Lord. God so loved the world that He gave His only ...
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