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The Last Judgment
Clarence E. Macartney
In his Reminiscences of Daniel Webster, Peter Harvey
relates this incident. Webster, then Secretary of
State in President Fillmore's cabinet, was dining one
night with twenty other men at the Astor House in New
York. He seemed unusually quiet and reticent, and
remained aloof from the flow of conversation as if
sunk in deep reverie. In order to draw him out, one of
the men at the table asked him this unusual question,
"Mr. Webster, will you tell me what is the most
important thought that ever occupied your mind?"
Webster passed his hand over his broad forehead and
said in a low tone to the one next to him, "Is there
anyone here who does not know me?"
"No," the man answered, "they are all your friends."
Then Webster, lifting his head and speaking so that
all present could hear, said, "The most important
thought that ever occupied my mind was that of my
individual responsibility to God." For twenty minutes
he discoursed upon this great theme, and then, rising
from the table, retired to his room.
How many times have you heard a sermon on the last
judgment? Not often, I take it. And yet on the lips of
prophets and apostles and Christ Himself, the last
judgment was one of the most frequent themes. "We
shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ."
Can you hold that in your mind as you pass down the
crowded street of the city and meet men and women of
all conditions and all circumstances of life, and
realize that, together with you, each one of them must
one day appear before the judgment seat of Christ? "It
is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
judgment." There are two facts which invest every life
with the deepest solemnity. One is the fact of
redemption, that Jesus Christ the Son of God died for
all upon the cross. God thought enough of every man to
give His Son to die for him. Th ...
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