by George H. Morrison

The Singer in the Street
George H. Morrison
2 Timothy 1:10

There are two ways in which Christ has worked in His long task of the regeneration of humanity. He has brought among us from heaven what is new, and He has consecrated what was old. There is a widespread tendency in theological thought today to belittle the originality of Jesus, just as once there was the opposite tendency to ignore Jesus' relation to the past. But both extremes are not only false to Scripture, but they are also false to Christian experience, which always blends the new and old together. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation. There are ten thousand lives that can testify to that. There is something original and fresh and new in every truly regenerate experience. And yet the grace that has inwrought the new takes into its bosom all the old, and uses it for the service of the kingdom. Old tendernesses begin to live again. Old hopes lift up their faces to the morning. Chords that were broken begin again to vibrate with a music that whispers of the long ago. So in Christian experience, as in the Scripture, there is ever the mingling of the new and the old; new power, and, through the inflow of that power, old hopes and yearnings and longings realized.

Well, now, among these yearnings of humanity, one of the deepest is that for immortality. Christ did not bring it here, He found it here, deep in the shadowy places of the soul. We have read of instances in which a great musician has heard a beautiful voice out in the street. It was that of some poor girl singing for bread in the kindly shadow of a London twilight. And recognizing the beauty of the voice, the master has had it trained at his own cost, till it became a thing of joy to multitudes. In some such way, out in the crowded thoroughfares, our Master heard the voice of immortality. And He recognized the range and beauty of it, undisciplined and uncultured as it was. And so tonight, upon this Easter evening, the question whic ...

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