Excerpt from The Christian Church Essentially Missionary: Annual Sermon Before the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Delivered Tuesday Evening, October 15, 1889
If there be any special occasion when the Christian Church may appropriate the high-priestly prayer Of Jesus Christ just before he yielded up his life, and come under the baptism of his first meeting with the disciples after his resurrection, when he formally and for all time commissioned them - it is in such ser vices as this which calls us together tonight. We are gathered from our distributed tasks to counsel for the work of the Church in the world, to study the plan of the Leader, and to learn the nature of the commission from the Head of the movement, from the King who sends the embassy of which we are a part.
Going back, then, to that prayer Of consecration, in which Jesus surveys the extent of the work intrusted to him, we hear him praying for new means of action upon the world. Having finished the part to be accomplished by his visible presence, he asks for himself restoration to the complete exercise of divine powers, of which he had for the time divested himself. Not Simply for restoration to divine blessedness and glory does he ask - for the aim of that petition is not his own satisfaction - but the continuation and finishing of his work that thy Son may glorify Thee, and that the world may believe that Thou didst send me.
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