Robert Marshall - Picton Convention - Friday Evening, June 23, 1950

Isn’t it nice to think that we all belong to the same family as that of Abraham, Adam and others.


The Bible is full of questions, the first of which is God speaking to man and He says, “Adam, where art thou?”  We have all had the experience of Adam and have had the fear of God.  As we travel from place to place in this world we meet people that are hiding from God.


Another question is when Samuel asked, “What means this bleating of sheep in my ears and lowing of oxen that I hear?"


We have all taken our own way and all transgressed and have been deceived, but we are all glad that we have met with Jesus.  When we think of the usefulness of Adam and his seed there is great hope for us to fill useful places in the world.


The first question in the New Testament is, “Where is He that is born king of the Jews?”  We find men seeking this king and desiring after Him because they had come to worship Him.  Has this question been in our hearts?  Where is the Christ?  Where can I find Him?  Jesus found men like Peter and women like Martha and Mary who were anxious to know Him and to learn of Him.


We would seek Jesus.  Some of the sweetest words that were ever spoken came from the lips of Jesus.  He said, in reply to another question, “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die it abideth long, but if it dies it bringeth forth much fruit.”  How easy it would be for a person in this world to be as a corn of wheat, but not willing to die or to deny oneself.  To be a true child of God, or to be this corn of wheat, it means dying or giving up all.


Jesus had many that believe on Him – the disciples and Martha and Mary.  After Jesus had been nailed to the cross and gone into the depths, we find Mary weeping at the tomb.  She understood the love of Jesus and how He had been the corn of wheat, but the plan of God had been hidden to her.  It means a lot to be a child of God and to go forth in this world to live as a true saint or servant of God.  There are often times of sorrow and times when our hearts would break.  Love and tears follow close together.  Mary loved Jesus with all her heart because He had done so much for her.  He had raised her brother from the dead.  Jesus asked Mary why she was weeping and then He revealed himself to her.  Jesus had been the corn of wheat because He has given His life from the day He started out to preach the gospel and had lived a dying life of sacrifice.  Mary’s weeping turned to joy when she saw Jesus.


Revelations, when one of the elders saw the great multitude, he said, “What are these dressed in white robes?”  The answer was, “These are they that have come out of great tribulation and have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb.”  The great tribulation is what every child of God comes through who makes their choice for Jesus.  These tribulations that we have every day are going to be like the corn of wheat.  It is a tribulation to be mocked and scorned in this world.