A great wonder

“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven, a woman clothed with the 
sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve 
stars.”—Rev. xii. 1.
My soul! as the beloved apostle was invited to see those precious 
visions, which the Lord favoured him with, for the church’s good, so do 
thou, this evening, attend his ministry, and gather, under divine 
teaching, instruction from this great wonder, which John saw. Surely, 
the woman here spoken of, means the church, the Lamb’s wife, clothed in 
her husband’s righteousness; and the moon, like that planet which 
ministers to our world, under her feet: and the crown, with which her 
head was adorned, sets forth how the church is made glorious by the 
ministry of the twelve apostles in the gospel of salvation: for what can 
be more suitable for the church to be crowned with, than the blessed 
truths contained in their writings? Now, my soul, as every 
representation of the church not only sets forth the whole body at 
large, but every individual member of that body, ask thyself, hath this 
wonder been wrought on thee, which John saw? Art thou clothed with the 
sun, even with Jesus, the sun of righteousness, in his garment of 
salvation? Hast thou mounted up, not in airy speculations, not in any 
fancied attainments of thine own, but in heavenly mindedness after 
Jesus, and devout communion with him; so that the earth, with all its 
perishing beauties, is got under thy feet? Hast thou such views of the 
blessedness and preciousness of the word of God, the gospel of thy 
salvation, that it is dearer to thee than gold, yea, than all the crowns 
of the earth? Pause, while these inquiries pass over thy mind; and 
surely, if the Lord, by the sovereignty of his grace, hath wrought such 
blessed effects upon thee, a great wonder is indeed wrought in earth, 
like that which John saw in heaven, and well mayest thou stand amazed at 
the greatness and the distinguishing nature of salvation. “Lord! what am 
I; and what is my father’s house?”
Robert Hawker The Poor Man’s Morning and Evening Portions.

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