Immortality Sermon Illustrations

Immortality Sermon Illustrations

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Sir Edwin Arnold records a legend of the East in which it is related that King Solomon sat once upon his throne on a great mountain west of the Indus. All creatures were gathered about him, and in his hand he held an emerald cup full of the water of life. The intimation had come to him that if he drank of it he would be young forever. In order to get their advice, Solomon called before him representatives of all created things. All advised him to drink of the cup, "Drink, O King! Live forever!" Then Solomon inquired if all creatures were present, and learned that the dove had not yet appeared. When he asked the dove, she said, "O King, if my mate died I should die, too. What good will immortal youth do you if you see everything to which you are attached perish around you? Taught by the voice of affection, Solomon poured out, untasted, the water of endless life for himself alone.


One of the most striking and impressive things ever said on the subject of immortality, and man's need for it, was what Hortense, daughter of Napoleon's Josephine and mother of Napoleon III, wrote to her son when he was for a brief time in America. He was seriously ill, and she did not expect to meet him again in this life. But she wrote: "Believe that certainly we shall meet again. Have faith in this consoling idea. It is too necessary not to be true."


'Tis immortality, 'tis that alone,
Amid life's pains, abasements, emptiness,
The soul can comfort, elevate, and fill.
That only, and that amply this performs.—Young


Still seems it strange, that thou shouldst live for ever?
Is it less strange, that thou shouldst live at all?
This is a miracle, and that no more.—Young

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