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MESSENGER OF PEACE—APRIL 2, 1883

 JOHN XIX 5

The man was Jesus, into stood there with a purple robe; crown of thorns, and a reed in his hand. Who can imagine his deep humility? It is like a lamb in a slaughterhouse. He is like poor, dumb sheep in the hands of his shearer. The Governor had scourged him, and the people had spit upon him and smote tutu. Oh, how that sea of people hated him and thirsted for his blood. They said turn loose Barabbas, who was a vile robber but crucify Jesus. “He made himself of no reputation.” Oh, if the people had known him, or if he had assumed the same glorious appearance he had on the Mt. of transfiguration or had summoned a host of heavenly warriors to guard him, the people would not have done so, for if the princes of this world had known him they would not have crucified him. It is it stupendous thought that man, thus humiliated and abased, is the only begotten Son of God. As we look at his marred countenance, and survey his robe of mock royalty and crown of thorns pressed into his sweet temples, and hear the low, fierce growling of the enraged people; who can grasp the thought that, “In him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, &c.” He made the hosts of earth, air and water, and by him they all consist.

The infinite hosts of the planetary heavens were moving on in their silent, eternal and awfully sublime revolutions, all ordered and upheld by him, and yet here he stands, hissed at, hated, cursed and afflicted by his creatures, no poor wretch earth ever stooped, or was put lower. Oh, I said--if the people had known him; but that would have thwarted his purpose here, and defeated the errand of our Savior. Christ crucified is the sinner’s only hope, and the fullness of the gospel. Hence we read: “Ought not Christ to suffer these timings?” I think the meaning is he ought. Many scriptures prove he ought, and that his crucifixion was a matter of predestination, that it was a cup that could not possibly pass, but that he must drink it.

Had he displayed his glorious character, as he will when he comes again, the people would have let him alone. His enemies would have fled in wild dismay before his face, and cried for the rocks and mountains to fall on them and hide them from his presence, and his poor, discouraged disciples would have run over with indescribable delight, but no, he must die. God will not spare his oven Son when justice demands his death. God’s eternal purpose to save sinners cannot be annulled, and there is no other way of executing that purpose. Hence, he is delivered according to the determinate council and foreknowledge of God to be taken by wicked hands and crucified and slain.

It is wonderful to think that life and immortality are brought to us by means of his suffering. I have tried to study “the cross.” I have enquired, how can that scene affect me? Why should I look to that! How is it that the precious blood that ran down from his wounds has power to cleanse from, sins! We sing,

“Dear dying Lamb; Thy precious blood,

Shall never lose its power;’’


Oh, I must think that our pins were laid on him, that the iniquity of us all was laid on him. “The Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.” This is a thought hard to comprehend, and yet I cannot think of any other principle upon which I may hope to be rescued by “his cross.” He is nailed to the cross and left to die, surrounded by foes, in the midst of two thieves. “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” I suppose our sins was the real reason why he was forsaken of God. He must endure the curse due us, so he dies that we might live, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.

This is the burden of all our preaching. Jesus died on Calvary for his people. He now has power to forgive our sins. There is no other name whereby we must be saved. He blessed the hungry, thirsty, poor, weary, heavy laden, broken in heart and all that tremble at the word of the Lord. His words are: “Look unto me, all the ends of the earth,” and the poor of earth will always love such preaching.

I think the doctrine of irnputation of our sins to him explains why he should die, and bow that death is of value to us, and at the same time exhibits God’s abhorrence of sin, even that he cannot spare his Son on account of it. It also magnifies the law of God and forever satisfies it and obtains eternal redemption for us. Thus the most rigorous claims of the law are must, and God’s justice maintained; and our certain salvation secured by the death of our dear Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, increase our faith, illuminate our dark understandings, that we may enter into this precious truth

It was said by the angels at the time of his birth, and by a heat of them ‘at that: “Glory to God in the highest.” The child Jesus is tie highest exhibition of God’s glory. One would have thought that the creation was a higher display of God’s glory; but no, the starry hosts sink into nothing when compared to the babe in the manger. “His, the brightness of His glory,” or, as it would as well he rendered, be is the out-shining or out-flashing of God’s glory. He is a vivid flash of light from the Eternal One. “The express image of His person.” The word image does not mean picture, but it means ESSENCE. He is the eternal Father. See the wise men come and bow down to the child, and worship him. See the pure spirits of heaven descend and proclaim his glory; besides many others worshipped him.

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