that Pierced Him
shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in
the clouds of heaven. Mark 14:62.
As they [the Jewish rulers] gaze upon His glory, there flashes before their
minds the memory of the Son of Man clad in the garb of humanity. They remember
how they treated Him, how they refused Him, and pressed close to the side
of the great apostate. The scenes of Christ's life appear before them in all
their clearness. All He did, all He said, the humiliation to which He descended
to save them from the taint of sin, rises before them in condemnation.
Him riding into Jerusalem, and see Him break into an agony of tears over the
impenitent city that would not receive His message. His voice, which was heard
in invitation, in entreaty, in tones of tender solicitude, seems again to
fall upon their ears. The scene in the garden of Gethsemane rises before them,
and they hear Christ's amazing prayer, "Father, if it be possible, let
this cup pass from me."
hear the voice of Pilate, saying, "I find in him no fault at all."
They see the shameful scene in the judgment hall, when Barabbas stood by the
side of Christ, and they had the privilege of choosing the guiltless One.
They hear again the words of Pilate, "Whom will ye that I release unto
you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?" They hear the response,
"Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas." To the question
of Pilate, "What shall I do then with Jesus?" the answer comes,
"Let him be crucified."
see their Sacrifice bearing the reproach of the cross. They hear the loud,
triumphant tones tauntingly exclaim, "If thou be the Son of God, come
down from the cross." "He saved others; himself he cannot save."
behold Him not in the garden of Gethsemane, not in the judgment hall, not
on the cross of Calvary. The signs of His humiliation have passed away, and
they look upon the face of God--the face they spit upon, the face which priests
and rulers struck with the palms of their hands. Now the truth in all its
vividness is revealed to them.
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