made; this man only glances at an opportunity of knowing the truth He asks. What is truth 1 But itdoes not much signify to him, whether Jesus Christanswer tlie question or not. Is not this very aston-ishing ? Is not this also a kind of miracle ?My brethren, one of these wonders is the causeof the other, and, if you consider them in connection,your astonishment will cease. On the one hand,Jesus Christ did not answer Pilate's question, be-cause he saw plainly, that his iniquitous judge hadThe Price of Truth. 27not such an ardent love of truth, such a spirit of dis-interestedness and vehement zeal, as truth deserved.On the other, Pilate, who perhaps mi^ht have likedwell enough to have known truth, if a siniple wishcould have obtained it, gave up the desire at thefirst silence of Jesus Christ. He did not think truthdeserved to be inquired after twice.The conduct of Jesus Christ to Pilate, and theconduct of Pilate to Jesus Christ, is repeated everyday. Our assiduity at church, our attention to thevoice of the servants of God, our attachment to thesacred books in which truth is deposited ; all thesedispositions, and all these steps in our conduct, are,in a manner, so many repetitions of Pilate's question.What is truth ? What is moral truth ? What is thedoctrinal truth of a future state, of judgment, of heaven, of hell ? But how often, content with theputting of these questions, do we refuse that assidu-ous application of mind, that close attention of thought, which the answers to our questions wouldrequire ? Hew often are we in pain, lest the light of the truth, that is shining around us, should force usto discover some objects, of which we choose to beignorant. Jesus Christ, therefore, often leaves usto wander in our own miserable dark conjectures.Hence so many prejudices, hence so many errone-ous opinions of religion and morality, hence so ma-ny dangerous delusions, which we cherish, evenw^hile they divert our attention from the great end,to which we ought to direct all our thoughts, design.?,and views.28 The Price of Truth.I would fain shew you the road to truth to-day,my brethren ; open to you the path that leads to it;and by motives taken from the grand advantagesthat attend the knowledge of it, animate you to walk in it.