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Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus of Nazareth.

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By ARTHUR PENRHYN STANLEY, D.D.


PREACHED ON GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 18, IN THE ENCAMPMENT BY
THE SPRING OF NAZARETH.



Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, " Jesus
of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." ù Johx xix. 19.
By ARTHUR PENRHYN STANLEY, D.D.


PREACHED ON GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 18, IN THE ENCAMPMENT BY
THE SPRING OF NAZARETH.



Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, " Jesus
of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." ù Johx xix. 19.

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JESUS OF NAZARETH.By ARTHUR PENRHYN STANLEY, D.D.
PREACHED ON GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 18, IN THE ENCAMPMENT BYTHE SPRING OF NAZARETH.Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, " Jesusof Nazareth, the King of the Jews." ù Johx xix. 19.WHAT are the lessons of Good Friday ? especiallyof Good Friday in Palestine and in this place ?In the words of the text, in the title written on theCross, the name of Jesus Christ is at that suprememoment of His Last Passion brought together with the-recoUection of His early years at Nazareth. What arethe lessons which they both teach in common ?I. Everywhere the event of Good Friday speaks tous of the universal love of God to His creatures. Thatis why it is so tnily called Good, Friday. It has itsgood news as much as Christmas Day or Easter Day.It tells us not only that God is Love, but that Hebears love to every one on this earth, however far theymay seem to be removed from Him. It was for thisthat He sent His Son mto the world, ù it was for thisthat Christ died. It was by His death, more eventhan by His life, that He showed how His sympathyextended far beyond His own nation. His OAvn Mends,His own family. " I, if I be lifted up " on the Cross,62 SERMOXS IN PALESTINE. [Serm. VI." will di'aw all men unto me." It is this which theCollects of this day bring before us. They speak, infact, of hardly anything else. They tell us how Hedied that " all estates," not one estate only, but " allestates in His Holy Cluu'ch," ù that 'ª'òevery memberof the Church " in its widest sense, not the clergy orthe religious only, but eveiy one, in his " several vo-cation and mmistry," might " truly and godly serveHim." They pray for God's mercy to visit not Chris-tians merely, but all religions, however separate fromGUI'S, ù " Jews, Turks, Heretics, and Infidels," ù inthe hope that they may all at last, here or hereafter,be " one fold under one shepherd," the One GoodShepherd who laid down His life not for the flock of one single fold only, but for the countless sheep scat-tered on the hills, not of the fold of the Jewish people,or of the Christian Church only, but of all mankind.This is a ti-uth which comes home to us with pecul-iar force in Palestine. What is it that has made this
 
small country so famous ? What is it that has carriedthe names of Jerusalem and of Nazareth to the utter-most parts of the earth ? It is in one word, " thedeath of Christ." Had He not died as He did. Hisreligion, ù His name, ù His country, ù the places of His birth and education and life, ù would never havebroken through all the bonds of time and place as theyhave. That we are here at all on tliis day, is a proof of the effect which His death has had even on theoutward fortunes of the world.This universal love of God in Christ's death is spe-cially impressed upon us in Nazareth. What Christwas in His death, He was in His life. What He wasin His life, He was in His death. And if we wish toSERM.VI.] JESUS OF NAZARETH. 63know the spirit whicli pervades both, we cannot do sobetter tlian by seeing what we may call the text of His first sermon at Nazareth. He was in the syna-gogue.^ The roll of the Hebrew Scriptiu'es was hand-ed to Him. He unrolled it. His former friends andacquaintance fixed their eyes upon Him to see whatHe would say. And what were the words which Hechose ? They were these : ù " The Spirit of the Lordis upon me, because he hath anointed me to preachthe Gospel to the poor ; he hath sent me to heal thebroken-hearted, to preach dehverance to the captives,and recovering of sight to the blmd, to set at libertythem that are bruised, to preach the acceptable yearof the Lord." What He said on this text is not de-scribed ; we are only told that they " marvelled at thegracious words that proceeded out of His mouth."But what those gracious words were we can well seefrom the words of the passage itself. " The Spirit of the Lord was upon Him," first, " to preach the gospelto the poor," the glad tidings of God's love to the poor,the humble classes, the neglected classes, the dangerousclasses, the fi:iendless, the oppressed, the unthought-for,the uncared-for. The Spirit of God was upon Him,secondly, "to heal the broken-hearted: " ù to heal, asa good physician heals, not with one medicine, butwith all the various medicines and remedies which In-finite Wisdom possesses, all the fractures and diseasesand infirmities of our poor human hearts. There isnot a weakness, there is not a sorrow, there is not agrievance, for which the love of God, as seen in thelife and death of Christ, does not offer some remedy.He has not overlooked us. He is with us. He re-1 Luke iv. 18.64 SERMONS IN PALESTINE. [Serm. VI.
 
members us. The Spirit of God was upon Him, thirdly,"to preacli deHverance to the captive." Whatever bethe evil habit, or the inveterate prejudice, or the mas-ter passion, or the long indulgence, which weighs uponus hke a bondage, He feels for us, and will do Hisutmost to set us free, ù to set at liberty those that arecramped and bruised and confined by the chain of theirsins, their weakness, their misfortunes, their conditionin life, their difficulties, their responsibilities, their wantof responsibilities, their employments, their want of employments. And, fourthly, " The Spirit of God wasupon Him," to " give sight to the blind." How fewof us there are Avho know our own failings, who seeinto our own hearts, who know what is really good forus ! That is the knoAvledge which the thought of Christ's death is likely to give us. That is the tinithwhich, above all other truths, is likely to set us fi-ee." Lord, that I may receive my sight," is the prayerwhich each of us may offer up for our spiritiial state,as the poor man whom He met at Jericho did for hisbodily eyesight.For every one of these conditions He died. Not forthose only who are professedly religious, but for thosewho are the least so, ù to them the message of GoodFriday and of Nazareth is especially addressed. Chris-tianity is, one may almost say, the only religion, of which the Teacher addressed Himself, not to the reli-gious, not to the ecclesiastical, not to the learned world,but to the irreligious, or the non-religi()us, to those whothoujjht little of themselves and were thought little of by others, to the careless, to the thoughtless, to therough ])ublican, to the wild prodigal, to the hereticalSamaritan, to the heathen soldier, to the thanklessSerm. YI.] JI:SUS of NAZARETH. 66peasants of Nazareth, to the swarming populations of Gahlee. He addresses Himself, noAv, to each of us,however lowly we may be in our own eyes, howeverlittle we think that we have a religious call, howeverencompassed we are with infirmities ; His love is readyto receive, to encourage, to cherish, to save us.H. I pass to the other lesson which Good Fridayteaches us here. It is that, whatever good is to bedone in the world, even though it is God Himself whodoes it, cannot be done without an effort, ù a prepara-tion, ù a Sacrifice. So it was especially in the deathof Christ, ù so it was in His whole life. His wholelife from the time when He grew up, " as a tenderplant " in the seclusion of this valley, to the hourwhen He died at Jerusalem, was one long effort, ù onelong struggle against misunderstanding, opposition,scorn, hatred, hardship, pain. He had doubtless His

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