terrible, a searching hour! All men have misunder-stood, the most faithful are falling away ; and bad asthe case looks to them now, in Galilee, He has worseto tell them, of the desperate things that must be donein Jerusalem. How will they endure it? Are theynot already touched, tainted? ot only are allbaffled, saddened, cast down, but one of them, nor56 The Church in the Gospels.he the least, has even now lost heart, doubted, dis-believed : *' Have I not chosen you Twelve, and oneof you is a devil ? " One of them is gone, is lapsed,is weighed, and found wanting. The Lord feels it,knows it. What of the rest ? " Will ye also goaway ? " It is the crisis of the drama ; and now that,through the great confession of Peter, eleven at leastare found worthy to receive, and hold the unburdenedsecret, the care of the Lord intensifies. With ever-increasing anxiety He devotes Himself to the singletask of preparing those few for the ultimate revela-tion. The Gospel now becomes little else but a storyof their slow and reluctant training. With growingemphasis He unburdens His secret, and for long theycannot accept it. "They understood none of thesethings, and this saying was hidden from them, neitherknew they the things that were spoken." Very slowlythey are made ready, chastened, purged; until thatlast awful hour was reached when, with feet washedclean, with hearts made pure by the word implanted — alone with Him in the upper chamber, apart, hiddenfrom the world, they receive the uttermost secret, nolonger in parable, but in plain speech; and share inthe ew Covenant, and take of His Body, and drink of His Blood.That is the story. There can be no doubt about it.It is perfectly simple, plain, familiar.^ How is it, then,* Cf., for instance, article by Dr. Edwin Hatch in ContemporaryBeview, June, 1885 [on " Canon Liddon's Theory of the Episcopate "] :" We believe that if organisation had had the importance which manyattach to it, that importance would have been marked in the SacredEecord. The main facts of that Record are clear enough for those whoin any sense accept it."