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God's Perfecting of Life

God's Perfecting of Life

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BY REGINALD J. CAMPBELL

MINISTER OF THE CITY TEMPLE LONDON



"This voice came not because of Me, but for Your
sakes." John xii., 30.
BY REGINALD J. CAMPBELL

MINISTER OF THE CITY TEMPLE LONDON



"This voice came not because of Me, but for Your
sakes." John xii., 30.

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GOD'S PERFECTIG OF LIFEBY REGIALD J. CAMPBELLMIISTER OF THE CITY TEMPLE LODO"This voice came not because of Me, but for Yoursakes." John xii., 30.OUR Lord had come up to Jerusalem to keepthe Feast of the Passover. He came, knowingthat He was coming to passion and to death.He came in spite of the remonstrances of thosewho loved Him best. He stood for the mo-ment at the height of His outward popularity,not because of what He actually taught andaimed at, but because the people thought theysaw in Him the patriot chief who was to re-deem Israel. Our Lord had a triumphal en-try into Jerusalem. That very act broughtupon Him the malevolence of the Pharisees,and ended in His trial and crucifixion. ButHe had a purpose in view, from which Hewould not draw back. The simple men whosurrounded Him were not aware of this, norcould they understand what He was doing in70 THE KEYS OF THE KIGDOMthus drawing the attention of His enemiespublicly to Himself. Certain Greeks had ac-companied the Jews to the Feast. Jerusalemat this time was a gathering place of all na-tions. The Jews came from all quarters of theworld to keep the Passover; others came totrade with the Jews; and it was therefore a
 
great opportunity for the Messiah to put for-ward His claims, and He did not shrink fromthus acting. When the Greeks came to Philip,desiring to see Jesus, His answer was, " Thehour is come that the Son of Man should beglorified," and He continued, " If any manserve Me, let him follow Me ; and, where I am,there shall also My servant be; if any manserve Me, him will My Father honour. Father,glorify Thy name." Then there comes the su-pernatural visitation, when the voice fromHeaven spake, saying, " I have both glorifiedit, and will glorify it again." Our Lord drewpublic attention to Himself at this time by theassertion of His glory with the Father, a claimwhich is nothing short of blasphemous if Hewere not what Christendom supposes Him tobe. He makes service of Christ and service of God synonymous " If any man serve Me, himwill My Father honour." He actually be-THE SELF-ASSERTIO OF JESUS 71comes His own Gospel, and offers Himself tothe world and asks for homage to Himself.So striking is this self-assertion of Jesus thatit has puzzled the best thought of the worldexternal to Christianity from that day to this.One example I may instance is that of M.Renan, the author of the " Life of Jesus,"which was so widely read not long ago. M.Renan says that either the Fourth Gospel isunhistorical, or that the Christ therein set forthhad lost in the latter part of His life a little of His transparency of character, and poses as be-ing that which He was not. But when wecome to compare the Fourth Gospel with theother three, in spite of the seeming contradic-
 
tion between them, there is an underlying unityapparent in the two sides of the character of Jesus.In the first place, we note that the type of goodness which Jesus exhibited to the worldwas one in which lowliness and tendernesswere conspicuous ingredients. The combina-tion of these ingredients with the sternness of our Lord against sin was something entirelynew to humankind. Stoicism had given itsideal to the world, an ideal in which self-re-spect was carried to a point that would not betolerated nowadays. But Stoicism, with all its72 THE KEYS OF THE KIGDOMadmirableness, fell short of the ideal of themeek and lowly Jesus, who combined the mostexquisite tenderness with the greatest firmnessand even inexorableness toward wrong. Butthe lowliness of Christ is no pretence. Thewashing of the disciples' feet was an act per-fectly in harmony with all the rest of His life.It was the same Saviour who took the littlechildren up in His arms and blessed them. Itwas the same Saviour who was called thefriend of publicans and sinners. And thesame Jesus sat on the well-side talking to thewoman of Samaria, who not only a Samari-tan, but a woman of abandoned characterwas yet worth the while of the Master of theuniverse at that moment. It was the sameJesus who said to the guilty woman who wasbeing hounded to death, " Doth no man con-demn thee? either do I condemn thee. Goin peace, and sin no more." But why speak further about the lowliness and tenderness of 

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