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The Sufferings of the Soul of Jesus.

The Sufferings of the Soul of Jesus.

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John xii. 27, 28.

John xii. 27, 28.

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Published by: glennpease on Jul 20, 2013
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THE SUFFERIGS OF THE SOUL OF JESUS.BY HERY KOLLOCK, D. D,John xii. 27, 28.ow is my soul troubled; and what shall 1 say? Fa-ther, save me from this hour: but for this cause came Iunto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then camethere a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorifiedit, and ivill glorify it again.What a spectacle ! He who is inseparably unitedto the source of life and felicity, in sorrow ; He whois the unfailing fountain of consolation to his childrenon earth, and of joy to the redeemed in heaven, in trou-ble and distress ! We in vain look for exernal causesof this wo. There is no scourge, no cross, no execu-tioner. On the contrary, every thing seems calcu-lated to inspire him with delight. The multitudeappear, at last, disposed to acknowledge him as theMessiah. He has entered in triumph into Jerusa-lem, amidst their hosannas. The Greeks have anx-iously desired to see him, and thus given an earnestof the ingathering of the Gentiles. Ah, brethren!the pains that Jesus feels are deeper than external316 SERMO LV.causes could produce. He just touches the momentwhen lie is to be offered up a sacrifice for sin; hebegins to feel that wrath of God, which was to bepoured out upon him when he stood as the victim of our transgressions. That fire has been kindled, withwhich he was encompassed in the garden and onthe cross, and which would instantly have consumedany being not united to the Godhead.
Entering upon his last conflicts, he cries, " JVoiv ismy soul troubled." These inward sufferings of our Re-deemer were no less necessary than his external woes ;the anguish of his soul was as requisite as the torturesof his cross.1. Sin had defiled our souls as well as our bodies :nay, the soul had been the first source of disobedi-ence; in it the throne of sin and Satan was erected,while the body was used only as its instrument. Thepunishment denounced against the guilty had re-spect to our souls more than to our bodies. WhenJesus, therefore, appeared as our pledge and surety,to expiate for our offences, to bear in our stead theinflictions of divine justice, it was needful that theagonies of his soul should unite with the pains of hisbody, in order to pay down a full ransom for us.2. Besides, one great end of his incarnation anddeath was, thathe might set before us a perfect pat-tern of holy conduct, a complete example of everyvirtue; so that in every circumstance we might castour eyes upon him, and learn our duty. But thisgreat end could never have been accomplished, hadour Redeemer experienced no sorrows of the soul,had he been a stranger to inward troubles.3. And, finally, had only the body of Jesus suffer-ed, we should have been deprived of a large portionof that consolation and support which is now afford-LIFE OF CHRIST. 317ed us by remembering the events of his life. Everyafflicted Christian has been comforted by recollect-ing, that " we have not an High Priest who cannotbe touched with a feeling of our infirmities, 1 ' but one
w ho " was in all points tempted as we are," and whowill therefore sympathize with us in all our sorrows.But if Jesus had undergone only the pains of thesenses ; if at all times he had displayed an unfeelinginsensibility, and had appeared uninvested with theinnocent passions of our nature; how much would theconsolations to be derived from him have been di-minished both in extension and force ?Thus, whether we consider Jesus as the propitia-tion for our sins, or as a pattern of holiness, or as atender friend, careful of the happiness of those attach-ed to him, we see the necessity of his inward as wellas his outward sufferings, and must be supported byrecollecting that he here cried, " ow is my soultroubled ;" and that he afterwards exclaimed, " Mysoul is exceeding sorrowful."The inward sorrows of men are, it is true, oftencriminal; because they spring from an improper¦source, from unholy passions or desires, or from de-fect of submission to the will of God ; or becausethey are excessive in their degree,&nd not proportioned tothe causes which excite them ; or because they arepernicious in their effect, checking our gratitude to God,or causing us to refrain from the performance of duty.But though the blessed Saviour, from the time that hewas cradled in the despised manger till he expiredupon thebloody cross, scarcely passed a day that didnot bring with it something that afflicted his soul :though he, at whose birth angels rejoiced, tra-versed this valley of tears in sadness and in grief,and found no intermission to the woes of his spirit318 SERMO LV.till he rested in the tomb ; yet his sorrows were everholy : for in their source they were pure ; in their de-

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