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The Supreme Interrogation

The Supreme Interrogation

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Published by glennpease
BY Andrew V. V. Raymond, D.D.

'* What shall I do then with Jesus, which is called
Christ"— Matt. 27:22.
BY Andrew V. V. Raymond, D.D.

'* What shall I do then with Jesus, which is called
Christ"— Matt. 27:22.

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Published by: glennpease on Sep 16, 2013
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THE SUPREME ITERROGATIOBY Andrew V. V. Raymond, D.D.'* What shall I do then with Jesus, which is calledChrist"— Matt. 27:22.A PERSISTET question — as pertinent to-day as when Pilate asked it — ^and asfateful : the one question, in fact, whichmore than any other has made history and ismaking history.ow, as at first, its importance is not clearlyseen. Pilate certainly would not have com-pared it with the great questions they wereasking at Rome and Corinth and Athens andEphesus. "Wherever the currents of life con-verged, some supreme interest provoked dis-cussion and brought crowds upon the street.Among the capitals Jerusalem was accountedsmall and its interests local. What if the peo-ple were excited? The question at issue wasapparently trifling — ^nothing more than thedisposition to be made of a Teacher whosewords had given offense — a Teacher, a travel-ing rabbi, who had aroused a certain enthusi-asm in one of the provinces, Galilee, but hadno important following in Jerusalem itself.Had He been a political organizer or a mili-tary leader, it would have been different.Even to-day the teacher is of little account in35MODER SERMOS
the eyes of constituted authority. So slow isthe world in learning the real source of power !To Pilate it must have seemed that whateverwas done to this Teacher would be of littlemoment, save to a few inconspicuous and un-influential men who had followed Him fromplace to place and become imbued with Hisideas. There was little in the circumstancesto indicate that the question, '* What shall Ido with Jesus, which is called Christ! '* wasthe determining question of the age to whichPilate belonged, for when Jesus was crucifiedwith Pilate's consent, if not at his command,a force was introduced into the thought andlife of the world which has overturned govern-ments and remolded society. Under the sym-bol of the cross have been won the successivevictories of civilization. To question this isto challenge the history of the Western worldat every stage. To accept it, however, is notto account for it nor to justify all the infer-ences which men have drawn from it. It isenough to recognize that the question whichseemed to be unimportant, has proved to bethe great question of all time, for the Jesuswho was crucified was not destroyed. Whatwas done to Him was not done with Him.Whatever the mystery of it, He has been themost real person on earth ever since; so thatthe question has never ceased, "What shall wedo with Jesus, which is called Christ? " Thestory of His resurrection has been established.RAYMOD
in the spirit at least, by the i>ersistent influ-ence of His personality, the consciousness of His presence, which has made Pilate's ques-tion the one question which no generationcould escape. We are asking it to-day moreseriously perhaps than it has ever before beenasked— certainly with a clearer understandingof all that it involves. In spite of our mate-rialism, if not indeed because of it, the truthwhich Jesus Christ incarnates arrests thought.Our greater intelligence has not freed us &omthe challenge of His wisdom or the inherentauthority of His character. We meet Himupon our streets, in our temples, at our feasts,among our law-makers, before our governors,over against our treasuries, in the presence of our children, in the burial places of our dead.He does not strive nor cry. He representsneither the violence nor the compulsion of force. He makes no appeal to our fears. Heseeks no favor. His presence is as silent asit is invisible. Yet we cannot escape from itthough we may try to ignore it. Whether onewill or no, in all our activities, in all our rela-tionships, in all our purposes, in all our phil-osophies of life, we must ask, ** What shall wedo with Jesus, which is called Christ? '' Forthe presence which we cannot banish is thatof the truth for which Christ stands, the truthwhich in His words has gone into all theworld, the truth which in His character hasbecome the standard of human judgment, the87MODER SERMOS

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