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THE APPEAL OF THE CROSS.pdf

THE APPEAL OF THE CROSS.pdf

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By Frank M. Dowling

WHATEVER may be our view as to the necessity and
meaning of Christ's death we all feel that the subject
demands the most reverent treatment, and we feel this not
simply because we are entering into the innermost sanctuary
of his sorrow, but because we feel — we cannot escape the feel-
ing — that Christ's death has a meaning that attaches to no
other death, and somehow is related to our peace and pardon
and everlasting life.
By Frank M. Dowling

WHATEVER may be our view as to the necessity and
meaning of Christ's death we all feel that the subject
demands the most reverent treatment, and we feel this not
simply because we are entering into the innermost sanctuary
of his sorrow, but because we feel — we cannot escape the feel-
ing — that Christ's death has a meaning that attaches to no
other death, and somehow is related to our peace and pardon
and everlasting life.

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THE APPEAL OF THE CROSSBy Frank M. DowlingWHATEVER may be our view as to the necessity andmeaning of Christ's death we all feel that the subjectdemands the most reverent treatment, and we feel this notsimply because we are entering into the innermost sanctuaryof his sorrow, but because we feel — we cannot escape the feel-ing — that Christ's death has a meaning that attaches to noother death, and somehow is related to our peace and pardonand everlasting life. And so, my brethren, as we go togetherup the holy hill of Calvary, let us purge our thoughts fromall impurity and pride, and, standing there open-souled towardGod, with perfect sincerity, and, with a deep heart-hungerfor truth and holiness, it may be that this will be the hourwhen the death of Christ for our sins will appear unto us asthe wisdom of God and become unto us the power of God untoour present and eternal salvation.Brethren, touching the place of the death of Christ in theChristian system, if we are willing to enter the Scripture hold-ing in our hands the lamp lighted by Thomas Campbell whenhe said: " Where the Bible speaks, we speak, and where theBible is silent, we are silent, ' ' we shall be satisfied that men of "light and leading" have been justified in regarding Calvaryand not Bethlehem as the focus of revelation, in declaring thedeath of Christ to be the center of gravity and the organizingidea of Christianity. With Jesus his death was not an after-thought, not merely a martyrdom from which he could notescape, not merely the natural end of a human career; it wasthe will of his Father, it was that for which he was mani-fested in the flesh, for he declared that the Son of Man cameinto the world to give his life a ransom for many, and con-templating his death he said, "But for this cause came I tothis hour."219
 
220 THE EW LIVIG PULPITThe importance which Christ attached to his death is shownby the times when and the circumstances in which he spoke of it to the disciples, and the persistency with which he pressedthe subject upon them, even though the result was their utterbewilderment and their alienation from him.After the resurrection, and the instruction of the fortydays of his frequent presence with them, and especially, afterthe enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, who came to them onthe Day of Pentecost, according to the promise made to thetroubled ones in the "upper room," the disciples, so far frombeing offended and baffled and discomfited and grieved by thethought of Christ's death, received the teaching of Christ con-cerning his death with their whole hearts, made it, with itsmeaning, the sum and substance of their preaching, the heartand soul of their message, their first and their final appeal tomen — their Gospel.Paul delivered unto the Corinthians first of all that whichhe also received, that Christ died for our sins according to theScriptures, and he was determined to know nothing amongthem save Christ and him crucified, and, though the preach-ing of the cross was to the Greeks foolishness, and to theJews a stumblingblock, he knew it to be the wisdom of God,and the power of God to those that were being saved, he,therefore, glorified in nothing save in the cross of the LordJesus Christ, and so he sums up his entire message as the"word of the Cross."The place assigned to the death of Christ by the other dis-ciples is the same as that given to it by the apostle Paul.We can now understand this saying of a distinguishedtheologian: "There is but a step between any text of Scrip-ture and the cross on which the Savior died."The high place assigned to the death of Christ in the Scrip-
 
tures is proof positive that his death has a meaning definite,unique, sublime, divine. Could there be found a man withmind and soul so dead that he is not profoundly interestedin what that meaning is?To whom shall we turn for an answer to our question? ToFRAK M. DOWLIG 221men? Men did not originate the scheme of redemption. How-ever much men may discover by their reasoning and philoso-phizing, do we not feel that the secret of the meaning of Christ's death belongs to God? The great question is, hasGod revealed his secret? Paul's faith was that God, havingof old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by diversportions and in divers manners, hath at the end of these daysspoken unto us in his Son.Friends, with me, whatever Christ says, by his own lips orthrough those whom he chose and qualified to speak for him,has come to be final. The life he lived, the teaching he gave,the signs he wrought, the resurrection he attained, the influ-ence he exerted and still exerts, establish the divine claims hemade and justify our reason when we make his word the endof controversy. What then do Christ and the chosen ones sayconcerning the meaning of his death?Listen ! 0, man, listen ! In the hour in which Jesus was be-trayed, in the upper room, at the last supper with the dis-ciples, he took bread, and blessed and brake it ; and he gave tothe disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And hetook the cup, . and gave thanks, and gave to them, saying,Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new covenant,which is shed for many unto remission of sins.Hear him, once more. After his resurrection, perhaps athis last meeting with the disciples, he uttered these greatwords: "Thus it is written and thus it behooved Christ to

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