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BY J. R. MILLER



Read Matthew XXVII. , 33-50

The story of the crucifixion has the most sacred
and tender interest for every one who loves Jesus
Christ. It is not merely an account of the tragic
death of a good man — He who was crucified was
the world's Redeemer, our Redeemer, suffering for
us. Some of the old preachers used to say that our
sins drove the nails in the hands and feet of Jesus.
He died for us. St. Paul speaks also of being cru-
cified with Christ. He means that Christ's death
was instead of his death. No other death in all his-
tory means to the world what the dying of Jesus
means.
BY J. R. MILLER



Read Matthew XXVII. , 33-50

The story of the crucifixion has the most sacred
and tender interest for every one who loves Jesus
Christ. It is not merely an account of the tragic
death of a good man — He who was crucified was
the world's Redeemer, our Redeemer, suffering for
us. Some of the old preachers used to say that our
sins drove the nails in the hands and feet of Jesus.
He died for us. St. Paul speaks also of being cru-
cified with Christ. He means that Christ's death
was instead of his death. No other death in all his-
tory means to the world what the dying of Jesus
means.

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THE CRUCIFIXIONBY J. R. MILLER Read Matthew XXVII. , 33-50The story of the crucifixion has the most sacredand tender interest for every one who loves JesusChrist. It is not merely an account of the tragicdeath of a good man — He who was crucified wasthe world's Redeemer, our Redeemer, suffering forus. Some of the old preachers used to say that oursins drove the nails in the hands and feet of Jesus.He died for us. St. Paul speaks also of being cru-cified with Christ. He means that Christ's deathwas instead of his death. No other death in all his-tory means to the world what the dying of Jesusmeans.They led Jesus out to Golgotha. There He wasmet by those who offered Him "wine to drink min-gled with gall." It is supposed that the act wasone of kindness, that the mixture was intended tostupefy Him so as to deaden in some measure theawful suffering of crucifixion. But Jesus refusedthe drink. He would not have His senses dulledas He entered upon His great work of death for the808MATTHEW XXVII., 33-50 309world, nor would He have His sufferings as Re-deemer lessened in any degree.The garments of men who were crucified were by
 
custom the perquisites of the soldiers in charge of the crucifixion. "They parted His garments amongthem, casting lots." We love to think of the gar-ments which Jesus had worn. Perhaps they hadbeen made by His mother's hands or else by thehands of some of the other women who followedHim and ministered unto Him of their substance.They were the garments the sick woman and othersufferers had touched with reverent faith, receivinginstant healing. What desecration it seems whenthese heartless Roman soldiers take these garmentsand divide them among themselves! Then whatsacrilege it is when the soldiers throw dice andgamble for His seamless robe under the very crosswhere the Saviour is dying !"They sat and watched Him there." Roman sol-diers kept guard, but they were not the only watch-ers. There was the careless, heartless watch of thesoldiers. They knew nothing about Jesus. Theysaw three poor Jews on three crosses, and had noconception of the character of Him who hung onthe middle cross. It is possible yet and always tolook at Christ on the cross and see nothing morethan these soldiers saw. We all need to pray tohave our eyes opened when we look at Christ cru-cified, that we may see in the lowly sufferer the Sonof God, bearing the sin of the world.310 THE CRUCIFIXIONThere were also jealous watchers, the enemies of 1 Jesus, so full of hatred that they even hurled scoffsat Him who hung in silence upon that central cross.Then there were loving watchers — the women andJohn, Christ's friends, with hearts broken as theylooked at their Lord dying in shame and anguish.Then there were wondering watchers — angels, who
 
hovered unseen above the cross and looked inamazement upon the suffering Son of God, eagerlydesiring to know what this mystery meant.All the words that Jesus spoke on the cross werefull of meaning. One, the very first, was a prayerfor His murderers, "Father, forgive them ; for theyknow not what they do." The words seem to havecome from His lips just as the nails were beingdriven through His hands and feet. The torturewas excruciating, but there was no cry of pain, noexecration of those who were causing Him such bit-ter anguish ; only an intercession. Dora Greenwellin one of her poems illustrates the story in a strik-ing way. There was a youth who had blotted fromhis soul every grace of goodness, who one day, indefiance of God, flung up into the air a daggermeant for God's own heart. Out of the sky camea hand that caught the dagger's hilt, and presentlythere fell from the wound five drops of Christ's dearblood, freely spilt for human guilt. Then a littleleaf came floating through the air and fell at theyouth's feet. On the leaf was written a prayer formercy. Overwhelmed by this Divine answer to hisMATTHEW XXVII., 33-50 311terrible defiance, the youth sank upon his knees,looked up to heaven and cried :"Have mercy, mercy, Lord, on meFor His dear sake, who on a treeShed forth those drops and died."This legend is a beautiful parable of the meaningof the death of Christ. The answer to the world'sdaring defiance of God was the hands of Christstretched out to be pierced with nails for the

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