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THE GLORY THAT FOLLOWED THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST..pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY SIMON CLOUGH


" When it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow-"— 1 Peter, i., 11.
BY SIMON CLOUGH


" When it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow-"— 1 Peter, i., 11.

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 THE GLORY THAT FOLLOWED THE SUFFERIGS OF CHRIST. BY SIMO CLOUGH" Wlien it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow-"— 1 Peter, i., 11. It appears from several parts of the sacred Scriptures, that the prophets did not, in a variety of instances, fully understand their own predictions. They, doubtless, had a general view of God's designs and gracious purposes, but of particular circumstances, connected with those great events which they foretold, they seem to have known very little ; God reserving the explanation of all particulars to the time of the fulfilment of all such prophecies. It appears, however, they were in the habit of inquiring and diligent- ly searching after their true meaning. It is highly probable, that the}^ consulted the prophecies which had already been committed to writing, and were frequently in the habit of conversing with those who were under the same divine inspiration as themselves. They furthermore besought God, in prayer, to give them more en- larged views of the great and important events that were revealed to them, and that he would also make known unto them the time, the season, and the circumstances of their fulfilment ; but God gave them to understand it was not for themselves, but for us that they did minister the things which are now reported unto us by the preaching of the gospel. This was all the satisfaction they receiv- ed, as the result of their anxious and diligent inquiry ; and this was sufficient to repress all their needless curiosity, and to induce them to rest satisfied that the judge of all the earth will do right. We, at the present day, stand upon the heads of all the patriarchs and prophets ; for we not only have their prophecies to consult, but have seen the fulfilment and accomplishment of many of them, with all the attending circumstances. They simply foresaw the fact of the suflerings of Christ, and had some conceptions of the glory that should follow ; but we have been made acquainted with all the connecting events — the time, the place, and the hands by which the bloody deed was executed. And we have not only wit- nessed the glory that was to follow, but have been made the happy
 
partakers of it ; and humbly hope to come into the possession of greater measures of it, when we shall enter upon that inheritance which is incorruptible, undejiled, and that fadeth not away. I. In addressing you from these words, we shall, in the first place, call your attention to the sufferings of Christ. If we trace the history of our Saviour from the cradle to the cross, we shall find his whole life was one continued scene of crucifixion. His life was a passive action, and his death an active passion. He endured all the suflrering§«^'incident to human life ; and he met some of them in their mosUterrific forms, in their most appalling aspects. But we intend, on the present occasion, to confine our remarks to the suffer- ings of'Christ at the close of his life, and to the events with which those sufferings were intimately connected ; the Scriptures take no- tice of three eminent circumstances which belong to his death — the ignominy, the curse, and the misery of it. And let us, in the first place, contemplate the ignominy of his cru- cifixion. We have been so long accustomed to contemplate the crucifixion of Christ, surrounded with that radiance of glory with which his resurrection invested him, that we entirely overlook the ignominy of it. But the crucifixion of the Saviour previous to his resurrection, appeared under very ditierent circumstances ; and, in THE GLORY THAT FOLLOWED THE SUFFERIGS OF CHRIST. 531 order to contemplate the ignominy of it, in all its blackness and darkness, we should transport ourselves back to that period when the tragic scene transpired — we should divest ourselves of all those ideas of grandeur, of greatness, and of innocency, with which we are wont to contemplate our Lord upon the cross. The Jews pursued every measure and adopted every means, which their wisdom and malice could invent, to overwhelm the Sa- viour in eternal disgrace, when they imbrued their hands in his in- nocent blood. He was scorned in every one of his offices. To bring the regal power and authority, which he claimed, into dis-
 
grace, he was sceptered with a reed, and crowned with thorns. To ridicule his pretensions as a prophet, they blindfolded him, and bade him prophesy who smote him. To mock him as a pretended priest, they clothed him with a long robe, which was an emblem of that office. Invested with these tokens of contempt and ridicule, he was exhibited to the multitude in the midst of taunts, and hisses, and vulgar abuse. Such was the overwhelming disgrace into which he was suddenly plunged, that his principal friends forsook him, and left him to sink covered with shame and infamy. But the ignominy of our Saviour's sufferings respects the kind of death he died, the place of his death, and the companions of his death. As it respects the kind of death he died, it was hanging upon a cross ; a death that rendered the person and showed the fact to be abominable. The death of the cross was the most dread- ful of all others, both as it regards the shame and the pain of it. It was so scandalous, that it was inflicted as the last mark of detesta- tion upon the vilest of people. It was the punishment of robbers and murderers, provided that they were slaves ; but if they were free, and had the privilege of the city of Rome, it was then thought a prostitution of that honor, and too infamous a punishment of such a one, let his enemies be what they would. This mode of punish- ment was not practiced among the Jews. Hence it seems a re- markable incident of divine providence in the disposal of events, so that Jesus should suffer the death of the cross. For had he been put to death by the Jews, he would not have been crucified ; or had he have been a Roman citizen, his death would have been of some other kind. Hence it appears that his enemies seized up- on every possible event to tarnish the glory of his fame, and to heighten the ignominy of his death. As it regards the place of his death, he was not crucified in a corner, but upon the top of Mount Calvary ; so that he was fully exposed to the scoffing gaze of the deriding multitude. As it respects the companions of his death, they were the very dregs of mankind, thieves and robbers. By associating the innocent with the guilty, the enemies of Jesus, doubtless, intended to cover him with additional shame and re- proach. Thus we see that our dear Redeemer, who was the glory of heaven, was made the shame of earth ; and he who was the Lord of angels, became the scorn of sinful wretches.

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