apostle, that Christ " left us an example, that we should follow his steps" (i Pet. ii. 21). I do not know, indeed, that I should say absolutely his wJtole life, since there are at least two aspects of it which may justly be deemed excep- tional. The first of these is the employment of miraculous power, in which, of course, we have no participation; and the second is the occasional assximption of indignant denun- ciation, which to him, undoubtedly, was competent, but which would not appear to be, under any circumstances, warrantable in his disciples at large. With these exceptions, 232 CHRIST OUR EXAMPLE I SUFFERIG. perhaps, the whole of Christ's life may be deemed exemplary; the simplicity and purity of his personal character, the ele- vation of his piety, his active benevolence, his meekness in provocation, his patience in suffering. It is this last feature of his character that is brought under our notice by the words of our text : " The cup which my Father giveth me, shall I not drink it 1 ?" Let us notice, in the first place, the attitude in which our blessed Lord is here exhibited; and, in the second place, the lessons which it is adapted to teach us. I. We notice, in the first place, the attitude in which our blessed Lord is here exhibited. Jesus Christ had always been "a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;" but he was now in the midst of that baptism of woe in which his sufferings were consummated, and the words which are before us exhibit his attitude as a sufferer in three aspects. i. Here is, in the first place, a devout recognition of the hand of God. He calls his sorrow "the cup which my Father giveth me."