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Transient Impressions.

Transient Impressions.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. HARVEY GOODWIN, M.A.,


S. JOHN xvi. 31, 32.

Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be
scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone.
BY REV. HARVEY GOODWIN, M.A.,


S. JOHN xvi. 31, 32.

Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be
scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone.

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TRASIET IMPRESSIOS. BY REV. HARVEY GOODWI, M.A., S. JOH xvi. 31, 32. Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone. THERE had always been a degree of mystery and reserve in the manner in which Christ our Lord revealed Himself, even to His disciples, be fore His resurrection. From the people at large Pie had, as we know, almost completely concealed His real character; He appeared as a preacher of righteousness, a preacher of God s kingdom which He declared to be at hand, as a rebuker of sin, an instructor of the ignorant, a healer of the sick and of all manner of infirmities ; and they who had simple hearts and earnest faith, and who compared the works and sayings of Christ with the words of the prophets of old, would be able to detect, in the humble dress of 150 SERMO X. Jesus of azareth, Him of whom Moses in the law and the prophets did write. evertheless a veil was thrown over His person, and it was only here one and there one who were able to discern anything of what he really was. And even to His chosen companions the same myste rious reserve was maintained : when Simon Peter confessed Him to be the Christ, our Lord spoke of His confession as embodying a truth which must have been revealed to Him from heaven,
 
and He charged His disciples not to tell any man that He was the Christ. So also when on the Mount He was transfigured in the presence of the three chosen witnesses, and His shining garments and heavenly face gave a momentary view of His really glorious being, these three witnesses were strictly charged not to tell what they had seen until after the resurrection. Thus there was evidently a systematic hiding of His Godhead, even from His chosen twelve, during our Saviour s life : I am not intending now to explain why this was, but only to note the fact as necessary for understanding the cir cumstances under which the text was spoken. If you look at the verses before the text, you will find that our Lord had broken through some of His usual reserve; during His latter conver sations with His disciple before His crucifixion, TRASIET IMPRESSIOS. 151 you will find that there is a great deal less of concealment of Himself than there had been during His lifetime, as though He were gradually preparing His Apostles minds for that full out break of His Godhead, which was eventually to be revealed to them. If you read the verses* which immediately precede the text^ you will see in what spirit it was that those words were uttered. You will observe that Christ declared whence He had come and whither He was going, "I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world; again I leave the world and go to the Father :" and the disciples were so struck with this clear declara tion, that their hearts were warmed with lively
 
emotion and unwonted faith ; they now felt sure of their Master s greatness; they believed that He was come from God ; they felt at the moment ready to do and dare all things in His name ; they had never, from their first call until now, felt within themselves more clearly the assurance, that they were following one worthy of their faith and love. But Christ was greater than their hearts and knew all things; His eye saw the coming storm, He knew by what a lowly gate He was about to leave the world, and how different His betrayal * S. John xvi. 2530. 152 SERMO X. and crucifixion were from the bright visions of His return to the Father which filled the Apostles minds. And Christ knew that the storm which was coming would rock and toss the boat of His Apostles faith, so as well-nigh to overturn and sink them ; therefore He gives them a word or two of warning, " Do ye now believe ? are your hearts and minds now entirely convinced of My glory, so that you will never allow your faith to be clouded over again by doubts, nor your feet to be shaken in the path in which I lead you? Do ye now believe ? Alas ! you do not know yourselves and your own weakness: the hour is close at hand, when you who now profess such perfect faith, will be scattered hither and thither, and I shall be left alone." This was our Lord s warning, and you know how well the result jus tified it; almost directly after came Judas and the hired band, and then all the disciples forsook Him and fled; and Peter, the most bold and

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