this sublime offering of himself to God. His humanity craving sympathy, he takes with him the three disciples whom he most loved, and who had been with him on the mount of transfiguration; thus consecrating Christian fellowship as a source of consola- tion in sorrow, as well as of delight in our spiritual joys. Soon, however, these cherished friends mast be left behind ; for the most congenial and loving can go but a little way with us in our bitterest trials. It was a support to the three Hebrews that they were together and could encourage one another ; but we must enter our most fiery furnace alone, with no companionship of earthly sympathy. To the eight from whom he had separated before, his words were, "Sit ye here while I go and pray yonder." To Peter and James and John he gives a very different charge; he says, "Tarry ye here, and watch with me." And having thus spoken, he leaves them, and moves on beyond the reach of mortal voice or eye; there, alone in the darkness, to bow beneath his mys- terious agony, and with strong crying and tears to pour out a soul already "exceeding sorrowful, even unto death."' " I know," says some writer, "but two beautiful things in the whole universe, the starry sky above our heads and the sense of duty within our hearts." Beneath that so- lemn canopy and with a spirit braving for us anguish be- yond all conception — anguish which caused his human- ity to quail and cry out for pity — this solitary victim dis- appears in the thickest shades of Olivet. Without pur- suing the narrative farther, I come at once to the passage in that scene which is described in our text, and upon it I offer you a reflection or two. I. And, first, I remark that the Son of Man is still be- trayed by those who are among his professed disciples. The perfidy of Judas Iscariot fills us with horror. For centuries he has occupied the highest eminence of infamy.