cast Himself from the temple, as we dash ourselves against our destiny.
3. To do homage to the majesty of wrong: to worship Evil for the sake of success: to make the world His own by force or by crooked policy, instead of by sufferingi).
En in het allerlaatste van zijn leven „he had to nerve and steel Himself to the terrors and the form of Death"2).
Zoo had ook Jezus een zwaren strijd te kampen. Hij was gehouden, als het gewoonste schepsel op aarde, zich aan Gods wet te onderwerpen-); hij gevoelde als ieder alle natuurlijke verlangens en neigingen-i).
Jezus' gevoelens waren „the affections of an acutely sensitive human soul, alive to all the tenderness, and hopes, and anguish
Sermons II, p. 218.
P- 219- "He went down from the sunny mountain-tops of life into the darkening shades of the valley where lies the grave. There is a perceptible difference between the tone of His earlier and that of His later inimstry which by its evidently undesigned truthfulness gives us a strong feeling of the reality of the history.
At first all is bright, full of hope, signalized by suceess and triumph. You hear from Him joyotis words of anticipated victory: „I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." And we recollect how His first sermon in the synagogue of Capernaum was hailed; how all eyes were fixed on Him, and His words seemed full of grace.
Slowly, after this, there comes a change over the spirit of His life. The unreinitting toil becomes more superhuman; the cold presentiment of doom hangs more often on Him. He begins to talk to His disciples m mysterious hints of the betrayal and the cross. He is going down into the cloudland, full of shadows where nothing is distinct, and His step becomes more solemn, and His language more deeply sad. Words of awe, the words as of a soul struggling to pierce through thick glooms of Mystery, and Doubt, and Death, eome more often from His lips."
:;) „This is the secret of Christ's kingship, that He submitted Himself to the eternal laws of our humanity." Sermons II, p. 27.
*) Sermons V, pp. 4, 153, 210, 215.