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How Sin Began

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the malicious intent betrayed in urging Him to cast Himself down from the dizzy height, the unsleeping malice that hunted Him from place to place, inspir- ing the hearts of priests and people to reject His love, and at the last to cry, “Crucify Him! crucify Him!” All this excited the amazement and indignation of the universe.

It was Satan that prompted the world’s rejec- tion of Christ. The prince of evil exerted all his power and cunning to destroy Jesus; for he saw that the Saviour’s mercy and love, His compas- sion and pitying tenderness, were representing to the world the character of God. Satan contested every claim put forth by the Son of God, and em- ployed men as His agents to fill the Saviour’s life with suffering and sorrow. The sophistry and false- hood by which he had sought to hinder the work of Jesus, the hatred manifested through the children of disobedience, his cruel accusations against Him whose life was one of unexampled goodness, all sprung from deep-seated revenge. The pent-up fires of envy and malice, hatred, and revenge burst forth on Calvary against the Son of God while all Heaven gazed upon the scene in silent horror.

When the great sacrifice had been consum- mated, Christ ascended on high, refusing the ado- ration of angels until He had presented the request, “I will that they also, whom thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am” (John 17:24). Then with inex- pressible love and power came forth the answer from the Father’s throne, “Let all the angels of God worship Him” (Heb. 1:6). Not a stain rested upon Jesus. His humiliation ended, His sacrifice com-

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