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27Friends and Brethren: — The Biblical record of the great Nazarene, whose character we to-day commemorate, is scanty; but what is given, puts to flight every doubt as

30to the immortality of his words and works. Though

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1written in a decaying language, his words can never pass away: they are inscribed upon the hearts of men: they

3are engraved upon eternity's tablets.

Undoubtedly our Master partook of the Jews' feast of the Passover, and drank from their festal wine-cup.

6This, however, is not the cup to which I call your at- tention, — even the cup of martyrdom: wherein Spirit and matter, good and evil, seem to grapple, and the

9`human struggles against the divine, up to a point of discovery; namely, the impotence of evil, and the om- nipotence of good, as divinely attested. Anciently, the

12blood of martyrs was believed to be the seed of the Church. Stalled theocracy would make this fatal doctrine just and sovereign, even a divine decree, a law of Love! That

15the innocent shall suffer for the guilty, is inhuman. The prophet declared, "Thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel." This is plain: that what-

18ever belittles, befogs, or belies the nature and essence of Deity, is not divine. Who, then, shall father or favor this sentence passed upon innocence? thereby giving the

21signet of God to the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of His beloved Son, the righteous Nazarene, — christened by John the Baptist, "the Lamb of God."

24Oh! shameless insult to divine royalty, that drew from the great Master this answer to the questions of the rabbinical rabble: "If I tell you, ye will not believe; and

27if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go."

Infinitely greater than human pity, is divine Love, — that cannot be unmerciful. Human tribunals, if just,

30borrow their sense of justice from the divine Principle thereof, which punishes the guilty, not the innocent. The Teacher of both law and gospel construed the substitution

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