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The Suffering Savior

By F.W. Krummacher


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   Preface - Meditations on the Last Days of Christ PREFACE In the following meditations I trust I have succeeded in displaying to my readers at least ...read
   1: THE OUTER COURT: The Announcement - The history of our Savior's passion is about to display before us its bleeding mysteries and its awful vicarious scenes. The "Lamb of God, which takes ...read
   2: The Anointing - Six days before the Passover, and, consequently, four before the awful day of crucifixion, we find our Lord in the peaceful village of Bethany, on the ...read
   3: The Entry into Jerusalem - "Are you he who should come, or do we look for another?"' Questions like this lie heavily on the hearts of many in the present day, whose intentions, ...read
   4: Christ Washing His Disciple's Feet - We are approaching, in our meditations, a very solemn section of our Lord's history. Jesus has completed his sojourn on earth, and the eve of the grea ...read
   5: The Passover - The passover is just being celebrated--the most important glorious, and joyful of the festivals of Israel; the birthday-feast of the chosen people--th ...read
   6: The Institution of the Lord's Supper - The Passover has been kept, according to Israelitish usage, the paschal lamb has been consumed by the guests with feelings of deep emotion, and the fe ...read
   7: "Lord, Is It I?" - We return to the chamber in which our Lord and his disciples had assembled to eat the passover, and previous to the institution of the sacred ordinanc ...read
   8: Judas Iscariot - About the same time that the Word became flesh in Bethlehem, and the angels of God sang their seraphic anthem at his appearance, there was joy also in ...read
   9: The Woe Denounced - Were any one to ask me what passage in the whole Bible I regarded as the most awful and appalling, I should not require to reflect long before giving ...read
   10: The Walk to Gethsemane - We return to our narrative at a solemn moment. The Lord Jesus has just instituted the sacred ordinance of his love--the Lord's Supper--and, according ...read
   11: The Converse by the Way - The apostle casts a profound look into the heart of Jesus, when he testifies concerning him, that "For the joy which was set before him, he endured th ...read
   12: THE HOLY PLACE: Gethsemane--Conflict and Victory - It is night. The Lord has left Jerusalem with his eleven confidential followers, fully aware of what awaits him. In deeply affecting converse he desce ...read
   13: Gethsemane--Import and Result - The apostle, in writing to the Hebrews, concerning the priesthood of Jesus Christ, expresses himself in a remarkable manner, when he says in chap. 5:7 ...read
   14: The Sudden Assault - After coming off victorious from his spiritual conflict in Gethsemane, the divine sufferer prepares to enter upon the thorny path of bodily affliction ...read
   15: The Traitor's Kiss - We direct our eyes, once more, to the armed multitude who had reached the Garden of Gethsemane in quest of Jesus. They have just risen up from the gro ...read
   16: The Sword and the Cup - A singular occurrence interrupts the regular course of the sacred narrative of our Lord's passion, and serves as an additional proof how difficult it ...read
   17: Offering and Sacrifice - We shall confine our present meditation to the state of resignation in which we left our great High Priest, at the close of the last chapter. He yield ...read
   18: Christ Before Annas - The armed band have executed their object, with regard to Christ, and the Eleven, perceiving it, have fled to the right and left. A young man who also ...read
   19: The Judicial Procedure - Christ at the bar of the ecclesiastical tribunal is the subject to which our meditations are now to be directed. The apparent contradictions in the li ...read
   20: The Fall of Peter - In addition to all his other sufferings, our blessed Lord had also to endure that of being denied by one of the little company of his confidential dis ...read
   21: The Great Confession - We return to the judgment hall of the Sanhedrin at a moment when profound and gloomy silence reigns. But even this pause has its import. The Spirit of ...read
   22: Peter's Tears - Our present meditation will console us for the grief we experienced when considering the depth of Peter's fall. The star of divine grace rises on that ...read
   23: "Prophesy to Us, You Christ" - We have now to proceed to the contemplation of a scene which, with regard to its horrible nature, is scarcely paralleled in the whole history of our S ...read
   24: Christ before the Sanhedrin - After a horrible night, the morning breaks, and announces the dawn of the most important and momentous of all earthly days. It is Good Friday, that mo ...read
   25: The End of the Traitor - My readers are aware how much depended upon our High Priest accomplishing the work of atonement in the robes of purity. If a blemish was found in the ...read
   26: Christ before Pilate - The day has just dawned--the most momentous, decisive, and eventful in the world. It greets our Lord with dreadful insignia. It approaches in a blood- ...read
   27: The Accusations - After the Jews had gained their first victory over the governor, for as such they might account it, in having succeeded by their imposing attitude, in ...read
   28: Christ a King - Let us now return to the Mighty Captive. He suffers himself to be judged, in order that he may subsequently interfere, both legally and effectually, o ...read
   29: "What is Truth?" - In the whole of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, with the exception of the words prefixed to our present meditation, we do not find a single pass ...read
   30: The Lamb of God - After his first conversation with Jesus, Pilate again comes forward into the open court before the people, bringing the accused with him. The governor ...read
   31: Christ before Herod - Pilate's clear and decided testimony that he found no fault in Jesus, did not fail of its effect on his accusers. They stand aghast, and perceive the ...read
   32: Pilate Our Advocate - Pilate again finds himself in a great dilemma. By transferring the proceedings to Herod, he hoped to have escaped from his painful situation. But, con ...read
   33: Jesus or Barabbas - We resume our place amid the wild and tumultuous assemblage before Gabbatha, the open court, where justice was accustomed to be administered. Pilate, ...read
   34: Barabbas - The most horrible and momentous cry that was ever heard under heaven has been uttered. To the governor's question, "Whom will you that I release unto ...read
   35: The Scourging - The path of the Holy One of Israel becomes increasingly dark and obscure. The night-piece of his passion carries us from the region of the tragical in ...read
   36: Ecce Homo! - We stand, in spirit, before Gabbatha. The judgment-seat is still empty. The scene, as we are aware, has been transferred for a time into the inner cou ...read
   37: The Close of the Proceedings - The judicial procedure against the Lord of Glory hastens to its close. Events crowd upon, and even overthrow each other. The great and decisive moment ...read
   38: The Way to the Cross - "Then delivered he him therefore unto them." How mournful and horrifying this sounds! Alas for Pilate! Had he but known who it was, and all that he ga ...read
   39: Simon of Cyrene - Pilate, driven from the field by the determined opposition of the enemies of Jesus, contrary to the voice of justice in his bosom, has delivered the H ...read
   40: The Daughters of Jerusalem - At length, to alleviate in some measure the oppression of our hearts, a trait of humanity appears in the exhibition of utter obduracy and cruelty whic ...read
   41: THE MOST HOLY PLACE: The Crucifixion - "The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him." Let these words of the prophet Habakkuk be the language of our hearts on ...read
   42: The Dividing of the Clothing - The scene we are about to contemplate, is remarkable even for those who are either unable or unwilling to share in our belief. It represents the takin ...read
   43: The Inscription - Let us again lift up our eyes to the inscription, which beams from the cross of the Divine Sufferer. We there read, "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Je ...read
   44: "Father, Forgive Them" - Our visit to the horrible darkness which reigns on Calvary has this time reference only to the ray of compassion which flashes through it, than which, ...read
   45: The Malefactor - Again we direct our eyes upward. The three crucified individuals form the center of our present meditation. The dying men are in so far alike in their ...read
   46: The Legacy of Love - Our present meditation brings us again to the cross on Calvary. And where, my readers, do we linger more willingly than beneath its shade? Every day t ...read
   47: "Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani!" - Once, when a voice spoke from heaven to the people who were assembled around Jesus, the evangelist relates, that "some said it thundered; others, that ...read
   48: "I Thirst!" - That portion of the history of our Savior's passion, which will form the subject of our present meditation, does not apparently belong to the more imp ...read
   49: "It is Finished!" - These are the greatest and most momentous words that were ever spoken upon earth, since the beginning of the world. Who does not find in them a cry of ...read
   50: "Father, into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit!" - We return to Calvary. Let devout and peaceful recollections possess our minds. We are entering a sanctuary. Is there, generally speaking, anything on ...read
   51: The Signs that Followed - Scarcely has the Lord of life and glory bowed his head and expired on Calvary, than the awful scene is changed. Heaven no longer withholds its recogni ...read
   52: The Wound of the Lance - On our return to the scene of suffering on Calvary, we find a great change has taken place. Profound silence reigns on the three crosses. Death, the s ...read
   53: The Interment - After all the heart-affecting and appalling scenes we have been witnessing, how beneficial to our spirits is the solemn stillness that now reigns on C ...read

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