stepped into the prisoner?s box unhindered, placed his hand affectionately upon the culprit?s shoulder, and said: ?Your honor, we have nothing to say. The verdict, which has been found against us is just. We have only to ask for mercy.? ?We!? There was nothing against this old father. Yet, at that moment he lost himself. He identified his very being with that of his wayward boy. Do you not pity the criminal son because of your pity for his aged and sorrowing father? Because he has so suffered, is not your demand that the son should suffer somewhat mitigated? Will not the judge modify his sentence on that account? Nature knows no forgiveness but human nature does and it is not nature, but human nature, that is made in the image of God?; see Prof. A. S. Coats, in The Examiner, Sept. 12, 1889.
(f) Christ could not have suffered remorse, as a part of the penalty of sin. We answer, on the one hand, that it may not be essential to the idea of penalty that Christ should have borne the identical pangs which the lost would have endured. On the other hand, we do not know how completely a perfectly holy being, possessed of superhuman knowledge and love, might have felt even the pangs of remorse for the condition of that humanity of which he was the central conscience and heart.
Instance the lawyer, mourning the fall of a star of his profession, the woman, filled with shame by the degradation of one of her own sex, the father, anguished by his daughter?s waywardness, the Christian, crushed by the sins of the church and the world. The self-isolating spirit cannot conceive how perfectly love and holiness can make their own the sin of the race of which they are a part.
Simon, Reconciliation, 366 ? ?Inasmuch as the sin of the human race culminated in the crucifixion which crowned Christ?s own sufferings. Clearly the life of humanity entering him subconsciously must have been most completely laden with sin and with the fear of death, which is its fruit, at the very moment when he himself was enduring death in its most terrible form. Of necessity therefore he felt as if he were the sinner of sinners, and cried out in agony: ?My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?? ( <402746>Matthew 27:46).?
Christ could realize our penal condition. Beings who have a like spiritual nature can realize and bear the spiritual sufferings of one another. David?s sorrow was not unjust, when he cried: ?Would I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!? (2Sam. 18:33). Moberly, Atonement and Personality, 117 ? ?Is penitence possible in the personally sinless? We answer that only one who is perfectly sinless can perfectly repent, and this
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