of shame and anguish, a possibility of bearing the burden of human guilt and wretchedness, which lost and guilty humanity can never bear for itself.
If Christ had been born into the world by ordinary generation, he too would have had depravity, guilt and penalty. But he was not so born. In the womb of the Virgin, the human nature, which he took was purged from its depravity. But this purging away of depravity did not take away guilt or penalty. There was still left the just exposure to the penalty of violated law. Although Christ?s nature was purified, his obligation to suffer yet remained. He might have declined to join himself to humanity and then he need not have suffered. He might have sundered his connection with the race and then he need not have suffered. But once born of the Virgin, once possessed of the human nature that was under the curse, he was bound to suffer. The whole mass and weight of God?s displeasure against the race fell on him, when once he became a member of the race.
Because Christ is essential humanity, the universal man, the life of the race, he is the central brain to which and through which all ideas must pass. He is the central heart to which and through which all pains must be communicated. You cannot telephone to your friend across the town without first ringing up the central office. You cannot injure your neighbor without first injuring Christ. Each one of us can say of him: ?thee, thee only, have I sinned? ( <195104>Psalm 51:4). Because of his central and all-inclusive humanity, he must bear in his own person all the burdens of humanity, and must be ?the Lamb of God that? taketh, and so ?taketh away, the sin of the world? ( <430129>John 1:29). Simms Reeves, the great English tenor, said that the passion-music was too much for him; he was found completely overcome after singing the prophet?s words in Lam. 1:12 ? ?Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is brought upon me, Wherewith Jehovah afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.? -
Father Damien gave his life in ministry to the lepers? colony of the Hawaiian Islands. Though free from the disease when he entered, he was at last himself stricken with the leprosy, and then wrote: ?I must now stay with my own people.? Once a leper, there was no release. When Christ once joined himself to humanity, all the exposures and liabilities of humanity fell upon him. Through himself personally without sin, he was made sin for us. Christ inherited guilt and penalty. <580214>Hebrews 2:14, 15 ? ?Since then the children are sharers in flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner partook of the same; that through death he might bring to
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