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The Mind Of Jesus by John Ross Macduff


|Who endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself.| -- Heb. xii.3.

What endurance was this! Perfect truth in the midst of error; perfect love in the midst of ingratitude and coldness; perfect rectitude in the midst of perjury, violence, fraud; perfect constancy in the midst of contumely and desertion; perfect innocence, confronting every debased form of depravity and guilt; perfect patience, encountering every species of gross provocation -- |oppressed and afflicted, He opened not His mouth!| |For my love| (in return for my love), |they are mine adversaries; but| (see His endurance! -- the only species of revenge of which His sinless nature was capable) |I give myself unto prayer!| (Ps. cix.4.)

Reader! |let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus!| The greatest test of an earthly soldier's courage is patient endurance! The noblest trait of the spiritual soldier is the same. |Having done all to stand,| |He endured, as seeing Him who is invisible!| Beware of the angry recrimination, the hasty ebullition of temper. Amid unkind insinuations -- when motives are misrepresented, and reputation assailed; when good deeds are ridiculed, kind intentions coldly thwarted and repulsed, chilling reserve manifested where you expected nothing but friendship -- what a triumph over natural impulse to manifest a spirit of meek endurance! -- like a rainbow, radiant with the hues of heaven, resting peacefully amid the storms of derision and |the floods of ungodly men.| What an opportunity of magnifying the |sustaining grace of God!| |It is a small thing for me to be judged of you, or of man's judgment; He that judgeth me is the Lord.| |The Lord is on my side; I will not fear what man can do unto me.| |Blessed is the man that endureth.| |He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.|

If faithful to our God, we must expect to encounter contradiction in the same form which Jesus did -- |the contradiction of sinners.| It has been well said, |There is no cross of nails and wood erected now for the Christian, but there is one of words and looks which is never taken down.| If believers are set as lights in the earth, lamps in the |city of destruction,| we know that |he that doeth evil hateth the light.| |Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you!|

Weary and faint ones, exposed to the shafts of calumny and scorn because of your fidelity to your God; encountering, it may be, the coldness and estrangement of those dear to you, who can not, perhaps, sympathize in the holiness of your walk and the loftiness of your aims, |consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be weary and faint in your minds!| What is your |contradiction| to His? Soon your cross, whatever it be, will have an end. |The seat of the scorner| has no place in yonder glorious heaven, where all will be peace -- no jarring note to disturb its blissful harmonies! Look forward to the great coronation-day of the Church triumphant, -- the day of your divine Lord's appearing, when motives and aims, now misunderstood, will be vindicated, wrongs redressed, calumnies and aspersions wiped away. Meanwhile, |rejoice that you are counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.|


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