Could He become a suitor to His offended self? He industriously shunned a death such as might have brought Him honour when exposed to it by the malignity of the Pharisees. Who can doubt of God's goodness, despair of God's mercy, after this.3. Justice was exacted of Jesus, and mercy was proffered to man. (1) From whence. This, ignominious in itself, exposed the sufferer to the scorn of the rude vulgar.2. We love obedience in a whole skin. WHAT KIND OF DEATH CHRIST HUMBLED HIMSELF UNTO. He lay close by under a tree, also snowed under, and heard all this: but, without noticing it, presently crawled out too, and, shaking off the snow, made some jocular remark to the nearest men, who had no idea he had ridden up in the night and lain down amongst them! And so listening in vain for the voice which alone he would obey, he perished in the explosion of the ship.(W. The incident ran through the army in a few hours, and reconciled his followers to all the hardships of the expedition, and fully reestablished his popularity.(M. For all. )Christ degradedJ. is what it means for Christ to be 'in the form of God;' it means 'to be THE PERMANENCE OF THAT FASHION. of usually two independent words connected by 'and' instead of the usual (Matthew 16:19; Revelation 3:7; Revelation 1:18; Revelation 20:2-3). The Cross was the ultimate limit of those labours which purchased a reward. )Obedient unto deathR. Harris.During the wars of the first Napoleon, in a naval engagement, the son of the captain of a vessel was placed by his father at a certain post and charged to keep it till his return. (a) How given. In HIS PREMINISTERIAL LIFE.1. In HIS PREMINISTERIAL LIFE.1. "Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree."1. And when men are so high that they cannot get higher there is no way to exalt them but to dilate their names, which every noble generous spirit had rather have than any dignity. As our Saviour freely undertook a life of the greatest meanness and hardship, so we might be pleased to undergo such a death. Look at SOME OF THE LAWS RESPECTING JEWISH SLAVES so as to estimate the humiliation of Jesus; and these were mild compared with those that obtained among the Romans.1. Yet this last virtue is the ground of Christ exulting. Christ was always obeying inward principle. (4) This is sad and dreadful news to all impenitent sinners (Hebrews 10:29).2. This exaltation is —1. Actions claiming the highest regards of God are those which have an intrinsic perfectness, and which, when looked at on all sides, are in entire correspondence with the mind and will of God. We love obedience in a whole skin. Answer. Where among angels, seeing that they cannot discharge more than their own debts of gratitude and service?4. Meriton, D. D.)The obedience of ChristJ. Mortality, with Him, was a consequence of disobedience; and so Jesus, in becoming human, had He seen fit, might have been exempt from the law of death, or might have passed away by a translation, such as is recorded of Enoch and Elijah, and such as did transpire in His own history after He had risen, to die no more. Not a natural death, nor a mere violent death, but a violent death having three embittering circumstances.1. He stood forth as the great representative man.2. It was the fitting crown of a life whose explanation was "My meat is to do the will," etc.III. The heinousness of our sins.3. His humiliation had been to the ground, into the lowest parts of it; His exaltation was from thence. Holy Spirit, Disciple's Guide Where was there a Mediator worthy to intercede on our behalf? This is the only pattern for our holiness.(J. Shall we therefore abandon hearing as well as kneeling? Without a name what is exalting? The yoke He imposes on His disciples is His own — obedience.6. And so listening in vain for the voice which alone he would obey, he perished in the explosion of the ship.(W. Not so.II. But it is not to the syllables of the name that we are to bow. 9; Hebrews 2:9; Luke 24:26, 46; Psalm 110:7; Hebrews 12:2). WHAT IS DEATH — especially as expressive of the condition to which Jesus humbled Himself? (3) That we must lean on some one, our God and our friend. In amplification of this, the principal act of Christ's humiliation, note —I. Nay, if He must die, let Him die a honest fair death. 1. Barrow, D. D.1. His person is out of sight, but His name is left behind that we may do reverence to it. Neither the Father's ordination nor men's violence constituted the sacrifice (Psalm 40:7-8; John 10:17-18). He was not at first that perfect man which lay in the intention of the Father before all ages, but He was like it, as the shadow is to the substance; and He gradually grew into it. (1)Specified — "death. God was pleased to prosecute it, as thereby no wise to impair but rather to advance His glory. The Deity of Christ gave inconceivable sensitiveness to the agonized consciousness of Jesus; and who shall say that, in that brief hour, Jesus did not experience a sense of the awful demerit of sin and of the fierceness of God's wrath against it transcending the anguish of a lost soul?II. IN HIS LIFE.1. It should breed a disregard for the world and its vanities, and reconcile us to even the worst condition? (3)The Spirit assisting the Son to offer Himself without spot.2. To us death is the chalice whose poison has been changed by the chemistry of redeeming love into nectar; to Jesus it was a cup full of the concentrated dregs of woe. His temptation. (2) "Himself." 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