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49:1    The women at the cross could have answered Pilate’s question. They knew what had inspired their devotion, 3winged their faith, opened the eyes of their understanding, healed the sick, cast out evil, and caused the disciples to say to their Master: “Even the devils are subject 6unto us through thy name.”

    Where were the seventy whom Jesus sent forth? Were all conspirators save eleven? Had they forgotten the 9Students’ ingratitudegreat exponent of God? Had they so soon lost sight of his mighty works, his toils, privations, sacrifices, his divine patience, sublime courage, and unre12quited affection? O, why did they not gratify his last human yearning with one sign of fidelity?

    The meek demonstrator of good, the highest instruc15tor and friend of man, met his earthly fate alone with Heaven’s sentinelGod. No human eye was there to pity, no arm to save. Forsaken by all whom he had 18blessed, this faithful sentinel of God at the highest post of power, charged with the grandest trust of heaven, was ready to be transformed by the renewing 21of the infinite Spirit. He was to prove that the Christ is not subject to material conditions, but is above the reach of human wrath, and is able, through Truth, 24Life, and Love, to triumph over sin, sickness, death, and the grave.

    The priests and rabbis, before whom he had meekly 27walked, and those to whom he had given the highest Cruel contumelyproofs of divine power, mocked him on the cross, saying derisively, “He saved others; 30himself he cannot save.” These scoffers, who turned “aside the right of a man before the face of the Most High,” esteemed Jesus as “stricken, smitten of God.” 50 50:1“He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” 3“Who shall declare his generation?” Who shall decide what truth and love are?

    The last supreme moment of mockery, desertion, tor6ture, added to an overwhelming sense of the magnitude A cry of despairof his work, wrung from Jesus’ lips the awful cry, “My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” 9This despairing appeal, if made to a human parent, would impugn the justice and love of a father who could withhold a clear token of his presence to sustain and bless so 12faithful a son. The appeal of Jesus was made both to his divine Principle, the God who is Love, and to himself, Love’s pure idea. Had Life, Truth, and Love forsaken 15him in his highest demonstration? This was a startling question. No! They must abide in him and he in them, or that hour would be shorn of its mighty blessing for the 18human race.

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