He thought of His death not as the end of His work but as the center-point of it, not as the termination of His activity but as its climax to which all the rest was subordinated and, without which, all the rest was [for] nought.  He does not die, and so seal a faithful life by an heroic death, but dies, so bearing and bearing away man’s sin.  He regarded, from the beginning, “the glory that should follow” and the suffering through which He had to wade to reach it in one and the same act of prescience, and said, “Lo, I come.  In the volume of the book it is written of Me.” – Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), from a meditation on Luke 9.51.

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