But, as they remembered it, it would affect their lives, and change the whole character of them. What does this signify but, first, that He is gone out of the region wherein our senses can perceive Him? He is afflicted in all our afflictions.1. THE OPPOSITE CHARACTERS OF CHRIST, AND OF THOSE FOR WHOM HE SUFFERED, ARE LAID DOWN.V. )The sufferings of ChristS. But those words, doubtless, mean the evil angels as well as the good; our unseen enemies, as well as our unseen friends. But is there any man to tell us, on the word of God, that the disobedient prophet is among the lost — that his is so much as one of the "spirits in prison"? We could smile at death, and at him who hath its power, if we were free from sin.2. Only the mighty can help; and, as He thus helps, we look to His might as the reason for it, and through the work for us we find our Saviour. (2)It is spiritual. As it is no small honour to Him our Head to have all these under Him, so the meditation hereof cannot but be comfortable to us, both in regard of Him and ourselves.3. It is the cleansing of the conscience from its guilt, so that when God makes inquisition for blood, He finds no spot or wrinkle there; so that the conscience, when put to the question, answers peace to the challenge of the Judge. Can we wonder, then, at the Christian's joy at Easter? What meaneth it that Christ sits at the right hand of God? THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST ARE HERE ASSERTED.II. THE NATURE OF CHRIST'S SUFFERINGS.1. The whole gospel in one word — substitution! Christ is to His people now the one Ark. HIS POSITION. Peter is urging his readers to endurance under suffering. This is the starting point. It was, in some sort, as if one's nearest and dearest relation were made absolute king of the country. All dripping as he was, you might have seen the grateful servant prostrated at his master's feet, promising the gratitude and service of a lifetime, and asking what he could do to serve one who had done so much for him. By His atoning sacrifice, thereby removing every obstacle in the way of the sinner's access to God.2. It is found in the silent endurance of weakness and in the bold struggle of strength. But then, as THERE WAS AN ARK which Noah constructed for his preservation and that of his family, we have an ark too, built not by our own hands, but built by our great Creator and Redeemer. Now I know you have some amazingly strong, fast, enduring, workout mammas in this congregation. "He suffered and was buried. Legally: They remove all governmental obstructions to reconciliation.2. It, too, is like Noah's. I am pledged to give my husband as much real pleasure and joy as lies in my power, to abstain from everything that would grieve or displease him, to make any and every sacrifice if necessary to contribute to his comfort and well-being." The statement is that "Christ suffered for sins." What is this but St. Peter's "judged, according to men, in flesh," yet "living, according to God, in spirit"? (3)In resemblance. Need I describe the scene that followed? I know how the forces of the flesh press on every side; a greater force of the spirit shall be with you through Me. Crimes were laid to His charge which His righteous soul abhorred. Why not? Fix thine eyes on Him and fear not; in Him thou hast all; through Him thou shalt rise after all thy falls; shalt enter into the kingdom after all thy doubts; for he that hath the Son hath life. The next being to God is man. We never come out of the great transaction of life the same as we went into it. But those words, doubtless, mean the evil angels as well as the good; our unseen enemies, as well as our unseen friends. This is the starting point. He becomes his father's "substitute," and, if you ask the father in after years how he was saved, with the tear in his eye and a quivering voice, he will tell you he was saved by a substitute — that substitute his most loved and loving son. A poor weakened body labours under pain and disease for years; but the mind grows brighter day by day, and the spirit becomes more refined. He was embodied in the physical form that we might judge of what that nature was in the past, and what it was to be in the future, for the atoning nature of God existed from all eternity, and is going on to all eternity. THEY WERE ENDURED TO THE UTMOST EXTENT. "For Christ also hath once," etc. THE DESIGN HE ACCOMPLISHED. The deluge of wrath, then, will come, like the deluge that swept away the millions of mankind in the days of Noah.II. 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