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The Last Trial of Jesus
Clarence E. Macartney
Some years ago, I had occasion to change trains at a
railroad junction in the southern part of Texas. It
was a wretched, straggling town, the streets mere
gashes through the red loam. There were several
warehouses and a collection of general stores, with
mules and horses tied at the rail in front. On top of
a barren hill was the courthouse, and scattered about
without any semblance of order, depressing in their
location and appearance, were the houses of the
inhabitants. There was a brick church, not more
attractive than the other buildings. But as I passed
by, I could make out in the large stained glass window
the figure of Christ kneeling in Gethsemane. The glass
was cheap and the window poorly executed; but cheap
glass and poor execution could not altogether distort
the majesty and pathos of Christ kneeling in His agony
for the salvation of souls. The miserable hamlet
seemed to take on a certain dignity and worth now,
because one realized that He who was represented there
as entering into His agony in Gethsemane had suffered
and died for the people who lived in this town. He
suffered and died for you, for me. If you had been the
only person in the world, still Christ for you would
have entered into Gethsemane.
A long distance from Jerusalem to Texas, from
Gethsemane with its olive trees and its shadows beyond
the Cedron to that brick church in the forlorn town,
and almost nineteen hundred years between the incident
which took place in Gethsemane and its crude
reproduction in glass in the window of the church. Yet
time and distance take nothing from the pathos, the
grandeur, and the tragedy of Gethsemane.
We commonly speak of the three temptations of Christ,
but there is no reason to think that His temptations
were concluded at the end of the third temptation,
when He said to the tem ...
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