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That. Epiphany explains his passionate sense of fellowship and even identification with the Slain and Risen Lord: “I have been crucified with Gal. ii, 20. Christ, nevertheless I live; yet no longer I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” That Epiphany explains his career of self-sacrifice: “We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus, 2 Cor. iv. 5. the Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake; always bearing about in the body the dying 2 Cor. iv. 10. of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our body.” That Epiphany explains his being persecuted in turn by those who had been his fellow persecutors; for so long as he proclaimed only a crucified, dead, entombed Jesus, the Jews would never have laid hands on him; but he also proclaimed a risen, living, triumphant Jesus, Whom he testified he had personally seen years after His crucifixion and burial; and therefore the very Sanhedrim who had furnished him letters of authority to persecute the Christians turned against him the whole enginery of their might and hate, hunting him to the martyr's grave. In brief: that Epiphany explains everything from the moment when he, a young man Acts vii. 58. named Saul, was dazed by the splendor above the brightness of the sun, to the moment when he, Paul the aged and the prisoner of Jesus Christ, Philemon 9. serenely and for Jesus' sake laid bare his neck for the heads-man's axe. Deny that Epiphany, and you

have in the career of Paul the most inexplicable of character-problems. Admit that Epiph

any, and you have the most inexplicable of character-problems made clear as the sunlight. In other words: the story of Paul is a dazzling dem

onstration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Collect for St.

O God, Who, through the preaching of the Paul's Day. blessed Apostle Saint Paul, hast caused the light

of the Gospel to shine throughout the world : Grant, we beseech Thee, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show forth our thankfulness unto Thee for the same, by following the holy doctrine which he taught: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

INDIRECT TESTIMONIES

TO THE

RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 PETER, i. 3.

XIII.

INDIRECT TESTIMONIES TO THE RESURRECTION OF

JESUS CHRIST.

monies to Christ's Res. urrection.

In drawing this series of meditations to a close, Indirect Testiit will be appropriate and profitable for us to ponder, first of all, some of the indirect or incidental testimonies to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ : that is to say, testimonies which are not expressly set forth as such in the Sacred Chronicles. And, first: the Testimony of the Pentecostal Testimony of

Pentecostal bravery. We take two scenes.

Bravery. Night has fallen on the city of the Great King. Night also has fallen on the hearts of a little group of disciples. They have left the Paschal Matt. xxvi. 30– room, and, wending their way through the narrow streets and out the city gate, and crossing the Kedron, they enter the Garden of Olives. In its solemn shadows kneels and prays the Divine Son of Man, and the fierceness of His anguis his such that it forces out sweat as great drops of blood. And now the

moment has come. Rise,” exclaims the Man of Sorrows to His drowsy disciples, “ Let us be going; behold he that betrayeth Me is at hand.” While He is yet speaking,

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