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§ 210. Christ’s Intimations of the Future.

The discourses of Christ in the course of this journey reveal to us the topic on which his thoughts were chiefly occupied at this critical period. In the spiritual results of his preaching he saw the earnest of that new creation which was to follow his death. Knowing all that lay before him at Jerusalem, he went on to meet his death in conflict with the representatives of the depraved spirit of the world at Jerusalem; yet contemplating with joy the progress of his kingdom, for which this self-sacrifice was to pave the way. At the same time commenced those vehement emotions of soul which afterward, under various and painful excitements from without, grew stronger and stronger, until his final and triumphant It is finished!

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