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therefore , we are thrilled with horror , or shame , or grief , as we read how Jesus was insulted , and rejected by foes , and misunderstood and forsaken by followers , we should also remember that the mind is its own place , and that to him this place was a heaven . If we know any thing of the repose of filial dependence , of the delight of divine communion ; if we have felt the exquisite satisfaction of submissive endurance and the energy of beneficent exertion ; any degree of the celestial consciousness of intellectual power and spiritual purity , we must be aware that these delights , immeasurably magnified , were the daily solace of Jesus . Where there is purity , there must be peace ; where there is devotion , there must be joy ; and to one whose purity had reached its last refinement , whose devotion was exalted to the utmost intensity , there must have been an abundant recompence even for woes like
his . It is true , that we can enter little more into his griefs than his joys : for the objects of our hopes and fears are , for the most part , the transient events of life , and our sympathies are confined within a very narrow circle of interests and expectations . It was far otherwise with him who , knowing God as the world knew him not , was able to see the issue of many things from the beginning , and to sympathize in the varied interests of humanity to the end of time . What wonder that he found none to share his burden
of sympathies when , even now , the bare thought of it is overwhelming ! When from an eminence he saw in vision all the kingdoms of the earth and their glory , his affections were also abroad , rejoicing with all who met to rejoice , and weeping with all who wept in the solitude of their homes . Knowing what was in men , their present griefs were his , tbeir present joys were his ; he felt for them more than they knew how to feel forthemselves , because he knew also what was in store for them .
We could not endure such a depth of emotion , any more than we can appreciate the support which ' he had in a knowledge of the Divine purposes . He looked upon children as destined to run the race of life as their parents had done before them , ignorant of their true end , rebellious under the mildest discipline , unconscious of the most unwearied benignity . How deep , how tender must have been his compassion ! But more tender , more deep the joy of contemplating the issue of their wanderings , of anticipating the harvests which should spring from seed thus sown in tears . When he took
the little ones in his arms , he knew that in some hearts he was kindling a flame which should not be quenched till it had consumed all impurities , and consecrated the altar on which it burned to the service of God . When he set a sinless child in the midst , how clear , how affecting a view must he have entertained of the approaching deterioration of this child's mind , and of its gradual renovation , its far-distant confirmation in purity and peace ! No one else knew as he knew through what strifes , what salutary griefs , what hurtful enjoyments , what weariness , what transports , what tremblings of fear and hope the spirit must struggle in its passage to heaven : none could ,
therefore , feel such compassion . No one else knew the issue of this struggle , or could , therefore , adequately rejoice in the destination of human nature . To the elements alone could he confide the expression of his emotions . He came forth alone ; for there was no one to join in his petitions , or to comprehend his thanksgivings . Jerusalem was rejoicing in the mirth of her multitudes when he wept over her . The multitudes were astonished , as they would have been if they could have known the serenity with which he looked on many forms of evil which to them seemed monstrous . Beneath the stars he had learned to see
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1831, page 75, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2594/page/3/