The Moral Basis of Democracy: Sunday Morning Talks to Students and Graduates

By Arthur Twining Hadley | Go to book overview

THE MAN WHO WAS PREPARED
1913

An honorable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God.

IT was a joyous crowd that entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The fishermen and the laborers who had left all to follow the Master saw the triumph of their hopes at hand. The multitude were acclaiming Jesus as king; some because they eared for the loaves and the fishes, some because they wondered at the miracles he had wrought, some because they sought in him the leader that should free the people from the hated dominion of Rome. The chief priests and the Pharisees, who had hitherto opposed him, seemed powerless to resist the wave of public feeling. Already the disciples were parcelling out the promised rewards among themselves, and disputing who should sit next the royal throne.

But in the heart of Jesus himself there was no feeling of triumph. Too well he knew that the symbol of his kingdom was to be a crown of thorns. He knew the suffering that lay before him; and, what was perhaps harder to bear, he knew that he was

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