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Humble Hero, Page 21

in Him the Redeemer of the world. But many years must pass before even the mother of Jesus would understand.

Mary did not see the baptism of suffering needed to bring about the Messiah’s reign on David’s throne. In Simeon’s words to Mary, “A sword will pierce through your own soul also,” God in tender mercy gave the mother of Jesus a hint of the anguish that she had already begun to bear for His sake.

“Behold,” Simeon had said, “this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel.” Whoever would rise again must first fall. We must fall upon the Rock and be broken before Christ can lift us up. Self must be dethroned. The Jews would not accept the honor that comes through humiliation. This is the reason they would not receive their Redeemer.

“That the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” The hearts of all, from the Creator to the prince of darkness, are revealed in the light of the Savior’s life. Satan has represented God as selfish. But the gift of Christ testifies that while God’s hatred of sin is as strong as death, His love for the sinner is stronger than death. Having set out to redeem us, God will not withhold anything necessary for completing His work. Having collected the riches of the universe, He gives them all into the hands of Christ and says, Use these gifts to convince the human race that there is no love greater than Mine. They will find their greatest happiness in loving Me.

How Everyone Will Judge Himself

At the cross of Calvary, love and selfishness stood face to face. Christ had lived only to comfort and bless, and by putting Him to death, Satan showed his hatred against God. The real purpose of his rebellion was to dethrone God and to destroy Jesus, through whom God was showing His love.

The life and death of Christ also reveal the thoughts of men and women. Jesus’ life called everyone to selfsurrender and to fellowship in suffering. All who were listening to the Holy Spirit were drawn to Him. Those who worshiped self belonged to Satan’s kingdom. I n t heir a ttitude t oward Christ, all would show on which side they stood. In this way, everyone passes judgment on himself.

In the day of final judgment, the Cross will be presented, and every mind will understand its real significance. Sinners will stand condemned before the vision of Calvary with its mysterious Victim. All will see what their choice has been. Every question in the controversy will have been made plain. God will stand clear of blame for the existence or continuance of evil. It will be proven that there was no defect in God’s government, no cause for dissatisfaction. Both the loyal and the rebellious will declare,

“Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints! ...
Your judgments have been manifested.”

Revelation 15:3, 4

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