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THE TRANSFIGURED CHRIST But Peter and they that were with him were
heavy with sleep; and when they were awake, they saw his glory.
?Luke 9:32. THIS earth is a tragic spot in the universe of God. So
small a speck among the stellar hosts and yet the scene of so much
discord! In the midst of His eternal workings it has become supreme
in significance, for on it is to be realized the eternal purpose.
Here One appeared bearing the image of the Most High; here God
Himself became incarnate. Yet here has been enacted an awful
tragedy, even the loss by man of his birthright, the spoiling by
man of that to which all the divine actions had tended, the
commission by man of that which brought sorrow to the heart of God.
All creatures on earth seem to be happy in the pursuit of their
instincts. They have the desires of the animal, and if their
desires are fulfilled they are happy and content. But man is so
constituted that he cannot be satisfied by the gratification of
desire. Amid all his enjoyments he finds that unhappiness and
misery are his lot. His youth is gilded with fair dreams, but the
vision passes e'er manhood dawns. The quest of knowledge, fame and
power adds zest to every day, yet their acquisition brings
disappointment. The dawn of love seems the harbinger of endless
bliss yet pain and sacrifice lie at its very heart. The sweetest
songs he sings tell of human woe. Something is missing from his
experience, something which he believes to be his right, something
which in the beginning his forebears were permitted to enjoy. Each
man in his procession through the years is a repetition of the
tragic experience,?a struggle to look upon and hold communion with
the Spirit that is in the world, and failure because of defect in
himself. Sometimes the tragedy is deepe...
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