SER. II.] PEACE IN CHRIST.
Israel appears then to have been the
height of their ambition. And they had
entertained the hope that the great
object of his advent into this world was
to effect this desired end. But to their
great surprise, he expatiates upon his
death, resurrection and ascension to
heaven, and the glorious results that
would flow therefrom. In the precious
words that fell from his lips his God-like
benevolence shone forth conspicuously.
He knew very well the severe trials and
difficulties to which his disciples would be
exposed after his departure from them.
He knew that neither the temporal pros¬
perity and glory of Israel, or any thing
else in this world was calculated to afford
solid peace to the soul. But he would
not leave them comfortless. . Hence in
infinite love and compassion he assures
them that peace could be found no where
else but in him. " These things I have
spoken unto you that in me ye might have