Mornings in the College Chapel—Short Addresses to Young Men on Personal Religion by Francis Greenwood Peabody (The Riverside Press, Cambridge Copyright, 1896)

Gap-filling Exercise

Luke xx. 19-38.


The Sunday of the week of Jesus was all triumph, the Monday was all neglect, the Tuesday was all controversy. He returns more from Bethany to the city, and he finds the opposition at its . At once he is set upon by two kinds of people and asked two of questions as to his mission and aim. One question was political, or as we now are saying sociological. What did he think taxation? What was his attitude the government? Was he encouraging revolt? Was he an anarchist or a socialist? The other question was theological. What did he think about the life? How would marriage be arranged in heaven? Was his theology orthodox? All this must have seemed to Jesus malicious enough, but I think that the deepest he had of such questions {152} must have been of their stupidity. How was it possible that after months of public teaching any one could suppose that such problems were in the line of his intention. Here he was, trying to bring life among his people,—the life of God to the of men,—and here were people still trying to find in him a political schemer or a metaphysical theologian.