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Writings by George Burgess (1829-1905)

THE DEATH OF JESUS

The Jews put Jesus to death because they believed he was teaching blasphemy – or error – exactly as all other religious zealots have put their martyrs to death.

Jesus – in view of this death – which it was clearly seen the Jews would accomplish, acted exactly according to human nature everywhere, and repeatedly prayed to be delivered from it. But finally met it without a murmur.

Crucifixion – and burning alive – the sacrifice of some later martyrs are probably about equal for causing the very extreme of anguish. The actual death, by crucifixion of the martyrs, and Jesus, caused them all about equal agony – allowing for temperaments – there could be no difference; for the physical life of each ended by the operation of the same physical and organic laws and processes.

The words of Jesus on the Cross “My God – My God, why hart thou forsaken me” should not be taken to signify doubt – but a cry from the agony of the moment – and there may have been hidden within it, a regret that so short a time only was allowed him to “work the works of Him that sent me”. But his end was right at hand. He had finished his course.

Therefore he said, “It is finished” – “Father, into thy hands I command my spirit” – and “Gave up the ghost”. It was a startling death! To crucify an evil man is dreadful; to crucify a good man is awful. The death of an ordinary man is soon forgotten. The remembrance, and powerful influences arising from the death of Jesus are natural fruits of his wondrous life. His Death can never be forgotten.

George Burgess – February 1899

MENU - Religious Thoughts by George Burgess
January 1899 REWARDS & PUNISHMENT
February 1899 JESUS
February 1899 THE DEATH OF JESUS
February 1899 DID JESUS DIE INSTEAD OF MANKIND?
March 1899 SACREFICE
April 1899 A FUTURE LIFE
April 1899 THE CONDITIONS OF THE FUTURE LIFE
May 1899 SHALL WE HAVE FOODS IN THE SPIRIT-WORLD?
June 1899 CONVICTION
June 1899 REPENTANCE
June 1899 FORGIVENESS
June 1899 DURATION OF PUNISHMENT
June 1899 THE DURATION OF GOOD REWARDS
June 1899 SOME THINGS I BELIEVE
July 1899 UNIVERSAL SALVATION
July 1899 GOD
July 1899 SIN
August 1899 BODILY - LIFE & DEATH
August 1899 CONVERSION
August 1899 PRAYER TO GOD
  WHAT PRAYER CANNOT DO
  WHAT PRAYER CAN DO
  PRAYER IS REASONABLE
  PERSONAL PRAYER
  PRAYER THAT CANNOT PREVAIL
  PREVAILING PRAYER
March 1900 HAPPINESS
June 1900 THE PARENTAGE OF JESUS
January 1901 MIRACLES
February 1901 RESURRECTION