years Paul was to ask for a sharing of His Lord's sufferings that his comprehension of His Soul might be the fuller! Here, however, was the seed that later was to bear such rich fruit in a long line of men who 'knew' the Lord.
Even in the Old Testament to 'know' the Lord meant to have one's life filled with the deepest emotions and the strangest experiences. Let Elijah, Jonah, Caleb or Jeremiah tell of what it meant to them to have known the Lord! Let Christ speak of His joy in finding those who could bear to share that holy burden and that great sorrow which brought the Spirit of God to groanings that cannot be uttered. No sooner did the Son of God find a friend than He would send him forth to be a faithful messenger who should bring rest to His godly soul. His eyes ranged continually over the world looking for such men: Paul in his sorrowful statement that he had no one like-minded to send to the Philippians is but echoing the words of the Lord in Isaiah 6: 'Whom shall I send? Who will go?' How difficult for God to send forth His loved servants to sorrow, rejection, suffering and death, to put into their mouths words that they could only speak at peril of their lives. It was not only the sacrifice of dumb animals day by day that reminded the Son of God of His own coming death: it was the sufferings of His human friends that kept ever fresh in His mind the fact that His own time to enter the arena was soon to come. Indeed, from time to time an instalment of His adventures to come was sent down to be put amongst the Scriptures that later were to be His guide and stay. The warnings to Jeremiah and Ezekiel of the sort of people to whom they were to minister struck to the heart of Him who later was to face the same people and suffer a worse fate. He was one of the watchers of Daniel Chapter 4. How profound His interest in the heroic exploits of His friends. Amongst all the Heavenly spectators of the human drama none was so absorbed as the Son of God Himself, who was soon to tread