Rejected and Despised
Christ is here in contrast with the rich, the learned,
the religious and the irreligious of our day--"Christendom." The
Holy Spirit gives "the spirit of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7.)
To sacrifice present interests for eternal ones is wise. Is it any wonder
that artists represent the world as wealth-mad, glory-mad, pleasure-mad?
The Christian Herald of a somewhat similar picture,
says: "This allegory--which a critic has aptly called 'A Painter's
Sermon'--is applicable to conditions in every part of the civilized world.
It is a picture to study and to ponder over, that the full import of its
teaching may be understood."
The Christian Commonwealth of the same, said: "On
either side passes the heedless crowd. A prominent figure is a priest,
proudly conscious of the perfection of the ritual with which he is
starving a higher life. Over the shoulder of the priest looks a
stern-faced divine of very different type, and, Bible in hand, he turns to
look at the Divine figure. The startled look on the face of a hospital
nurse in the foreground is very realistic. So absorbed is the man of
science with his test-tube that he never glances at the Christ at his
side. One of the most striking features is that of a false beauty,
hurrying from one scene of pleasure to another. In the background stands
an angel with bowed head, holding the cup which the world He loved to the
death is still compelling the Christ to drink."
The passers-by represent the non-elect, whose only hope
lies in the Kingdom of Messiah. The Elect in this picture are represented
in the person of the suffering Savior--members of the Body of Christ, the
Church. "He that despiseth you despiseth Me." These faithful
members of the Body of Christ are not confined to one denomination, but
constitute the saintly ones of every church and outside of every human
system. They are the "Wise Virgin" class, being fitted by
ignominy for the Heavenly Kingdom, and its great work of blessing
"I Stand at the Door"