CONDITIONS OF THE CROWD EXAMINED
Let us now look at these crowds in another way. We will attempt an analysis of the multitude, not so much with reference to the persons as to the conditions represented at the Cross, illustrating the fact by an examination of the people.
SORROW was absolutely represented by the presence of the women; WORLDLY GOVERNMENT by the centurion, the soldiers, and the malefactors; RELIGIOUS FAILURE by the chief priests and the Sanhedrim. The GREAT SHEPHERD LESS CROWD over which Christ had so often mourned, and in the presence of which His heart had ever been moved with compassion, was largely represented in the great multitude of which Luke speaks. Familiarity with Jesus had its representation in the presence before the Cross of HIS FAMILY AND ACQUAINTANCES. DISCIPLESHIP was there, in the person of His own, and particularly of John.