And how gently He bore His sufferings! We remember the impressive silence which He maintained before the furious and malignant storm of accusation at the bar of Pilate. We remember how, amidst a series of insults and torture which makes us shudder to read of, when the thorns were crushed into His brow, and the faded scarlet thrown round Him, and the reed put into His hand and then wrested from Him and used to strike Him again and again, not one word of reproach, or protest, or anger, escaped His lips. We remember “what a grace He had, even in His dying hour”; how He prayed when the nails were driven through His hands, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”; how He opened Paradise to the penitent thief at His side; how He died with no word of bitterness upon His lips. And therein, as in all His life, we behold His exceeding gentleness.
In this work by Sir W. Robertson Nicoll’s he gives seven different expositional views of how Jesus is represented as the Lamb of God. The figure of the Lamb holds a prominent place in the fourth gospel and also rules the Apocalypse. The author emphasizes that the slain Lamb, the word used signifying sacrifice, is a concept that naturally aligns itself with that contained in the nineteenth chapter of the fourth gospel, where stress is laid on the fact that blood flowed from Jesus at His death.
Nicoll was a prolific editor of expository works and left behind a literary legacy that has placed all preachers in his debt. This scholar is rightly remembered for such works as The Expositor’s Bible, The Expositor’s Dictionary of Texts, The Sermon Bible, and the Expositor’s Greek Testament, all of which he edited.