“The Captain of our salvation was made perfect through suffering.” And the great lesson He learned in this school of suffering was- obedience. And how could He learn obedience but under the growing burden of His people’s accumulated, concentrated sin and curse? Each step deepened His knowledge of what sin was- and this only could be as the sin was imputed. It was by suffering He was perfected in obedience, and His suffering commenced with the commencement of His life. It was not physical suffering alone by which our Lord was thus instructed. He suffered mentally, He suffered spiritually; and this school of suffering began from the moment that Herod sought His infant life, and virtually slew Him when He “slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under,” and terminated when He breathed these wondrous words- “It is finished!” Then it was our Lord began to learn what sin was, and what the suffering for sin. The more He came to learn the nature, the evil, the exceeding sinfulness of sin, the more must He have learned, not only the necessity of an expiation, but that He was the Expiator. And as He grew in stature, He grew in acquaintance with sin. Its monster form dilated before Him in gigantic proportions- the tornado of the curse grew thicker and darker- the wrath-cup became fuller and fuller as He advanced to meet the central horrors of the last, the latest hour of His passion.