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highest terms he said it had but two principles, “The Monroe Doctrine and the Golden Rule." In so far as nations have learned anything of brotherhood and peace, they have gone to school to Jesus. In the midst of the present world darkness Bernard Shaw, speaking as a worldly-wise man says, “ Why not give Christianity a trial?” Jesus is the only hope of the world politically.

Was not Washington Gladden pointing to the mighty mentality of Jesus, when in giving the William B. Noble lectures at Harvard, he showed the secret power of Dante, the poet; Michelangelo, the artist; Fichte, the philosopher; Victor Hugo, the man of letters; Richard Wagner, the musician; Ruskin, the preacher—and found that the secret power of each of these varied sons of genius was the spirit that was in Jesus Christ.

Surely, of all earth's intellectual giants, none casts a radiance half so far as does the mentality of the sun of righteousness.


Often earth's brainiest thinkers have been sadly defective in character and in conduct. How sweetly Burns could sing, but how despicably low he could sink. England never gave to the world one who could portray more beautiful visions than Byron. But his biographer says of him, “ The sense of moral accountability Byron seems never to have had, in regard to anybody or anything, his self-indulgence culminating in an egotism melancholy to behold.

He would go where he pleased, say what he pleased, write as he pleased, do what he pleased, without any constraint, whether in opposition or not to the customs and rules of society, his own welfare or the laws of God.”

If the splendid genius Goethe is Germany's glory, there is a spot even on the face of that bright sun. Goethe in his “Wilhelm Meister" could beautifully set on high the doctrine, "With renunciation begins the true life"; in his immortal “Faust” he could show how inevitably he that soweth to the wind shall reap the whirlwind, but how far renunciation and self-control were from the primrose path of his own life!

France seldom brought into the world and Geneva rarely nourished a more brilliant mind than that of Jean Jacques Rousseau, great leader in the intellectual development of the Socialistic and Revolutionary doctrines of a century and a half ago. Men would hail him as Saviour, but what a travesty on the name does the moral blackness of his sensuous life appear!

It was quite otherwise with Jesus. His character is altogether worthy of His mentality. His total unconsciousness of any sin or moral failure in Himself marks Him as unique. Neither Buddha, Confucius, or Mohammed ever made such astounding claim for themselves. “Which of you convicteth Me of sin ?"

None of His contemporaries, even His bitterest enemies, could besmirch His character. Having

heard their evidence and examined the accused, the judge could only say, “I find no fault in Him." Through the ages He stands pure as a sunbeam, white as a lily, spotless as the driven snow.

No wonder Lanier calls Him the crystal Christ. Having reviewed Æschylus, Shakespeare, Milton, and all Earth's great ones, in each he finds some fault, some failure, then he cries :

“But Thee, but Thee, O sovereign Seer of Time,
But Thee, O poets' Poet, Wisdom's Tongue,
But Thee,' O man's best Man, O love's best Love,
O perfect life in perfect labour writ,
O all men's Comrade, Servant, King, or Priest,
What if or yet, what mole, what flaw, what lapse,
What least defect or shadow of defect,
What rumour, tattled by an enemy,
Of inference loose, what lack of grace
Even in torture's grasp, or sleep's, or death's, -
Oh, what amiss may I forgive in Thee,
Jesus, good Paragon, thou Crystal Christ?"

But He had not only moral purpose, but moral courage. He endured even unto the uttermost for the sake of being true to His convictions. Because He was true, on a Cross they slew Him. Knowing that He was true with His dying breath he cried triumphantly, “ It is finished.”

“ It is finished.” If human ears could but catch heavenly harmonies doubtless would have been heard,

“But faint
As from beyond the limit of the world,
Like the last echo born of a great cry,
Sounds as if some fair city were one voice
Around a king returning from his wars."

SPIRITUAL PURPOSE In spiritual purpose He stands incomparable through the ages. Confucius had reverence for age and Gautama Buddha for suffering, but Jesus Christ was ever consumed with consciousness of God. This was the strength of His life. He said so. " My meat it is to do the Father's will." His definition of life showed it: “ This is life, to know God and Jesus Christ.” God is a spirit and they that worship must worship in spirit and in truth.”

This spiritual capacity He exemplified in very practical living “When the golden evening gathered on the shore of Galilee, When the fishing boats lay quiet by the sea, Long ago the people wondered, tho' no sign was in the sky, For the glory of the Lord was passing by.

Not in robes of purple splendour, not in silken softness

shod, But in raiment worn with travel came their God, And the people knew His presence by the heart that ceased

to sigh When the glory of the Lord was passing by.

For He healed their sick at even, and He cured the leper's

sore, And sinful men and women sinned no more, And the world grew mirthful hearted, and forgot its

misery When the glory of the Lord was passing by.

Not in robes of purple splendour, but in lives that do His

will, In patient acts of kindness He comes still ; And the people cry with wonder, tho' no sign is in the sky, That the glory of the Lord is passing by.”

We cannot but acknowledge Him as the incomparable one in every realm, whether it be in mental life, moral purpose, or spiritual passion. If He is the matchless personality of all, how natural that the preëminent One should be made preëminent in all the things of life. Making Him preëminent in our hearts, how different would be our ambitions. Ah, the trouble is we think we love Him, but we love self better. If we really love Him we can say with Bernard of Clairvaux :

"Jesus Thou joy of loving hearts,

Thou life of life, Thou Light of men,
From the best bliss that earth imparts,

We turn unfilled to Thee again.”

Making Him preëminent in our thoughts what magnificent achievements might not be accomplished in spiritual things. How many present thoughts would be displaced! How we should grow until we become like the heavenly-minded Summerfield. We become what we think.

Making Him preëminent in our choices, how different would be the ordering of our lives. Then we would prefer real worth to display, helpfulness rather than self-ministering.

Making Him preëminent in the use of possessions would see what a recognition of stewardship. You can hear His voice even now: “He that loveth father or mother or son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me."

Making Him preëminent in national affairs and public conduct would banish “ the thousand wars

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