October 13

THE very God! think, Abib; dost thou think?
So, the All-Great, were the All-Loving too—
So, through the thunder comes a human voice
Saying, “O heart I made, a heart beats here!
Face, my hands fashioned, see it in myself!
Thou hast no power nor mayest conceive of mine,
But love I gave thee, with myself to love,
And thou must love me who have died for thee!”
Robert Browning

I SHOULD say that the greater the Redeemer, the stronger was the necessity of His veiling His greatness and of His appearing in the form of a man, and of the lowliest of men. Nothing was so needful, as that the Saviour of men should be comprehended in His Virtues and in His Precepts. And for this end, it was important that He should be divested of everything that might overpower the senses; and that men should be encouraged to approach Him nearly, to watch and read His mind in His countenance, tones, and movements, and to make Him the object of their deliberate scrutiny. To this end, I conceive, the miracles of Jesus were studiously performed in the most unostentatious way. He seemed anxious to veil His majesty under the love with which they were wrought. Stupendous works, which would have overwhelmed the human mind, would have prevented all comprehension of the true character of Jesus.
William E. Channing


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