Friday, July 17, 2009

Scottish Theologian James Stewart on Jesus


He was the meekest and lowliest of all the sons of men, yet he spoke of coming on the clouds of heaven with the glory of God. He was so austere that evil spirits and demons cried out in terror at his coming, yet he was so genial and winsome and approachable that the children loved to play with him, and the little ones nestled in his arms. His presence at the innocent gaiety of a village wedding was like the presence of sunshine.

No one was half so compassionate to sinners, yet no one ever spoke such red hot scorching words about sin. A bruised reed he would not break, his whole life was love, yet on one occasion he demanded of the Pharisees how they ever expected to escape the damnation of hell. He was a dreamer of dreams and a seer of visions, yet for sheer stark realism He has all of our stark realists soundly beaten. He was a servant of all, washing the disciples feet, yet masterfully He strode into the temple, and the hucksters and moneychangers fell over one another to get away from the mad rush and the fire they saw blazing in His eyes.

He saved others, yet at the last Himself He did not save. There is nothing in history like the union of contrasts which confronts us in the gospels. The mystery of Jesus is the mystery of divine personality.

James Stewart, Scottish theologian

Excerpt originally found here.

5 comments:

Scumdog said...

Hey Chad,

I actually got to use a point from your sermon today no more than a few hours afterward. I guy I was talking to told me that "there is no such thing as truth." I asked him if that was a true statement and he was very taken aback. No conversion but it definitely planted a seed.

Chad said...

Scumdog,

Praise the Lord! I'm so glad that you found the content useful.

When people are challenged on statements such as the one you mentioned, it really leaves them with something to think about, just like Jesus did!

Awesome stuff; thank you for taking the time to share this with me.

Godspeed

The Jackal said...

HI Chad,

Your response was great but the 2 words, "scum dog" you wrote I am assuming you were referring to the person who said "there was no such thing as truth". I am certain that he deserved a good response to help him think more clearly in the light of the Holy Spirit. It does not make him a "slum dog". remember that a deabte can remove doubts, but it is only our Love in Christ by the power of HIS Spirit which can change hearts.

Thanks for listening and God Bless

Newton

Chad said...

Hello Jackal,

Thank you for taking the time to comment. When I wrote "scum dog" above, I was writing back to the person who referred to himself as "scum dog." I was not insulting anyone but simply using the persons screen name. I hope this clears up any misunderstanding.

Thank you

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