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It is the grandeur of Christ's character which constitutes the chief power of His ministry, not His miracles or teachings apart from His character. The greatest triumph of the Gospel is Christ Himself--a human body become the organ of the Divine nature, and revealing, under the conditions of an earthly life, the glory of God.
      - Horace Bushnell

When has the world seen a phenomenon like this?--a lonely uninstructed youth, coming from amid the moral darkness of Galilee, even more distinct from His age, and from every thing around him, than a Plato would be rising up in some wild tribe in Oregon, assuming thus a position at the head of the world and maintaining it, for eighteen centuries, by the pure self-evidence of His life and doctrine.
      - Horace Bushnell

He walked into Judaea eighteen hundred years ago; His sphere melody, flowing in wild native tones, took captive the ravished souls of men, and, being of a truth sphere melody, still flows and sounds, though now with thousandfold accompaniments and rich symphonies, through all our hearts, and modulates and divinely leads them.
      - Thomas Carlyle

No other fame can be compared with that of Jesus. He has a place in the human heart that no one who ever lived has in any measure rivaled. No name is pronounced with a tone of such love and veneration. All other laurels wither before His. His are ever kept fresh with tears of gratitude.
      - William Ellery Channing

Other sages have spoken to me of God. But from whom could I have learned the essence of divine perfection as from Him, who was in a peculiar sense the Son, representative, and image of God--who was especially an incarnation of the unbounded love of the Father? And from what other teacher could I have learned to approach the Supreme Being with that filial spirit, which forms the happiness of my fellowship with Him? From other seers I might have heard of heaven; but when I behold in Jesus the spirit of heaven, dwelling actually on earth, what a new comprehension have I of that better world!
      - William Ellery Channing

The miracles of Christ were studiously performed in the most unostentatious way. He seemed anxious to veil His majesty under the love with which they were wrought.
      - William Ellery Channing

The sages and heroes of history are receding from us, and history contracts the record of their deeds into a narrower and narrower page. But time has no power over the name and deeds and words of Jesus Christ.
      - William Ellery Channing

Lovely was the death
  Of Him whose life was Love! Holy with power,
    He on the thought-benighted Skeptic beamed
      Manifest Godhead.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Religious Musings
         (l. 29)

The incarnation of God is a necessity of human nature. If we reap and truly have a Father, we must be able to clasp His feet in our penitence, and to lean on His breast in our weary sorrowfulness.
      - Charles Force Deems

The best of men that ever wore earth about Him was a sufferer, a soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit; the first true gentleman that ever breathed.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker)

All the virtues which appeared in Christ shone brightest in the close of His life, under the trials He then met. Eminent virture always shows brightest in the fire. Pure gold shows its purity chiefly in the furnace. It was chiefly under those trials which Christ endured in the close of His life that His love to God, His honor of God's majesty, His regard to the honor of His law, His spirit of obedience, His humility, contempt of the world, His patience, meekness, and spirit of forgiveness towards men, appeared. Indeed, everything that Christ did to work out redemption for us appears mainly in the close of His life. Here mainly is His satisfaction for sin, and here chiefly is His merit of eternal life for sinners, and here chiefly appears the brightness of His example which He has set us for imitation.
      - Jonathan Edwards

A pagan heart, a Christian soul had he.
  He followed Christ, yet for dead Pan he sighed,
    As if Theocritus in Sicily
      Had come upon the Figure crucified,
        And lost his gods in deep, Christ-given rest.
      - Maurice Francis Egan, Maurice de Guerin

Jesus Christ was born in a stable; He was obliged to fly into Egypt; thirty years of His life were spent in a workshop; He suffered hunger, thirst, and weariness; He was poor, despised, and miserable; He taught the doctrines of heaven, and no one would listen. The great and the wise persecuted and took Him, subjected Him to frightful torments, treated Him as a slave, and put Him to death between two malefactors, having preferred to give liberty to a robber, rather than to suffer Him to escape. Such was the life which our Lord chose; while we are horrified at any kind of humiliation, and cannot bear the slightest appearance of contempt.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and His religion, as He left them to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see.
      - Benjamin Franklin

He came, bringing with Him the knowledge that God is a Being of infinite goodness; that the service required of mankind is not a service of form or ceremony, but a service of obedience.
      - James Anthony Froude

Poor shepherdless sheep! It was his delight, as the Good Shepherd, to lead them to rich pastures; and as they sat and stood around Him they forgot their bodily wants in the beauty and power of His words.
      - John Cunningham Geikie

Fra Lippo, we have learned from thee
  A lesson of humanity:
    To every mother's heart forlorn,
      In every house the Christ is born.
      - Richard Watson Gilder,
        A Madonna of Fra Lippo Lippi

Every pang that rends the heart.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Captivity

The sacrifice of Christ has rendered it just for Him to forgive sin; and whenever we are led to repent of and to forsake it, even the righteousness of God is declared in the pardon of it.
      - Robert Hall

Whatever Jesus is, the glorious Godhead is; and to have fellowship with the Son is to have fellowship with the Father. To know the love of Christ is to be filled with all the fullness of God.
      - James Hamilton

In darkness there is no choice. It is light that enables us to see the difference between things; and it is Christ that gives us light.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare, Guesses at Truth

Who did leave His Father's throne,
  To assume thy flesh and bone?
    Had He life, or had He none?
      If he had not liv'd for thee,
        Thou hadst died most wretchedly
          And two deaths had been thy fee.
      - George Herbert, The Church--Business

Jesus Christ is, in the noblest and most perfect sense, the realized ideal of humanity.
      - Johann Gottfried von Herder

As human voice and instrument blend in one harmony, as human soul and body blend in each act of feeling, thought, or speech, so, as far as we can know, divinity and humanity act together in the thought and heart and act of the one Christ.
      - Archibald Alexander Hodge

Certainly, no revolution that has ever taken place in society can be compared to that which has been produced by the words of Jesus Christ.
      - Mark Hopkins

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