Excerpt from Witness for Jesus: A Sermon Preached in Substance at St. Paul's Cathedral, at the Special Evening Service, on the Third Sunday After Easter, April 17, 1864
Jesus Christ our Lord defies this rule of human judgments, and the conscience of mankind justifies Him in defying it. He who could say to the men of His generation, Which of you convinceth: Me of sin? He who could dare to utter the tremendous words, I and the Father are One, could truly feel that it was im possible for Him to eclipse a higher greatness by drawing atten tion to Himself. His words were His own, His works were His own; as God He was the author and giver of the gifts which He received as man; and therefore He thought it not robbery to draw the eyes of men away from the miracles and words which ﬂashed forth from Him, away from the sights and sounds which heralded a mighty presence, to Himself, the Worker, the Speaker, Who gave their greatness to the words which He spake, and to the works which He wrought. My brethren, the words of Jesus, which challenge witness, - attention, homage, reverence, love, to His personal Self, are only not intolerable because nothing less would have been adequate or true.
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