The Divine Christ

Titus 2:13-14

Let me try to put before you what I conceive to be the true representation of the Christ of God. We say that He meets the whole world’s need—that He comes to it walking on the waves of its difficulties, sins and sorrow, and says: “I am the Bread of Life; take Me, appropriate Me, live by Me, and you will live forever. I am the Christ, the Savior of the world.” This is the Deliverer, whom philosophers have longed for, and which all the world, more or less, groped after as some dim figure.

The Christ of God is divine. We see at the outset that man needed some being outside of himself, above him, and yet able to understand him in his guilt and helplessness, able to inspire him with a new life, to impart light, love, strength and to do this always and everywhere, in every hour of temptation and danger. Humanity needed an exhibition of God, not merely to be told about him, but to see him. God’s expedient for showing this to man was to come in the flesh. Truly, no man as he is by nature can see God and live. He promised a Savior who should reveal Him in all the holiness and benevolence of His character and in His plenitude of power to save!

Christ is the nearest to the divine of anything we can conceive. And this perfect being claimed to be divine, and He claimed it unmistakably and persistently. His divinity is the central fact around which all His doctrines and teachings revolve. Then, if He were so near an approach to perfection, as even unbelievers admit, how was it that He allowed such an impression of His teachings to go abroad, if He were not divine? How could He say, “If you believe not that I am He you shall die in your sins” (John 8:24 KJV), if He had not known Himself to be the Christ of God?

Take this mystery out of Christianity, and the whole system utterly collapses. Without a divine Christ it sinks into a mere system of philosophy and becomes powerless.

As He came walking over the sea of Galilee to the men of His day, He comes now to you, walking over the storm raised by your appetites, your passions and sins. He offers to pronounce, “Peace, be still” (Mark 4:39 KJV) and end this tempest of your soul forever. Will you let Him?

Because of His vicarious sacrifice, God waits to pardon your guilt, transform your character, beautify and utilize your life. Let this divine Christ reign over you as sovereign of your heart and life.

Catherine Booth, Popular Christianity

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