testimony of Christians to their communion with God. Much more should we value the testimony of Christ. Only one who, first being divine, also knew that he was divine, could reveal heavenly things with the clearness and certainty that belong to the utterances of Jesus. In him we have something very different from the momentary flashes of insight which leave us in all the greater darkness.
Nash, Ethics and Revelation, 5 ? ?Self-respect is bottomed upon the ability to become what one desires to be; and, if the ability steadily falls short of the task, the springs of self-respect dry up; the motives of happy and heroic action wither. Science, art, generous civic life, and especially religion, come to man?s rescue,? ? showing him his true greatness and breadth of being in God. The State is the individuals larger self. Humanity, and even the universe, are parts of him. It is the duty of man to enable all men to be men. It is possible for men not only truthfully but also rationally to assert themselves, even in earthly affairs. Chatham to the Duke of Devonshire: ?My Lord, I believe I can save this country, and that no one else can.? Leonardo da Vinci, in his thirtieth year, to the Duke of Milan: ?I can carry through every kind of work in sculpture, in clay, marble, and bronze; also in painting I can execute everything that can be demanded, as well as any one whosoever.?
Horace: ?Exegi monumentum ere perennius.? Savage, Life beyond Death, 209 ? A famous old minister said once, when a young and zealous enthusiast tried to get him to talk, and failing, burst out with, ?Have you no religion at all?? ?None to speak of,? was the reply. When Jesus perceived a tendency in his disciples to self-glorification, he urged silence; but when he saw the tendency to introspection and inertness, he bade them proclaim what he had done for them ( <400804>Matthew 8:4; <410519> Mark 5:19). It is never right for the Christian to proclaim himself; but, if Christ had not proclaimed himself, the world could never have been saved. Rush Rhees, Life of Jesus of Nazareth, 235-237 ? ?In the teaching of Jesus, two topics have the leading place ? the Kingdom of God, and himself. He sought to be Lord, rather than Teacher only. Yet the Kingdom is not one of power, national and external, but one of fatherly love and of mutual brotherhood.?
Did Jesus do anything for effect, or as a mere example? Not so. His baptism had meaning for him as a consecration of himself to death for the sins of the world, and his washing of the disciples? feet was the fit beginning of the paschal supper and the symbol of his laying aside his heavenly glory to purify us for the marriage supper of the Lamb. Thomas
■ Kempis: ?Thou art none the holier because thou art praised, and none
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