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The Loveliness of Christ

The Loveliness of Christ

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By C. I. Scofield, D. D.

"Yea, he is altogether lovely." — Song of Solomon 5:16
By C. I. Scofield, D. D.

"Yea, he is altogether lovely." — Song of Solomon 5:16

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THE LOVELIESS OF CHRISTBy C. I. Scofield, D. D."Yea, he is altogether lovely." — Song of Solomon 5:16JESUS CHRIST is the only being of whom, with-out gross flattery, it could be asserted, "He isaltogether lovely." All other greatness has beenmarred by littleness, all other wisdom has been flawedby folly, all other goodness has been tainted by im-perfection.It seems to me, this loveliness of Christ consistsfirst of all in His perfect humanity. Understand me,I do not now mean that He was a perfect human, butthat He was perfectly human. In everything butour sins, and our evil natures, he is one with us. Hegrew in stature, and in grace. He labored, and wept,and prayed, and loved. He was tempted in all pointsas we are — sin apart. With Thomas, we confesshim Lord and God ; we adore and revere Him. But,beloved, there is no other who establishes with ussuch intimacy, who comes so close to these humanhearts of ours; no one in the universe of whom weare so little afraid. He enters as simply and natu-rally into our twentieth century lives as if He hadbeen reared in the same street. He is not one of the3"312 I MAY PULPITSancients. How wholesomely and genuinely humanHe is. Martha scolds Him ; John, who has seen Himraise the dead, still the tempest and talk with Moses
and Elijah on the Mount, does not hesitate to makea pillow of His breast at supper. Peter will not letHim wash his feet, but afterwards wants His headand hands included in the ablution. They ask Himfoolish questions, and rebuke Him, and venerate andadore Him all in a breath; and He calls them by theirfirst name, and tells them to fear not, and assuresthem of His love. In all this He seems to me alto-gether lovely. His perfection does not glitter, itglows. The saintliness of Jesus is so warm andhuman it attracts and inspires. We find in it nothingaustere and inaccessible, like a statue in a niche.The beauty of His holiness reminds one rather of arose, or a bank of violets.O, my readers, I protest with all my mind againstthe cold abstraction which mysticism and theologyhave made and labeled "Jesus." The real Jesus — He of azareth and of the glory — is so perfectlyholy that He does not need to insist upon it. Ourlittle righteousnesses are so puny that they must beobtruded, and coddled, and accentuated by Pharisai-cal drawings away of the skirts, and the setting up of little standards of differences between sinner andsinner. Jesus receives sinners and eats with them — all kinds of sinners. icodemus, the moral, religioussinner, and Mary of Magdala,"out of whom went seven devils" — Luke 8:2WITH DR. C. I. SCOFIELD 313the shocking kind of sinner. He comes into sinfullives as a bright, clear stream enters a stagnant pool.The stream is not afraid of contamination, but itssweet energy cleanses the pool.I remark again, and as connected with this, that
His sympathy is altogether lovely. He is alwaysbeing"moved with compassion." — Matthew g:$6The multitude without a shepherd, the sorrowingwidow of ain, the little dead child of the ruler, thedemoniac of Gadara, the hungry five thousand — whatever suffers touches Jesus. His very wrathagainst the scribes and Pharisees is but the excess of His sympathy for those who suffer under their hardself-righteousness.Did you ever find Jesus looking for "deservingpoor?" He"healed all that were sick." — Matthew 8:16And what grace in His sympathy ! Why did He touchthat poor leper? He could have healed him with aword as He did the nobleman's son. Why, for yearsthe wretch had been an outcast, cut off from kin, de-humanized. He had lost the sense of being a man.It was defilement to approach him. Well, the touchof Jesus made him human again. A Christian woman,laboring among the moral lepers of London, found apoor street girl desperately ill in a bare, cold room.With her own hands she ministered to her, changingher bed linen, procuring medicines, nourishing food,314I MAY PULPITS

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