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Jesus Christ's Consciousness of Himself

Jesus Christ's Consciousness of Himself

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We want to look at Jesus as he saw
himself, and, therefore, approach him not
as curious onlookers but as sympathetic
friends. In the measure that it is possible
we will surrender ourselves to him, and,
ignoring preconceived ideas and traditional
views, let him speak of himself.
We want to look at Jesus as he saw
himself, and, therefore, approach him not
as curious onlookers but as sympathetic
friends. In the measure that it is possible
we will surrender ourselves to him, and,
ignoring preconceived ideas and traditional
views, let him speak of himself.

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JESUS CHRIST'S COSCIOUSESS OF HIMSELF
BY CALVI WEISS LAUFER We want to look at Jesus as he sawhimself, and, therefore, approach him notas curious onlookers but as sympatheticfriends. In the measure that it is possiblewe will surrender ourselves to him, and,ignoring preconceived ideas and traditionalviews, let him speak of himself. As hesaw himself so would we see him; as heknew himself so would we know him. Ashe was conscious of himself so would webe conscious of him. It is one thing tospeak or write about a person, and it isquite another matter to let him do ithimself. We know people outwardly; theyknow themselves inwardly, and are bestprepared to lay bare the emotions, ideas,purposes, and aspirations of their life. Itis one thing for us to throw Christ on ascreen; it is quite another matter to havehim do it himself. What we say may or4546 THE ICOMPARABLE CHRISTmay not be important; but his words abouthimself should he final. He is his own bestinterpreter and biographer.
 
For several reasons this will be ourattitude. In the first place, we are per-sons who have a vital interest in life andare trying to find ourselves. In a sensewe are navigators sailing on a strange seaand are, therefore, unfamiliar with itsdepths and coastline. Every little whilewe lift our telescopes to scan the horizonand drop our lines to sound the deeps.What we are and whither we are goingare matters of grave concern. Thereforewe are studying ourselves and sounding na-ture, wondering at the mystery of life andthe versatility of the intellect, marvelingat the fertility of the heart and nobilityof the will. We believe that we have aconnection with some One greater andbetter than man, to whose mysterious full-ness must be attributed what life we haveand enjoy. There are moments when weknow thought and feeling to be underthe influence of Infinite Reality. "Weare," as Sir Oliver Lodge intimates, "con-nected with another scheme of things, withCHRIST'S COSCIOUSESS 47something whose full significance lies else-where but which touches and interactswith this material universe in a certainway, building its particles into notableconfigurations for a time, without con-founding any physical laws, and then evap-
 
orating whence it came." We believe wetouch God and are transfused by him,and turn to Jesus Christ because he hadperfect knowledge of himself, man, andthe Creator.In the second place, we want to getJesus 's measurements, because of the con-fidence that knowledge of him inspires inthe soul. As the supreme type of humanity,it will stimulate us to see the possibilityof our own nature as it is revealed in him.In him we will see ourselves in the lightof the highest possibilities of the soul.We will see ourselves in the light of ourdivine destiny.In the contemplation of Jesus, one thingdeeply impresses us: he knew himself tobe in vital connection with God. *'I live,"said he, "by the Father." "The worksthat I do, I do not of myself, the Fatherdoeth the works." "The Father loveth48 THE ICOMPARABLE CHRISTthe Son, and sheweth him all things thathimself doeth." *'I seek not my own will,but the will of the Father which sent me.""As the Father knoweth me, even so knowI the Father." "I and my Father areone." In the great hour of exigency whenhe stood by the grave of his friend Lazarus,

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