The character of Jesus – Adolph Saphir

The character of the Lord Jesus, as described by the evangelists, surpasses in depth, beauty, and comprehensiveness all that human thought and imagination could ever reach. It unites perfectly and harmoniously elements which are blended nowhere else.

His innocence, purity, meekness, and gentleness co-exist with His burning zeal, unremitting vigour, uncompromising severity, and holy indignation.

His love of solitude and His sublime loneliness never prevent Him from entering into the wants and sorrows of men, or from descending to their ignorance, doubt, and weakness.

His teaching, so divine and yet so human, is perfectly lucid and clear, direct and convincing; in the simple intuition of His filial spirit He speaks the words of eternal life, in which all is truth, transparent, all-sided, eternal.

He is a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and yet He never produces the impression of austerity and moroseness. He rejoices in spirit; He changes water into wine at the marriage feast of Cana; He takes little children into His arms and blesses them; He defends the joy of His disciples because the Bridegroom was with them.

We feel in His presence, as in the presence of the Son of God, holy, solemn, peaceful; of one who possesses without measure the spirit of joy and gladness, of joy unspeakable and full of glory, of joy which the world cannot understand or take from Him, which even in the prospect of the bitter agony of the cross and the darkness of death is so strong and sure of itself, that He can comfort His disciples, and bequeath to them as His legacy, ‘that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.’

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