[Rev. Leonhard Rogaz in The Universalist Leader.]

There lives in the world's heart a stronger hope than it has ever felt since the early days of Christianity,—the hope for a transformation of its whole being that shall make for righteousness and joy. But this brings it at once to Jesus. It learns with astonishment that he is the appointed guide for all this seeking and yearning. For what was his aim but this kingdom of God and man, which is to give unity for disruption, solidarity for the strife of all against all, service for the rule of might, and thus to set up a new order of things through light and life from the Father? It often seems to me that we are only beginning to understand Jesus. Far from having been overtaken and left behind, he stands far ahead of us and high above us. It is only by going forward that we can learn to understand him. The God-man of dogma has disappeared. But that which has taken his place seems to us greater, the divine man,—that one compact miracle of this life beside which all dogmatic miracles fade into nothingness,—his freedom and boldness, his trust, his love, his childlike simplicity united with inflexible heroism, his parables, his Sermon on the Mount, his cross, and (grandest of all) the voice which calls to us from all these miracles does not cry "Believe on me," but "Follow me."

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