The more the utterances of Christ Jesus are studied the...

Cedar Falls (la.) Record.

The more the utterances of Christ Jesus are studied the more forcible becomes the fact that he was the world's greatest orator. He drew such crowds as could no other man of his time, used faultless diction, and clinched his arguments with parables and similes with a force and precision that find no counterpart in literature today. His address to the "multitude" was irresistible, and the force of his utterances has stood the test of time and the assaults of unfriendly criticism until today he stands out in history as the world's greatest public speaker as well as the world's redeemer.

If that wonderful "Sermon on the Mount" could have been reported in full, as would have been the case if delivered in these days of shorthand reporters and daily press facilities, it would doubtless be found to contain in eloquent diction a thousand notable utterances that were lost to the generations that followed because of the inadequacy of the reports that were inscribed by the sacred historian. The Bible contains but a smattering of what Jesus said and did. John reminds us that the world would not be able to contain all the books that would be necessary to hold all his utterances and teachings. Of course this was a figure of speech, but it confirms the statement that the world lost all reference to many notable addresses.

Whatever may be thought of his divine attributes by the skeptics and unbelievers, it must be admitted by all that Christ Jesus is the greatest character of all the centuries, and at no time in the world's history has there been so nearly a universal belief in his divinity as now. His spirit dominates the edict of kings, his precepts are the groundwork of judicial decrees, his teachings are the basis of all moral law, and his dominion is from the ends of the earth. Men may cavil and dispute over alleged discrepancies in accounts given of him in the Gospels, but the influence of his life and the claims of his divine mission are the potent factors that dominate the world today, and none but divinity could exert such power.

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