Monday, September 17, 2018

Jones: the character of the Redeemer

Monday, September 17, 2018
    Feast of St. Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179
    The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture:
    “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
        and as a lamb before the shearer is silent,
        so he did not open his mouth.
    In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
        Who can speak of his descendants?
        For his life was taken from the earth.”
    The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
    —Acts 8:32-35 (NIV)
    Some have said that the power of a Redeemer would depend upon two things: first, upon the richness of the self that was given; and second, upon the depths of the giving. Friend and foe alike are agreed on the question of the character of Jesus Christ... Whatever our creed, we stand with admiration before the sublime character of Jesus. Character is supreme in life, and hence Jesus stood supreme in the supreme thing—so supreme that, when we think of the ideal, we do not add virtue to virtue, but think of Jesus Christ, so that the standard of human life is no longer a code, but a character.
    ... E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973), Now and Then
    See also Acts 8:32-35; Ps. 69:4; Isa. 52:13-53:12; Matt. 27:12-14; Luke 17:12-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have demonstrated the Gospel.
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