Sunday, April 18, 2010
The Moral Glory of Jesus Christ
This week's installment from "The Fundamentals"
by Rev. Wm. G. Moorehead
Xenia Theological Seminary, Xenia, Ohio
The sinlessness of the Saviour witnesses to His moral glory. The Gospels present us with one solitary and unique fact of human history -- an absolutely sinless Man! In His birth immaculate, in His childhood, youth and manhood, in public and private, in death and in life, He was faultless. Hear some witnesses. There is the testimony of His enemies. For three long years the Pharisees were watching their victim. As another writes, "There was the Pharisee mingling in every crowd, hiding behind every tree. They examined His disciples, they cross-questioned all around Him. They looked into His ministerial life, into His domestic privacy, into his hours of retirement. They came forward with the sole accusation they could muster -- that He had been disrespectful to Caesar. The Roman judge who ought to know, pronounced it "void."
There was another spy — Judas. Had there been one failure in the Redeemer's career, in his awful agony Judas would have remembered it for his comfort; but the bitterness of his despair, that which made his life intolerable, was, "I have betrayed innocent blood."
There is the testimony of His friends. His disciples affirm that during their (relationship) with Him His life was unsullied. Had there been a single blemish they would have detected it, and, honest historians as they were, they would have recorded it just as they did their own shortcomings and blunders. The purest and most austere man that lived in that day, John the Baptist, shrank from baptizing the Holy One, and in conscious unworthiness he said, "I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me?" Nor is His own testimony to be overlooked. Jesus never once confesses sin. He never once asks for pardon. Yet is it not He who so sharply rebukes the self-righteousness of the Pharisees.
In the annals of our race there is none next to or like Him.