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Twelve Great Questions About Christ (Part 5 of 12)
Was Christ the Son of God?
Clarence E. Macartney
All of Christianity, the length and the breadth and
the depth and the height of the redeeming love of God,
is gathered together in that one sentence of St. Paul,
as the whole glory of the sun is mirrored in a drop of
dew. "The Son of God who loved me and gave himself for
me." The two great needs of our fallen and lost
humanity are love and forgiveness. Man needs
tenderness and pity, but he also needs cleansing from
sin. The heart of mankind yearns for love, yet the
world cannot give it what it desires. History, nature,
what we call civilization, they know nothing of One
who loves us and who gave Himself for us. There is
nothing there to tell us that God is love, or that He
has a Son who has died for us. All that we see there
is a hell of passion, and strife, and cruelty, and
tears, and blood. "Tears and blood drops have been
innumerable, and the shores of eternity have been
beaten on incessantly by the waves of sorrow and
trouble that have rolled in from this world." But here
is a man, and with him millions of others who have
passed through the fires and wilderness of life, who
says, "The life that I now live, I live in faith, the
faith which is in the Son of God, who loved me and
gave himself for me."
Our faith as Christians rests upon these three facts,
that Jesus Christ is God's Son, that He loved us, that
He died for us. If this be true, then all our needs
are met. Sin, pain, sorrow, death, separation, agony,
death, can never be the same. The whole universe of
life is changed. In Browning's Death in the Desert,
where he imagines the death and the last words of St.
John, the Evangelist says,
I say, the acknowledgment of God in Christ,
Accepted by thy reason, solves for thee
All questions in the earth and out of it.
Yes, if God was in Christ, and if He loved me and gave
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