Rarely do writers portray the significance of Christ Jesus in a way that is satisfying. These quotations are from a chapter filled with a perception of His reality and meaning for all humankind. It is a very personal essay saturated with poetry, deeply felt. – mjd
“The river strong enough, deep enough to carry the souls of all mankind safely through time into eternity did not rise under our feet. The great tree, with its myriad leaves and branches, which are men and nations, is not all on the surface, open to the gaze of men. It is anchored by invisible roots to the framework of the universe. We can see plainly that all the faith and love that had ever existed on earth, the best and purest love for God and man from the beginning, slowly grew together into Him [Christ], and without them He could not have come. The prophets of old, who saw so plainly what the Perfect One must be, did more than foreshadow Him; they did more than prepare the way before Him. In them the spirit of Christ dwelt and through them the Word spake. And yet it was needful that that Word should take flesh, i.e., that the Spirit of God should incarnate itself in human life. Otherwise, … it would have remained a barren word a mere idea.
The artist has his conception, the poet his inspiration, but unless they are clothed with flesh and begin their struggle with hard, intractable matter, they vanish… That is the difference between the creator and the dreamer.”
“That word which has incarnated itself in your life, that higher thought, that purifying ministry that has been your mediator with God, your saviour from an empty and wasted life, is the fruit of Christ’s soul working in you. It is simply one example in the little world of what God through Christ is doing in the great world, in you and in millions of other souls. As the mind has its thoughts, God has His spirits. As our life is dominated by a highest motive, God guides and leads the world through His highest Spirit which must be tabernacled in flesh to do His work, which must leave the Father’s house and go forth into the world, which must leave the One to save the many.”
– Elwood Worcester, The Living Word, 1908
Worcester (1862 – 1940) was priest of Emmanuel (Episcopal) Church, Boston,
originator of the Emmanuel movement philosophy,
which in turn influenced AA and the treatment of alcoholism.