by Ronald R Johnson (www.ronaldrjohnson.com)
Quotable Quotes from Lloyd C. Douglas
From a Christmas booklet entitled, An Affair of the Heart (1922). Douglas is talking about the details of the Christmas story that may challenge the intellect, and he says that the fact of Christ’s influence on human history is far more miraculous than any of the stories surrounding his birth.
But we may think as we like about the process whereby this remarkable character was presented to humanity, there he stands! By all the rules, he is doomed to defeat; but there he stands – manger-born, peasant-bred, poverty-ridden, misunderstood, scorned, spurned, whipped, slapped, and crucified – there he stands! the supreme figure in the life of the race; all the history of nearly twenty centuries strangely interwoven with that crimson thread dyed with his blood!
There he stands – by all the rules, a failure! – by all the tests of logic and the requirements of history, defeated! – by actual demonstration, the greatest, gripping, binding, lifting, driving energy ever turned loose in this world!
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