The Lord makes answer

The Lord makes answer

The Feast of Tabernacles.

(The Gospel History, Section 77)

Jesus therefore cried in the temple, teaching and saying, Ye both know me, and know whence I am; and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. I know him; because I am from him, and he sent me.

The Lord makes answer

(The Saviour of the World, Vol V Book II Poem XVI)

The Lord, discerning all the thoughts of men,
Noted the vehemence of this group remote,
And cried to them afar,—teaching and saying;—
“Aye and indeed ye know Me,—know My kin,”—
(Not pausing He to show wherein they erred,
Nor how in Him the rays of prophecy
Were focussed as upgathered light in lens:
The letter killeth; Christ sought other ways,—
Assumed as true that which they held as true,
Raised them to higher levels, other thoughts:—)
“Say, then, ye know Me and know whence I came
As one man knows another; there is more
To know than ye perceive. Out of Nazareth
Come I? Yea, but forth from your God I come
To discover Him to you—who is the Truth.
I come not of Myself; I am sent forth
To shew, in ways that men may apprehend,
The Truth of God. Then, wherefore do ye err?
Why think false thoughts of Me? For this one cause,—
Ye know not Him that sent Me; knew ye God,
Not thus erred ye in judgment. How know I?
Ye mocking ask:—With knowledge surer yet,
More intimate, than spouse hath of his spouse,
Than child of mother, I, Jehovah, know,
The Father from whom came I;—He hath sent;
And knew ye Him, Me ye would comprehend.

St. John vii. 28, 29.

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