So mighty — yet so loving!

(John MacDuff, "Ripples in the Twilight" 1885)

What a wonderful Savior! So mighty — yet so loving!

Spurning, indeed, all baseness and vileness, all mere lip-homage and hypocrisy.
Upsetting all false human ideals and empty philosophies.
At war with conventional empty religious rituals.
Denouncing every white-washed sepulcher that serves only to screen spiritual rottenness.

But welcoming . . .
  many of those who were looked at askance by their fellows;
  some who were the subjects of social ostracism;
  those deemed fit only to be trampled, as bruised battered flowers, underneath the feet;
  the repentant harlot and sinner, the prodigal, the outcast, the lost.

His heart is a very hive of tenderness . . .
  washing His disciples' feet in token of humility;
  standing by the grave of buried affection;
  wiping away the tear of bereavement;
  calming the paroxysms of untold sorrow;
  arrested by the penitential sighings of the contrite spirit.

In a word, imparting . . .
  rest to the weary and heavy-laden,
  hope to the desponding,
  sympathy to the mourner,
  healing to the brokenhearted; and
  finally showing, in the scenes of Gethsemane and Calvary which crowned that Incarnation of suffering love — what He the Divine Man could do and dare for perishing sinners.

The kindness of the kindest on earth has a limit — His had none.
Human affection and love may come and go — but His flows on forever!

"Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you!" Jeremiah 31:3