Whatever opinion men may hold concerning the principles of Christ

(G. Campbell Morgan)

Whatever opinion men may hold concerning the principles of Christ or His doctrines—they at least agree that if only all men would live His life, or would perfectly obey His instructions, there would be . . .
   an immediate solution to all problems,
   a healing of all wounds,
   a righting of all wrongs, and
  the bringing in of that golden age concerning which the prophets and seers and psalmists have been singing to men through all human history.

Yet if Jesus has done no more for men than to have given them the pattern of His life and the illumination of His teaching—then He has only succeeded in revealing the depth of human degradation, and the impossibility of man's ever attaining the highest or the best standard.

If Jesus Christ has done no more than give me the pattern of His life—then He has made me the most hopeless and despairing of men, for I cannot reproduce it in my own. If Jesus Christ has done no more than enunciate the laws which I find in the New Testament records—then He has only succeeded in mocking my hopelessness, and leaving me helpless and undone upon life's broad highway.