He began His ministry by being hungry, yet He is the Bread of Life.
Jesus ended His earthly ministry by being thirsty, yet He is the Living Water.
Jesus was weary, yet He is our rest. Jesus paid tribute, yet He is the King.
Jesus was accused of having a demon, yet He cast out demons.
Jesus wept, yet He wipes away our tears.
Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver, yet He redeemed the world.
Jesus was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, yet He is the Good Shepherd.
Jesus died, yet by His death He destroyed the power of death.
Gregory of Nazianzus, A.D. 381.
I would propose that the subject of the ministry of this house, as long as this
platform shall stand, and as long as this house shall be frequented by worshipers, shall
be the person of Jesus Christ. I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist; I do not
hesitate to take the name of Baptist; but if I am asked what is my creed, I reply,
"It is Jesus Christ." My venerated predecessor, Dr. Gill, has left a
[theological heritage] admirable and excellent in its way. But the [legacy] to which I
would pin and bind myself forever, God helping me,...is Jesus Christ, who is the arm and
substance of the gospel, who is in Himself all theology, the incarnation of every precious
C.H. Spurgeon, first words in the pulpit of the Metropolitan
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