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Jesus Christ, the truth-teller : a sermon preached in Christ Church, Hartford on the first Sunday after Trinity June 4, 1893 before the graduating class of Trinity College online

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sure, is far from perfect. It has its empty spaces, its
half-finished streets and squares. Here and there
are pedestals for which the statues are not ready,
and niches waiting to be filled. In all directions
there is room for growth, and in many, room for
betterment ; but take it for all in all, was there ever
city like it, ever one so firmly founded, ever one so
generously laid out ? And all this marvellous Chris-
tendom, this unmatched social fabric is his work.
He made it as really as the great Tsar made Peters-
burg, or Constantino his eastern capital. Has he
not, as architect of such a city of God, some claim on
our attention, some right to be heard in those mat-
ters upon which, with xmmistakable authority in his
voice, he speaks ? I grant you that it is possible to
reject Him as your light-bearer, but is it wise ?

Trust Him, then, I say, both for His words and for
His works.

Gentlemen of the graduating class, I rejoice to be-
lieve that you are going out into life persuaded that
what Jesus Christ says is true. Such faith will safe-
guard you to an extent you little dream, and in ways
of which thus far you have had slight experience.
The huge battleship which, day before yesterday,



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under a clear sky, sank like lead in the mighty
вЦ†waters, went down because she had lost her balance.
Could she have been held level for only a few moments
longer, it might have been possible to close the com-
partments and stop the leak ; but the instant she be-
gan to careen, the heavy armament of the upper deck
made righting her impossible.

On this ocean that we call our life, no land-locked
sea like the Mediterranean, but one that reaches far
out into the infinity, many are they who suffer ship-
wreck. It is not always the seamanship that is at
fault. Of the voyagers who come to grief there are
not a few who have had, as we say, every advantage,
who are versatile, who are accomplished. The trouble
is lack of balance. This needed element is the very
thing that faith in Jesus Christ supplies. Authority
is the force that gives stability to life. What we
need is to know ourselves to be under authority,
rightful authority. Steadied and balanced by this
central weight, we ride the waves in safety, for far
more reassuring than the famous "Fear not, you
carry Caesar," ought to be for you and me, " Fear not,
you carry Christ."





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Online LibraryWilliam Reed HuntingtonJesus Christ, the truth-teller : a sermon preached in Christ Church, Hartford on the first Sunday after Trinity June 4, 1893 before the graduating class of Trinity College → online text (page 2 of 2)