IN the hearts of all mankind, of whatever
race or station in life, there are inexpressible longings for something they do not now
possess. This longing is implanted in the very constitution of man by a merciful God, that
man may not he satisfied with his present conditions or attainments, whether bad, or good,
or better. God desires that the human shall seek the best, and find it to the eternal
blessing of his soul.
Satan, by wily scheme and
craft, has perverted these longings of the human heart. He makes men believe that this
desire may be satisfied by pleasure, by wealth, by ease, by fame, by power; but those who
have been thus deceived by him (and they number myriads) find all these things pall upon
the sense, leaving the soul as barren and unsatisfied as before.
It is God's design that
this longing of the human heart should lead to the One who alone is able to satisfy it.
The desire is of Him that it may lead to Him, the fullness and fulfillment
of that desire. That fullness is found in Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Eternal God.
"For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in Him should all the fullness
dwell;" "for in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." And
it is also true that "in Him ye are made full" with respect to every desire
divinely implanted and normally followed.
Haggai calls Him "the
Desire of all nations," and we may well call Him "the Desire of all ages,"
even as He is "the King of ages."
It is the purpose of this
book to set forth Jesus Christ as the One in whom every longing may be satisfied. There is
many a "Life of Christ" written, excellent books, large funds of information,
elaborate essays on chronology and contemporaneous history, customs, and events, with much
of the teaching and many glimpses of the many-sided life of Jesus of Nazareth. Yet it may
be truly said, "The half has never been told."
It is not, however, the
purpose of this work to set forth a harmony of the Gospels, or even to give in strictly
chronological order the important events and wonderful lessons of the life of Christ; its
purpose is to present the love of God as revealed in His Son, the divine beauty of the
life of Christ, of which all may partake, and not to satisfy the desires of the merely
curious nor the questionings of critics. But even as by the attraction of His own goodness
of character Jesus drew His disciples unto Himself, and by His personal presence, by His
sympathetic touch and feeling in all their infirmities and needs, and by His constant
association, transformed their characters from the earthly to the heavenly, from the
selfish to the sacrificing, from smallhearted ignorance and prejudice to largehearted
knowledge and profound love for souls of all nations and races, even so it is the purpose
of this book so to present the blessed Redeemer as to help the reader to come to Him face
to face, heart to heart, and find in Him, even as did the disciples of old, Jesus the
Mighty One, who saves "to the uttermost," and transforms to His own divine image
all those who come unto God by Him. Yet how impossible it is to reveal His life! It is
like attempting to put upon canvas the living rainbow; into characters of black and white
the sweetest music.
In the following pages the
author, a woman of large and deep and long experience in the things of God, has set forth
new beauties from the life of Jesus. She has brought many new gems from the precious
casket. She opens before the reader undreamed-of riches from this infinite treasure house.
New and glorious light flashes forth from many a familiar passage, the depth of which the
reader supposed he had long before fathomed. To state it in brief, Jesus Christ is
revealed as the Fullness of the Godhead, the infinitely merciful Saviour of sinners, the
Sun of Righteousness, the merciful High Priest, the Healer of all human maladies and
diseases, the tender, compassionate Friend, the constant, ever-present and helpful
Companion, the Prince of the House of David, the Shield of His people, the Prince of
Peace, the Coming King, the Everlasting Father, the culmination and fruition of the
desires and hopes of all the ages.
Under the blessing of God
this book is given to the world with the prayer that the Lord by His Spirit will make the
words of this book words of life to many souls whose longings and desires are yet
unsatisfied; that they "may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the
fellowship of His sufferings," and finally, throughout a blessed eternity, at His
right hand, share in "that fullness of joy," and "pleasures
forevermore," which will be the ripened fruitage of all those who find in Him the all
in all, "the Chiefest among ten thousand," and "the One altogether