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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 29, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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m tnis tabernacle; It l could an
nounce that George Washington, the
father of his country was to honor
this city with his presence excur
sions would run from every section,
and no building has been erected by
the hands of menthqt would hold
the crowds.
But I need not argue that the an
nouncement of the coming of Jesus
to Chicago would awaken an interest
and send a thrill of expectancy be
yond that of any other character of
history.
We instinctively feel the difference
and account for it. This is true be
cause His name is inseparably asso
ciated with religion, and after all has
been said, religion is the measure of
concern of men it's the real base
line of character.
Many types t)f men challenge our
interest, but it is the apostle of reli
gion and the herald of Christianii
that has the superlative influence.
For Jesus actually lives the moral
law and serves His generation, for
getting Himself in the immortality
and we turn to Him for spiritual au
thority as naturally as a. flower turns
toward the sun or a lily lifts its im
maculate lips to be kissed by the sun
shine and the dew.
Beauty may please us, truth may
strengthen us, but goodness com
mands us. A genius charms us, a
philosopher instructs us, but a saint
feeds us.
But the fact that Jesus was a spir
itual genius is not an adequate ex
planation of the unique interest His
coming to this city would arouse.
M'here have been other spiritual
geniuses who incarnated the good
and the great, but the grip which
Jesus 'has upon the heart and con
sciences of men is different from all
these.
Let me try to describe the unique
appeal of Jesus. Whenever men look
at Christ they feel themselves under
obligation to have reproduced in
themselves the character He ex
presses. This moral compulsion is in-
lsirijr tible. Me miy Ant the his
torical Christ or the metaphysical
Christ and leave only the ideal and
they have still to recken with a power
of the first magnitude, the Christ of
human experience survives men's
doubts of the Christ of history and
still under the name of Jesus some
thing calls out to our spiritual ca
pacities to awaken. The very name
makes us dissatisfied with evil in spite
of our love for it. It shames us out of
pettiness into largeness. Out of sin
into salvation, out of vice into purity.
No man can read the fragmentary
description of Jesus in the New Tes
tament without feeling laid upon him
an obligation of surrendering his lit
tle and ignoble life to Him for a life
that is lived more abundantly.
When royalty enters the city, the
city puts on its holiday attire, but the
most momentous day in the history
of any city is the day when Jesus
Christ gives it a special visitation of
His power and presence.
If Christ came to this city, would I
be glad to see Him? Not appear to
be glad, but really be glad to welcome
Him? Whether or not you would be
glad to welcome Him is an invariable
index to your character. He is always
where all is well. There is a line of
scripture which reads as follows:
"And when Herod, the king, heard
it, he was troubled."
Men who have been living like
Herod are always trouble when t,hey
hear that Jesus is in the neighbor
hood. Jesus is in the way of the
Herods. Jesus is in the way of the
adulterer, the thief, the libertine and
the oppressor.
Would the presence of Jesus give
you peace and strength or would it
worry you? If it would worry you,
you may know that you are living in
sin. By this you may know all that
eternity can ever reveal. If His pres
ence would trouble you it is a bad
sign.
If Christ came to this city where
would I want Him to find me? Would
I want Him to find me in the saloon,

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