A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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playfulness a weapon of reasoning. The method of Jesus pierces through the subtlety and obscurity of His opponents with such refinement and dexterity that the assailant sometimes hardly knows that he is hit. Instead of a direct reply being given, the immediate question is parried and turned aside, and the motive which lies behind it is laid bare.
Two more ways in which the conduct of Jesus discloses a character Whose dominant note is strength, and both of these increase His pathos and impressiveness. The first is the prodigality of His sympathy ; the second is His solitude of soul. He is equally at home with the most varied types. He moves with the same sense of familiarity among rich and poor, learned and ignorant, the happy and the sad. The sympathy of Jesus is the channel through which His power flows, and the abundance of the stream testifies to the reserve of power at the source.
The second mark of the conduct of Jesus is His spiritual solitude. Give Himself as He may to others in lavish word and deed, there remains within the circle of these relationships a sphere of isolation and reserve. Eager as He is to communicate His message, there are aspects of it which He is forced to see are uncommuni-cable, so that His language has at times a note of helplessness. Men see, but they do not perceive ; they hear, but they do not understand. ' No man knoweth the Son but the Father ; neither knoweth any man the Father save the Son/
Here indeed is the pathos of the character of Jesus ; yet here also we approach the source of His strength. The tide of the Spirit ebbs from Him in the throng, and when He goes apart He is least alone, because the Father is with Him. Thus from utterance to silence, from giving to receiving, from society to solitude, the