Of the matter of our Lord’s public speaking, we may form some conception from the discourses which are recorded in the four gospels.  Their leading features are plain and unmistakable.  The world has never seen anything like them since the gift of speech was given to man.  They often contain deep truths which we have no line to fathom.  But they often contain simple things which even a child can understand.  They are bold and outspoken in denouncing national and ecclesiastical sins, and yet they are wise and discreet in never giving needless offence.  They are faithful and direct in their warnings, and yet loving and tender in their invitations.  For a combination of power and simplicity, of courage and prudence, of faithfulness and tenderness, we may all say, “No one ever spoke like this man!” – J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), commenting on John 7.


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