Spurgeon on Knowing Christ

“Why do men write lives of Christ who know nothing about His main business and object? Why do some preach about Christ who do not know the very essence and heart of Him? Think of knowing Milton, but not as a poet, and Bacon, but not as a philosopher! There is no knowing our Lord, if He be not known as a Saviour; for He is that or nothing. Those who fall short of His salvation do not even know His name; how, then, should they know His person? His name is not Jesus because He is our exemplar, though indeed He is perfection itself, and we long to tread in His footsteps; but His name is called Jesus because He has come to save that which was lost.”

-Charles H. Spurgeon, from a sermon on Matt. 1:21

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