“There is nothing in the Gospels more significant than the way in which Jesus deliberately places Himself at the very centre of His message.
He does not say with other teachers, ‘The truth is everything, I am nothing’; He declares ‘I am the truth.’ He does not claim, with the founders of certain ethnic religions, to suggest answers to the world’s enigmas; He claims to be the answer — ‘Come unto Me, and I will give you rest.’ He does not offer the guidance of a code or a philosophy to keep men right through the uncertainties of an unknown future; He says, ‘Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.’”
— James S. Stewart
A Faith to Proclaim
(Vancouver, BC: Regent College Publishing, 2002), 122
HT: Of First Importance