Christ did impossible things, when He was down here. That is, they were impossible to others. He did them.
They were things that needed to be done. Men were helped by them. The tug of living was eased, and more. It took power to do them.
It took a power more than the natural power men were familiar with. Others didn't do them. They couldn't. They didn't have the power. Christ had the power needed. He did them. He did impossible things.
Christ taught. He is commonly accepted as the race's greatest teacher. Then there was more. He lived what He taught. He lived it first before He taught it.
He lived it far more than even He could teach it. There was always a reserve of teaching actually lived back of the teaching taught. But there was more than teaching. Christ did things.
He had ideals. His ideals have clean out-idealed the ideals of all others. But there was more than ideals. He brought things to pass in actual life. Men saw and felt and experienced things through His touch, things they needed and needed sorely, but didn't have till He did them.
The distinctive thing about Christ, of course, is that He died. He died as none other did, nor could, nor can. The most outstanding thing about His life is the end of it. The knot on the end of the thread of His life, that gathered it all up in one, is His death.
But apart from that, the outstanding thing is that Christ did impossible things. Men admire and worship the man who can do outstanding things, actually bring them to pass. Christ did outstanding things.
He fed the hungry thousands with a few scanty loaves. How they'd like to have Him in some parts of Europe just now, if His activities could be restricted within desired limits.
He stilled that sudden Galilean storm that blanched the bronzed cheeks of those hardened sailors, stilled it with a word; and stilled it into a great calm.
He helped Peter pay his taxes, in a very unusual way. That has a very practical sound today. He robbed the ever-yawning grave of its hopeless victims.
Of all things Christ did one stands out biggest. He healed men's bodies of sickness and disease. The world was sick when Christ was here. There was no science of bodily healing.
There was a natural healing. The Jews have been famous through the centuries for their rare skill in healing through simple remedies. But, characteristically, dominantly, the race was sick. Christ healed men's bodies.
This was the thing that first drew the crowds in notable numbers. That fact itself tells how acute things were in this regard. The need was so sore, and so general, that once the word went out, it spread like a blessed wild-fire.
And the crowds came from everywhere, and they came a-crowding so thick as to affect seriously His movements.