True Excellency

By Jonathan Edwards

Jesus Christ has true excellency, and so great an excellency,
that when you come to truly see him, you look no further,
but your mind rests there.

There is a transcendent glory and an
ineffable sweetness in Christ.

You see that you had been pursuing shadows,
but now you have found the substance.

You realize that you had been seeking happiness in the stream,
but now you have found the ocean.

The excellency of Christ is an object adequate to the natural
cravings of the soul, and is sufficient to fill its capacity.

Christ has an infinite excellency, such as the mind desires,
in which it can find no bounds; and the more the mind
contemplates Him, the more excellent does He appear.

Each new discovery of Christ makes His beauty appear more
ravishing, and the mind can see no end to His excellency.
There is room enough for the mind to go deeper and deeper,
and never come to the bottom.

Christ’s excellency is always fresh and new, and will as much
delight us, after we have beheld Him a thousand, or ten thousand
years, as when we have seen him the first moment.

The soul is exceedingly ravished when
it first looks on the beauty of Christ.
It is never weary of Him.