The following short article consists of a letter written by a Sister Mary G Brabyn to Brother Robert Roberts as
Editor of The Christadelphian in 1895. It has an excellent spirit in it and is most appropriate to our own times and
very relevant to the Special Feature in this issue of “The Lampstand”.

Dear Brother Roberts, Since the subject of the Lord’s coming has been so prominently before us in The Christadelphian, I have sometimes asked myself how we can best equip ourselves for an event so entirely outside our human experience as the manifestation of the Lord in glory, so as to make our hope of it a real belief in its actuality? We are so liable to lapse into a feeling of vagueness on the subject, and almost unconsciously to ourselves, regard the Lord’s arrival somewhat of an abstract affair, without giving it any tangible shape. Everything around us in the world would quench our faith unless we offered some forcible resistance to its alluring appeals, and as we believe we are on the very threshold of a personal introduction to Christ, we must stir ourselves in some way to keep Christ before us in a personal sense. We know that to be acceptable to him we must love him, and to love him we must realise him, not only on the intellectual basis of the “Word made Flesh” but with an affectionate perception of his position when on earth as he moved about among his fellows. In his present spirit nature, we regard him as too high for human comprehension, and so he truly is, but there is a way by which we may mentally reach after him, and love him in a distinct personal sense, as a member of Adam’s race with interests and sensibilities akin to our own aspirations. We must contemplate him in his life 1800 years ago. He is the same now as then, and to know him then is to know him now.

As a means of stimulating my apprehension of Christ as a present living reality, I betook myself to again reading Nazareth Revisited, and I wish to say how much the book has helped me in my object. Your detailed portrayal of the life of Christ and its meaning is so graphic and realistic that I find myself with ease able to interweave Christ in my mind and to contemplate quite naturally his coming as “the Lord the Spirit”. I feel sure that nothing but a study and perception of his mortal life will give vividness and reality to his approaching advent, and nothing but a contemplation of the naturalness of his former work on earth will give naturalness to his coming manifestation in power. It is most difficult for the finite mind to fix itself on those higher acts of Spirit power, and to divest itself of the mysteriousness that seems to attach to all its future operations, but it is surprising how this difficulty is lessened by looking at the naturalness of divine methods in the case of Christ’s first work on earth. You have given a most vivid picture in Nazareth Revisited of this aspect of the scheme of salvation, and the picture of Christ as he laboured to do the Father’s will gives him the sweetest and most distinct personality, so that one is completely disarmed of all terror or mysteriousness in regard to our personal introduction to him. Christ is to be “admired in all them that believe”. How are we to do this unless we know his life? We must stimulate admiration by thinking of him in his mortal days. Surely it must considerably enhance Christ’s interest in his present latter-day work with the world, that he has a few living admirers who await his appearing with the love evoked by the contemplation of his life. Such a position is to us the perfecting of holiness, as it certainly is the perfecting of joy.

Faithfully your sister waiting for Christ,