To feed is to grow; thus, the wise man approaches the once mangered and once crucified Christ, feeding on Him with all due reverence and adoration, for our salvation and eternal life.
Professor Northrup appreciated this. He confessed:
"I recognize in Jesus not a mere man, however remarkable, but a messenger from God who had power to lay down his life and power to take it again, a Person fitted in all respects by character and power to be the light of the world and to reveal God to us as He really is. This, that and the other may disappear or change or perish, but Jesus Christ remains the same yesterday, today, and forever, the Son of man and the Son of God, the Divine Savior of the world."
Cyrus Northrup (1834-1922) was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut; eventually graduating from Yale University, and its law school as well. For several years he clerked for both houses of the Connecticut state legislature. He then served as a professor of Rhetoric and English at Yale (1863-1884), before assuming the presidency of the University of Minnesota (1884-1911).