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1 Kings 22:4 (Berean Study Bible)


I am as you are


"A man may not reach out to an unseen, superior God. But he may always reach out to a fellow man for help. A man may feel nothing for an invisible deity without infirmities and pain, but he'll always find something in common with a fellow man. Jesus of Nazareth was not just God but also a man. He was just like us. He was born of a woman, had flesh and blood, walked among men, and was betrayed by some of them. He was in love, needed companionship, knew pain and suffering, hunger and poverty, and joy and despair. Christ did not defeat sin as God but as a man. He did not defeat death and the grave as God but as a man. He succeeded in doing what the first man Adam failed to do, attaining perfect manhood. Do you think you can be a better man than He? I invite you to measure yourself up to Him. If you end up short, would you ask your fellow Man, Jesus of Nazareth, for help? I pray that you do."


That was a sermon that I preached from a pulpit somewhere in America many decades ago. Evangelical preaching that ignores the humanity of Christ ignores the essence of the gospel that Jesus was a man who came to save men like He.

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