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I know men

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I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison

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Jesus was a sinless man

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Jesus is not Zeus. He was a sinless man not a sinless superman. He woke up with bed-head. He had pimples at thirteen. He never would have appeared on the cover of Men’s Health (he had “no beauty that we should desire him” Isa 53:2). He came as a normal man to normal men. He knows what it is to be thirsty, hungry, despised, rejected, scorned, shamed, embarasses, abandoned, misunderstood, falsely accused, suffocated, tortured and killed. His friends abandoned when he need them most; had he lived today, every last Twitter follower and Facebook friend who have un-friended him when he turned thirty-three – he who will never un-friend us.

Dane Ortlund - American Pastor

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Shackleton’s third man

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The experience of Shacklteon in the Antartic when on a perilous journey over ice mountains he and his colleagues were aware of a strange accompanying presence:

Who is the third who always walks beside you? When I count there are only you and I together. But when I look ahead up the white road there is always another walking beside you.

There is always another walking beside you – the Lord inviting you to walk with me. Jesus walked along the Galilee shoreline and called people to him. Jesus walked to the disciples on the stormy sea and dispelled their lurking fears. Jesus walked to the mourners on the Emmaus Road and turned and set their hearts on fire.

Jesus walks alongside you and says, “Walk with me.”

Simon Ponsonby

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From the book "Amazed by Jesus"

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Jesus Walks

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Before his rise to stardom, the controversial artist Kanye West wrote a song titled “Jesus Walks.” It was about how Jesus walks with all kinds of people and is told from the perspective of a drug dealer contemplating God. Kanye West played it to many music executives, who all turned him down because it didn’t conform to the the accepted stereotypical form of rap, But Kanye knew Jesus walks with any and all whatever side of life they come from. Kanye’s mum, in her biography of her son, recalls one night when 300 teenagers gave their lives to Chrisy after an appeal when Jesu Walks was performed.

Simon Ponsonby

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Astronaut vs Jesus

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Jim Irwin who was one of only eight people to walk on the moon (at least at the time of writing). He went to space agnostic, but returned a passionate Christian, leaving NASA to start his own Christian mission. He stated:

The entire space achievement is put into proper perspective when one realises that God walking on the earth is more important than man walking on the moon. I believe that God walked on the earth 2,000 years ago in the person of Jesus Christ.

Simon Ponsonby

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From the book "Amazed by Jesus"

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Laid in a manger significance

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One Jewish scholar Alfred Edersheim, drawing on Jewish tradition and lore, suggested that the place Jesus was born was Bethlehem’s Migdal Eder, the tower which was used to watch over the special sacrificial flocks of the temple from birth to temple sacrifice. The tower had a table where ewes delivered the lambs which were then wrapped in swaddling strips. Edersheim offers several important connections:

Migdal Eder (literally ‘Tower of the Flock’) is mentioned in Genesis 35 as the place where Rachel died giving birth to a son, Benjamin. The name Benjamin means “Son of my Right Hand” but it wasn’t his original name. He was first called Ben-Oni meaning ‘Son of Sorrow’. So, there is a connection between Migdal Eder, Bethlehem and a child who is both a Sorrow’ and ‘Son of my Right Hand’.

Micah 4 establishes the expectation of a godly King intrinsically linked with Migdal Eder who would ultimately restore people and lead them victorious over evil. This Messianic figure would bring ultimate peace because he would establish among the nations.

According to Jewish writings, the shepherds of Bethlehem would tend the sheep for the temple sacrifices. In addition, it was said that when a lamb which met the requirements for the Passover sacrifice was born, the shepherd would wrap it in cloth and lay it in a feeding groove on the floor of Migdal Eder to prevent it from any harm.

Simon Ponsonby

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Make Jesus bigger

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It is said of the Renaissance master Michelangelo was asked by his pupil Raphael to comment on a portrait of Jesus that he was painting. Michelangelo went to his studio to see the picture when Raphael was out for lunch, and after examining the portrait, took a brush and painted across it theword AMPLIUS – amplify, make Jesus bigger, larger, make more of Jesus. There’s always so much more to know, to learn to love about Jesus.

Simon Ponsonby

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From the book "Amazed by Jesus"

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