Identified With Despised Christ, Part 1of3, Evans Olang

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Acts 4:1-22, “13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus”

The Israelites looked forward to the coming of the Messiah, the King of kings. They expected Him to come, overthrow and seat on the throne. Well He came through a teenage girl by virgin birth. He grew up an ordinary life, He was a carpenter, He had no place to lay His head, He rode on a donkey (kings rode on horses and chariots), He spent time with the despised, and Isaiah 53:1-3 tells us,” 1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him”

“JESUS, THE CHRIST, born of a virgin nearly 2,000 years ago, was raised in obscurity. He came from the bosom of the Father to the bosom of a woman. He put on humanity that we might put on divinity. He became Son of Man that we might become sons of God.

He possessed neither wealth nor high social standing. His relatives were inconspicuous, and He had neither training nor formal education. In infancy He startled a king; in childhood He puzzled doctors; in manhood He ruled the course of nature, walked upon the billows as if pavements, and hushed the sea to sleep.

He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His service. He never wrote a book, and yet many times more books have been written about Him than about anyone else who has ever lived. His discourses and teaching have been translated into over 1,000 languages, and have a circulation many times greater than that of any other writing in existence.

He never wrote a song, and yet He has furnished the theme for more songs than all the songwriters combined. He never founded a college, but all the schools put together cannot boast of having as many students. He never marshaled an army, nor drafted a soldier, nor fired a gun; and yet no leader ever had more volunteers who have, under His orders, made more rebels stack arms and surrender without a shot fired. He never practiced psychiatry, and yet He has healed more broken hearts than all the doctors far and near.

Once each week the wheels of commerce cease their turning and multitudes went their way to worshipping assemblies to pay homage and respect to Him. The names of the past proud statesmen of Greece and Rome have come and gone. The names of the past scientists, philosophers, and theologians have come and gone, but the name of this man abounds more and more. Though time has spread almost 2,000 years between the people of this generation, and the scene of His crucifixion, He still lives. Herod could not destroy Him, and the grave could not hold Him.

He stands forth upon the highest pinnacle of heavenly glory, proclaimed by God, acknowledged by angels, adored by saints, and feared by devils, as the living, personal Christ, our Lord and Savior”, author unknown

This same Jesus appointed disciples who were people of no class as men would describe them. He appointed fishermen, tax collector and some we are not told of their occupations. If they were great in their day, it would have been recorded. Blessings Ev

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