Peter Wehner is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and is a New York Times contributing opinion writer. In the following article Mr. Wehner does a masterful job of describing Jesus in just the way I wish I could have done. He portrays the Savior as a real life flesh and bones man who also happened to be God incarnate. A man who came not only to die as a sacrificial atonement but also to model life as it should be lived. I love the way Jesus is presented, as Wehner puts it, “as an actor in the human drama and not just as the author.” I hope you’ll enjoy this article and learn from it as I did. The article appeared at: NYTimes.com as: Humanizing Jesus. RMF
The New York Times
Early in my Christian pilgrimage, as a young man struggling to understand the implications of a story I had only a surface knowledge of, I stumbled onto a theological insight. For followers of Jesus, salvation was based not on his life so much as his death. Jesus could have been incarnated as a man and been crucified within days. That’s all that was needed for his death to serve as an atonement, but that’s not what happened. God clearly wanted to instruct us about how we should live in this life, too.
He became not just the author of the human drama but an actor in it.
According to the Christian Scriptures, Jesus had a life story — born in a manger in Bethlehem, later moving to Nazareth, and dying in his 30s, just outside Jerusalem. The fact that we’re so familiar with the story has inured us to just how jarring and unexpected it was. God came to earth “not in a raging whirlwind nor in a devouring fire,” in the words of Philip Yancey, author of “The Jesus I Never Knew,” but in humility, without power or wealth, in a world marked by strife and terror. Continue reading