James Allan Francis wrote this about Jesus Christ: Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until he was 30. Then for three years, He was an itinerant preacher. He never owned a home; never wrote a book; never held an office; never had a family; never went to college… never traveled 200 miles from the place he was born…While still a young man, the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While he was dying his executioners gambled for his only garment. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. 2000 years have come and gone, and today he is the centerpiece of the human race.” [Unquote] We read in Hebrews 2 that it was necessary for the Messiah to become like us, his brothers and sisters, so he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Jesus knew hunger, fatigue, rejection, and death. So He understands and sympathizes with us and invites us to come to Him for relief.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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