Our Kinsman

“For I know that my Redeemer liveth,”- Job 19:25

Job, in the midst of his false friends, had One whom he called his kinsman. “I know,” he said, “that my Kinsman liveth.” I want you to think of Jesus Christ as your Kinsman if you are really in Him, for He is indeed the nearest akin to you of any- bone of your bone, and flesh of your flesh. “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same.” Now, your own flesh and blood, as you call them, are not so near to you in real kinship as Jesus is; for, often, you will find flesh and blood near akin by birth but not by sympathy. Two brothers may be, spiritually, very different from one another, and may not be able to enter into each other’s trials at all; but this Kinsman participates in every pang that rends your heart; He knows your constitution, your weakness, your sensitiveness, the particular trial that cuts you to the quick, for in all your afflictions He was afflicted. Thus, He is nearer to you than the nearest of earthly kin can possibly be, for He enters more fully into the whole of your life; He seems to have gone through it all, and He still goes through it all in His constant sympathy with you… Our Lord Jesus Christ’s relationship to us is no accident of birth; it was voluntarily assumed by Him. He would be one with us because He loved us; nothing could satisfy Him till He had come to this earth and been made one flesh with His Church. This He did because He would be one flesh with His people, and that is a very near kinship which comes as close as that, and which willingly does so, not by force, but by voluntary choice. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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