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The only kind of Jesus we have ever seen with our own eyes is a man playing the role. A few of our men have portrayed the suffering Jesus in our Easter presentation. They did a wonderful job, but they were only playing the part; the blood was stage makeup, and the nails were not really piercing their hands and feet. The scourging and blows from the guards were well-acted "near misses" - a good thing, I’d have hated to see a fight during our worship service!

With Emmanuel it was a different story - the blood was real, as were the stripes on his back, crown of thorns on his brow, and death! Emmanuel means it was God near us who suffered and died.

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