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John Howard Griffin was a white man who believed he could never understand the plight of African-Americans unless he became like one. In 1959, he darkened his skin with medication, sun lamps, and stains, then traveled throughout the South. His book, Black Like Me, helped whites better understand the humiliation and discrimination faced daily by people of color.

Jesus Christ became like us. The Incarnation is evidence that God understands our plight. “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering” (Isa. 53:3).

“We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin” (Heb. 4:15 NIV).

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