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From the Bible teaching of our beloved Pastor Chuck Smith:

“As Job realized the greatness of God and how nothing he was, he said, “What is man that he can plead his case with God that he might justify himself?” And he said, “And besides, there is no daysman between us who can lay his hand on us both.” The distance between an infinite God and finite man can never be bridged by man starting with an earth base, and that is why all religions are doomed for failure. Religions that begin with an earth base and try to reach to an infinite God are faced with an impossible situation.

The initiation has to come from God, for God so loved the world and for an infinite God to reach finite man, you got no problem at all. But for finite man to reach an infinite God, you’ve got an insurmountable problem. So we needed a daysman, someone who could stand between us and lay his hand on us both. And that’s exactly what Jesus came to be, the daysman between God and man, the mediator; “One God, one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)

He became man so that He could touch us, He continued to be God so that He could touch God. “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. all things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:1-3)  “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

And so the Word was incarnate. He became man so that He could touch man, still touching God. As our great high priest, not after the Levitical order, not a descendant of Aaron, but a priest after another order, the order of Melchizedek, He became our great high priest. If He is going to really intercede on my behalf, He has to understand my weaknesses, He has to understand temptations. And so in the book of Hebrews, the writer tells us, “That God has put all things in subjection unto Him… yet we do not at this point see all things in subjection. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:8-10) He had to suffer in order to understand fully our sufferings.”

Pastor Chuck Smith teaching through Matthew 4

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