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Jesus Christ did not remain at base headquarters in heaven, receiving reports of the world’s suffering from below and shouting a few encouraging words to us from a safe distance. No. He left the headquarters and came down to us in the front-line trenches, right down to where we live and worry about what the Bolsheviks may do, where we contend with our anxieties and the feelings of emptiness and futility, where we sin and suffer guilt, and where we must finally die. There is nothing that he did not endure with us. He understands everything. (1)

 

 

 

(1)  Helmut Thielicke.  Christ and the Meaning of Life, quoted by Calvin Miller in Once Upon a Tree (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1967, p. 169