They Weren’t Like Jesus

Douglas Sean O’Donnell:

I am a student of church history. And there is a certain sadness to such study, for whenever I study popular figures in Christian history, I am always left with a bittersweet taste. I admire them. But I also don’t aspire to be like them (at least not precisely). I recognize their flaws.

However, I’ve been looking and listening to Jesus and reading about him for two decades now, and I haven’t yet found a flaw… I like Jesus more. I love Jesus more. I want to be like Jesus more.

I felt the same kind of sadness when I read about the life of Martin Luther and Augustine. These people were great. They tower above the many figures in church history. And yet there’s a humanity in them that simply got in the way of their greatness. They weren’t like Jesus.


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Jojo Agot

Pastor at Victory. Teacher and writer at Every Nation Leadership Institute (ENLI). MA in Theology and Mission at Every Nation Seminary.

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