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Do we as Christians take seriously "the man Christ Jesus" (1 Tim. 2:5)? If we did, how would it change our perspective? Apparently not, if we are to judge by the essentials of apostolic faith as defined in early church creeds. Typically these creeds skip from Jesus’ supernatural origins to his sacrificial death. The Apostles’ Creed, for instance, emphasizes that Jesus Christ, the "Son of God, was born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, was crucified in the days of Pontius Pilate, and died, and rose from the grave...." What about the events between his birth and death? Are not his teachings fundamental to our faith, too?

Sharing personal insights from his own spiritual journey and his study of the Scriptures, the late Dwight Pryor, founder of the Center for Judaic-Christian Studies, reflects on the life of Jesus for Christian readers of Jerusalem Perspective Online.

Do we as Christians take seriously “the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5)? If we did, how would it change our perspective?

Certainly our faith is based on the consistent New Testament witness to the sacrificial significance of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. For example, “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Rom. 4:25, NIV). But what about the three years of his teaching ministry as a sage prior to his atoning death? Should that not also be important to us?

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