November 16, 2018

JESUS the KINSMAN: “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same” (Heb 2:14). George Stephenson, born in England in 1781, left school at an early age, but returned later to learn to read and write. Some time later, he sent his son, Robert, to school to learn mathematics; every night, father and son studied the homework, learning together. Stephenson had an aptitude for engines, and when he saw a contraption to pull ore from the mines, he thought he could do better. And do better he did—he became the principal inventor of the railroad locomotive! On the centenary of his birth, there was a massive parade at Newcastle, with many banners honoring the great engineer. In the procession, almost lost in the crowd, there was a little knot of men who carried a hand-made banner with the words, “He was one of us.” They came from the village of Wylam, where Stephenson was born. Yes, Jesus became “one of us.”