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One of Us

by Alan Smith

On February 15, 1921, there was a doctor who performed an appendectomy.
The doctor performing the surgery was Dr. Evan Kane who over his
37-year medical career had performed nearly 4,000 appendectomies, so
this surgery was not at all unusual except for two things.

This was the first time that local anesthesia had ever been used in
major surgery. Dr. Kane believed that local anesthesia was safer than
putting a patient completely to sleep. Most of his colleagues agreed
with him in principle, but they wanted to see first if it would
actually work.

So Dr. Kane searched for a volunteer, a patient who would be willing to
undergo surgery while under local anesthesia. It wasn't easy to find
one. Most people are squeamish at the thought of being awake during
their own surgery. Others are fearful that the anesthesia might wear
off too soon.

Finally, though, Dr. Kane found a volunteer. On Tuesday morning,
February 15th, the operation began. The patient was prepped and wheeled
into the operating room. A local anesthetic was applied. As Dr. Kane
had done thousands of times before, he cut open the tissues and removed
the appendix. The patient had only minor discomfort, recovered quickly,
and was dismissed two days later.

Dr. Kane had proven his theory. Thanks to the willingness of a brave
volunteer, Dr. Kane demonstrated that local anesthesia was an
alternative -- even a preferred alternative.

But I said there were two facts that made this surgery unusual. I've
told you the first: the use of local anesthesia. The second unusual
thing was the patient -- the patient was Dr. Kane. You see, in order to
prove his point, Dr. Kane operated on himself. The doctor became a
patient in order to convince the patients to trust the doctor.

As unbelievable as that may seem, it is insignificant compared with
what Jesus Christ did for us. The Great Physician voluntarily became
one of us. He placed himself in our shoes. He left the glories of
heaven to live on this earth as one of us -- to suffer our pains and
feel our fears. Why? So that when you hurt, you will know that you have
someone who understands -- your own Great Physician -- and you will
have confidence to go to him for healing.

  Because God's children are human beings--made of flesh and
  blood--Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human
  form. ... Since he himself has gone through suffering and
  temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted. (Hebrews
  2:14-18 NLT)

(c) 2004 Alan Smith
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Alan has been preaching for 26 years and has been with the White House Church of Christ since August 2002. He received a bachelor's degree in Bible from Freed-Hardeman College in 1977, and has previously preached for congregations in Milan, TN, Bassett, VA, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Gloucester, VA, and Boone, NC.

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Thought For The Day:

"It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly, unless one has plenty of work to do." -Jerome K. Jerome

Verse for the Day:

"By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work." --Genesis 2:2

Kid's Thought For The Day:

"Giving away one cookie when you have two is harder than giving away ten when you have a whole batch."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"The only way to make sure you child goes to the dentist is to schedule the appointment during school hours." --Bruce Lansky

Coach's Thought For The Day

"You never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him. If you burn your neighbor's house down, it doesn't make your place look better." --Lou Holtz

Writer's Thought For The Day:

"You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing
but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again,
while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success -- but only if you persist." --Isaac Asimov

Deep Thought For The Day:

"The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat."


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