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The Greatest Men of the Bible
Jeremiah-The Man Who Looked Like Christ
Clarence E. Macartney
At a crisis in his ministry Jesus withdrew with His
disciples into the lonely region of Caesarea-Phillipi.
There He asked His disciples, "Whom do men say that I
the Son of man am?" The disciples answered Him, "Some
say that thou art John the Baptist; some Elijah; and
others Jeremias, or one of the prophets."
Christ was none of these with whom the popular thought
associated Him and who were named by the disciples.
Yet so far as a comparison rather than a reincarnation
was concerned, those who said that Christ was Jeremiah
were nearer to the truth than those who said He was
John the Baptist or those who said He was Elijah. John
and Elijah had His zeal, His courage, His obedience to
the will of God, His power to denounce; but only
Jeremiah had His tenderness, His solitariness, His
sorrow, His compassion, and His spiritual thought of
the kingdom of God. Isaiah's great portrait of the
Suffering Servant of God in the fifty-third chapter of
his prophecy, which both Christ and the evangelist
Philip tell us was a prediction of Christ, was taken
by some to be a portrait of the prophet Jeremiah. He
indeed was "despised and rejected of men, a man of
sorrows and acquainted with grief." It is by no means
strange that some should have so misunderstood Isaiah,
for it looks as if Jeremiah had sat for his portrait
to Isaiah. Jeremiah is in many ways the saddest,
loneliest, and grandest man in the Bible.
Nations produce their greatest men at the beginning of
their history or at the end of their history, in the
throes of birth or in the throes of dissolution.
Jeremiah is the prophet of Israel's sunset. We behold
him standing like an iron pillar amid the smoke and
flames and darkness of Jerusalem's overthrow and
The span of his life covers one of the most dramatic
and catastrophic periods of h ...
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