Friday, December 23, 2016

One Solitary Life

If Jesus life changed the world then maybe you should learn more about him.

 

He was born in an obscure village
The child of a peasant woman
He grew up in another obscure village
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty when public opinion turned against him

He never wrote a book
He never held an office
He never went to college
He never visited a big city
He never traveled more than two hundred miles
From the place where he was born

He did none of the things
Usually associated with greatness
He had no credentials but himself
He was only thirty three

His friends ran away
One of them denied him
He was turned over to his enemies
And went through the mockery of a trial
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing
The only property he had on earth

When he was dead
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend

Nineteen centuries have come and gone
And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race
And the leader of mankind's progress

All the armies that have ever marched
All the navies that have ever sailed
All the parliaments that have ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned put together
Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
As powerfully as that one solitary life

Dr James Allan Francis 1926

Have you ever considered the fact that one person made such a huge difference in our world? He didn't have a blog or social media, he didn't have a talk show or become a star in Hollywood.

It makes me wonder why we spend so much time listening to the people that have any of those things going for them. The people that have a platform as a news anchor, a Hollywood star or a writer or whatever popularity they have are nobody special. So many of them think that they have the answers and we need to hear what they are because they are special and they are enlightened.

Wouldn't we be better off if we found out what this one man said and did? If we dig into God's word and get a better understanding of this one ordinary life then we would have something solid to base our life on.