One Solitary Life

One Solitary Life…

 

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 travelled 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

 

[Twenty] 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.)

 

No single person has had more of an impact on this world than Jesus of Nazareth. He is an impossible figure to ignore. No facet of life has escaped his influence. He is the hinge of history for the world’s dominate calendar. He shaped the way compassion is shown in Western Civilization. His life was the motivation for developments and the formalization of medical care in the western world. Philosopher Mark Nelson said: “If you ask what is Jesus’ influence on medicine and compassion, I would suggest that wherever you have an institution of self-giving for the lonely (and for practical welfare of the lonely), schools, hospitals, hospices, orphanages for those who will never be able to repay, this probably has its roots in the movement of Jesus. ” And Jesus’ teachings continue to motivate medical work around the globe.

 

The church introduced structured institutions of higher learning in cities like Paris, Oxford, Cambridge, Rome, Naples, Vienna, and Heidelberg because it was important that the people of God be trained to love God with all of their mind. Dinesh D’Souza said, “Science as an organized, sustained enterprise arose only once in human history…in Europe, in the civilization then called Christendom.” In the United States alone, ninety-two percent of the first 138 colleges and universities were begun for followers of Jesus.

 

The movement of Jesus followers revolutionized the art world, poetry, the study of languages, and political theory. Jesus changed how people think about human rights, worth and dignity. Undeniably, Jesus has influenced this world far beyond any other person in history.

 

This week we celebrate the weekend that defined His life, setting Him apart as more than just a teacher or philosopher. We discover that Jesus ultimately came as a savior for sinners, presenting himself as the sacrificial lamb for the entire human race.

 

Jesus, “…existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name…” Philippians 2:6–9 (HCSB)

 

The impact of Jesus Christ in our world cannot be ignored, but the question remains as to what you will do with this man called Jesus. Will you ignore Him or crown Him Lord of your life? There is no more critical question you will answer in life and there is no more appropriate time to do so than the weekend of Good Friday and Easter. If you want help with answering this question, join us at First Baptist Church for our Easter services as we consider the resurrected Jesus and the implications that has for your life and mine.

 

 

Wes

Wes Church

Minister of Discipleship

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