One Solitary Life
Years ago some unknown writer, speaking of the influence of Jesus through nineteen hundred years of Christian history, said:
"Here is a man who was born in an obscure village,
the child of a peasant woman.
He grew up in another village, and that a despised one.
He worked in a carpenter shop for thirty years,
and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book.
He never held an office.
He never owned a home.
He never had a family.
He never went to college.
He never put His foot inside a really big city.
He never traveled, except in His infancy,
more than two hundred miles from the place where He was born.
He had no credentials but HIMSELF.
"While still a young man,
The tide of popular opinion turned against Him.
His friends ran away.
One of them betrayed Him.
He was turned over to His enemies.
He went through the mockery of a trial.
He was nailed upon a Cross between two thieves.
His executors gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth,
His seamless robe.
When He was dead,
He was taken down from the cross
and laid in a borrowed grave through the courtesy of a friend.
Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone,
and today Jesus is the centerpiece of the human race,
and the leader of all human progress.
"I am well within the mark when I say that
all the armies that ever marched,
all the navies that were ever built,
all the parliaments that have ever sat, and
all the kings that have ever ruled put together
have not affected the life of man upon this earth
like this one solitary personality.
"All time dates from his birth,
and it is impossible to understand or interpret
the progress of human civilization in any nation on earth
apart from his influence.
Slowly through the ages man is coming to realize that
the greatest necessity in the world is not
water, iron, gold, food and clothing, or even nitrate in the soil;
but rather Christ enshrined in human hearts, thoughts and motives.
"More poems have been written,
more stories told,
more pictures painted, and
more songs sung about Christ
than any other person in human history,
because through such avenues as these
the deepest appreciation of the human heart
can be more adequately expressed."
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