More than two thousand years ago there was a man born contrary to the laws of life. This man lived in poverty and was reared is obscurity. He did not travel extensively. Only once did He cross the boundary of the country in which he was born, and that was during His exile in childhood. “This man possessed neither wealth nor influence. His relatives were inconspicuous, they were not influential, and they had neither training nor education. In infancy He startled a king; in childhood He puzzled the doctors; in manhood He ruled the course of nature, walked upon billows as if pavements, and hushed the sea to sleep. He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His service. He never wrote a book, yet all the libraries of the country could not hold the books that have been written about Him.
“This Man never wrote a song, and yet He has furnished the theme for more songs than all other subjects combined. He never founded a college, but all the schools put together cannot boast of having as many students. He never practiced medicine, and yet He healed more broken hearts than all the doctors far and near. He never marshaled an army, nor drafted a soldier, nor fired a gun, and yet no leader ever had more volunteers who have, under His orders, made more rebels stack arms and surrender without a shot being fired.
“The names of the past proud statesmen of Greece and Rome have come and gone, but the name of this Man abounds more and more. Though time has spread almost two thousand years between the people of this generation and the scene of His crucifixion, HE STILL LIVES! Herod could not KILL his, Satan could not SEDUCE him, death could not DESTROY Him, and the grave could not HOLD Him!
“This Man stands forth upon the highest pinnacle of heavenly glory, proclaimed of God, acknowledged by angels adored by saints, feared by demons, as the living, personal Christ, our Lord and Savior.”
“Truly this Man (JESUS) was – and IS – the Son of God!” (John 3:16) (Romans 5:6-8).
Christ died on the cross for our sins, and His blood will cover us if we will believe and truth Him (Acts 16:31), repent of our sins (Acts 17:30-31), confess His deity before others (Romans 10:9, 10), be baptized (immersed) in His name, and follow Him for the rest of our lives (1John 1:7). There was a man – He is Savior and Lord. Without Him we have no hope, but through Him we have the promise of forgiveness and eternal life. Will YOU trust and obey Him? ...By James Allan Francis.