As we enter into the Advent Season – joyfully celebrating the coming of our Messiah – we should never forget what Jesus has done for us in His coming. Even from infancy He was destined to die for our sins. Even from infancy He was destined to change the way mere mortals could gain access to God. Even from infancy He was destined to change the world.
He was born in an obscure village
The son of a simple peasant woman.
He grew up in another small town
And worked with his father in a carpenter shop until He was thirty.
And then for three years he was what we might call a traveling preacher.
He never owned a home – never married and never had a family.
He never wrote a book. He never held political office.
He never went to college and never set foot inside a big city.
He walked wherever He went
And He never traveled more than 200 miles from the place he was born.
He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness.
While still a young man the tide of public opinion turned against Him.
Most of His friends deserted Him; one denied even knowing Him
And One betrayed Him and turned Him over to His enemies.
He went through the mockery of a trial
And was nailed to a cross between two thieves.
While He was dying His executioners gambled for His only possession – His robe.
When He was dead he was taken from the cross
And laid in a borrowed grave.
Almost twenty centuries have since come and gone
And today this man is the centerpiece of the human race.
I think I am well with in the mark when I say
That all the armies that ever marched –
All the navies that ever sailed –
All the parliaments that have ever sat and
All the kings that have ever reigned –
All put together have not affected the life of man here upon this earth
As powerfully as has that one solitary life.
And I can definitely add that no one has affected my life as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life.
I developed this version of the essay “One Solitary Life” by Dr James Allan Francis by using his words and other phrases that I have heard and used in stating the significance of Jesus Christ. It is a powerful statement that is true in its content and will strike true in the heart of anyone who considers it with an open mind and searching soul.
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