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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1 Timothy 2:1-4
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Voting is both a right and a privilege here in the United States. But whether you live in the U.S. or in some other county, the admonition Paul gives Timothy applies to us today. Here in the U.S. we have begun to think that our future is determined by the vote. As citizens we should be salt and light within our country and, consequently, we should be involved in the political process as much as is in our power to do so. However, our faith must be in the One Who establishes and allows governments to exist. Our hope must be in Him. Only then can we walk in wisdom and in peace in the midst of a political storm, a geo-political conflict, or a peace–squelching effort on the part of any human or institution.
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with Him.