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Jesus Is the Crucified Son of God (6 of 10)
Series: "Who Is Jesus?"
John 12:34, 19:16-18
April 17, 2005
1. An Actual Death
2. An Awful Death
3. An Atoning Death
This past weeks issue of Time featured their annual list of the world's 100 most influential people. The list was broken down into categories that consisted of leaders and revolutionaries, builders and titans, heroes and icons, scientist and thinkers, and artist and entertainers. Time referred to those on their list as men and woman whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world.
There is One that I believe tops all the lists of influential people. No one has affected the world as He, and after hundreds of years, He still exercises an influence that is greater all others put together, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Someone has written:
Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was itinerant preacher.
He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. 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 denied 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. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth--His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is the centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.1
Another has written:
Reared in a carpenter's shop, having no access to the wisdom of the other races and people, He yet, when about thirty years of age, gave to the world a code of morality, the likes of which the world has never seen before, the likes of which the world has never seen since. Then He was put to death. He was nailed to the cross in shame, and those that followed Him were scattered or killed. And then, from this little beginning, His religion spread until hundreds of millions have taken His name upon their lips, and millions have been ready to die rather than surrender the faith that He put into their hearts.2
The Lord Jesus stands in a class out to Himself. He has no equal or comparison. Theologians oftentimes refer to His "otherness." He is separate from all others. Ther ...
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