by Frank Damazio

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Series: Give Me More of Jesus
Frank Damazio

Karl Barth: One day the aging, ready to die, great theologian Karl Barth was asked a deep question. Could he summarize his theological discoveries? He quotes this song:

Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak but He is strong

Jesus loves me, He who died
Heaven’s gates to open wide
He will wash away my sin
Let His little child come in

- Hymn: by Samuel Trevor Francis
O the deep, deep love of Jesus
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free
Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me
Underneath me, all around me
Is the current of Thy love.

INTRODUCTION: ‘‘Who is this Jesus? He lived two thousand years ago, in an obscure town, in an obscure country, during a relatively dark period in human history that was dominated by the Roman Empire. Yet He stands unequaled and unparalleled in the phenomenal greatness of His life as well as in the stunning impact He has had on history.

As we turn the corner into a new millennium and gaze back at the last two thousand years, a handful of individuals seem to rise up from our history pages-individuals whose lives or words or accomplishments impacted the entire human race, for good or for bad. Names like Julius Caesar, Martin Luther, Muhammad, Christopher Columbus, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Adolf Hitler, Alexander Graham Bell, Jonas Salk, Joseph Stalin, Mahatma Gandhi, Mao Tse-tung, and David Ben-Gurion come readily to mind. Yet I would heartily agree with Reynolds Price, who in the introduction to his Time magazine cover story on Jesus, wrote, ‘It would require much exhotic calculation … to deny that the single most powerful figure-not merely in these two millenniums but in all human history-has been Jesus of Nazareth.’ Even today’s date is based on the calculation of the date of His birth.
So Who is this Jesus? What is there about Him that mak ...

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