Wise men and women today still seek Him and follow Him!
The IMPORTANCE of keeping Christ in Christmas
O for God’s Amazing Grace how sweet the sound…
The above song means many things to many people, but for those of us who know and love Yeshua (Jesus), whose lives have been saved by His grace, this song has become our anthem; and it is my prayer today for all those who have yet to know Him in this way, that it would become your anthem too… and that it will lead you to the cross!
Jesus Christ’s Effect on History
“Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ, and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first, did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians so named from him are not extinct at this day.”
Pontius Pilate, Roman governor of Judea who ordered Christ’s crucifixion, first century A.D
Wrote to the Roman emperor Tiberius Caesar:
“And him, Herod, and Archelaus and Philip, Annas, and Caiphas, with all the people, delivered to me, making a great uproar against me that I should try Him (Christ). I, therefore, ordered Him to be crucified, having first scourged Him, and having found against Him no cause of evil accusations or deeds. At the time he was crucified, there was darkness over all the world, the sun being darkened at midday, and the stars appearing, but in them there appeared no luster; and the moon, as if turned into blood, failed in her light.”
Julian the Apostate, Roman Emperor from 361-363 A.D. and one of the most gifted ancient adversaries to Christianity.
In his work against Christianity:
“Jesus…has now been celebrated about three hundred years having done nothing in his lifetime worthy of fame, unless anyone thinks it is a very great work to heal lame and blind people and exorcise demoniacs in the villages of Bethsaida and Bethany.”
But at the end of his life was forced to say:
“Thou has conquered, O Galilean!”
– He also affirms the authenticity of all four gospels.
Thallus, Samaritan-born historian, wrote A.D. 52. His writings have disappeared and we know of them only from fragments cited by other writers.
One such writer is Julian Africanus, A Christian writer of about 221 A.D. who says:
“Thallus, in the third book of his histories, explains away this darkness as an eclipse of the sun – unreasonable as it seems to me (unreasonable of course, because a solar eclipse could not take place at the time of the full moon, and it was at the season of the Paschal full moon that Christ died).”
“Jesus is not one of the group of world’s great. Talk about Alexander the Great and Charles the Great and Napoleon the Great if you will…Jesus is apart. He is not the Great – He is the only.”
David Strauss, German theologian who applied Hegelian philosophy to the study of the Bible.
Toward the end of his life
“This Christ…is historical, not mythical, is an individual, no mere symbol…”
E. M. Blaiklock
“Luke is a consummate historian, to be ranked in his own right with the great writers of the Greeks.”
Bruce M. Metzger
“Today no competent scholar denies the historicity of Jesus.”
H. G. Wells, British writer, 1866-1946
“In the reign of Tiberius Caesar a great teacher arose out of Judea who was to liberate the intense realization of the righteousness and unchallengeable oneness of God, and of man’s moral obligation to God…This was Jesus of Nazareth…Is it any wonder that to this day the Galilean is too much for our small hearts.”
Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French
“You speak of Caesar, of Alexander, of their conquests and of the enthusiasm which they enkindled in the hearts of their soldiers; but can you conceive of a dead man making conquests, with an army faithful and entirely devoted to his memory? My armies have forgotten me even while living, as the Carthaginian army forgot Hannibal. Such is our power.”
“I know men and I tell you, Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour, millions would die for him.”
“I search in vain history to find similar to Jesus Christ, or anything which can approach the gospel. Neither history nor humanity, nor ages, nor nature, offer me anything with which I am able to compare it or to explain it. Here everything is extraordinary.”
“All history is incomprehensible without Christ.”
“Whatever may be the surprises of the future, Jesus will never be surpassed.”
William E. Channing, American religious leader whose writings and sermons led to the emergence of Unitarianism, 1780-1842
“The sages and heroes of history are receding from us, and history contracts the record of their deeds into a narrower and narrower page. But time has no power over the name and deeds and words of Jesus Christ.”
P. Carnegie Simpson,
Concerning Christianity said:
“Is a fact of history recognizable as any other.”
H. G. Wells,
When asked which person left the most permanent impression on history, he replied that judging a person’s greatness by historical standards:
“By this test, Jesus stands first.”
“I am a historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.”
“Christ is the most unique person of history. No man can write a history of the human race without giving first and foremost place to the penniless teacher of Nazareth.”
Kenneth Scott Latourette,
In A History of Christianity:
“It is evidence of His importance, of the effect that He has had upon history and presumably, of the baffling mystery of His being that no other life ever lived on this planet has evoked so huge a volume of literature among so many people and languages, and that, far from ebbing, the flood continues to mount.”
“As the centuries pass by, the evidence is accumulating that measured by its effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet. The influence appears to be mounting.”
“No other life lived on this planet has so widely and deeply affected mankind.”
“I find the name of Jesus Christ written on the top of every page of modern history.”
One Solitary Life
Nearly two thousand years ago in an obscure village, a child was born of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village where He worked as a carpenter until He was thirty. Then for three years He became an itinerant preacher.
This man never went to college or seminary. He never wrote a book. He never held a public office. He never had a family nor owned a home. He never put His foot inside a big city nor traveled even 200 miles from His birthplace. And though He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness, throngs of people followed Him. He had no credentials but Himself.
While He was still young, the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His followers ran away. He was turned over to His enemies and sentenced to death on a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – the simple coat He had worn. His body was laid in a borrowed grave provided by a compassionate friend.
But three days later this Man arose from the dead – living proof that He was, as He had claimed, the Savior whom God had sent, the Incarnate Son of God.
Nineteen centuries have come and gone and today the risen Lord Jesus Christ is the central figure of the human race. On our calendars His birth divides history into two eras. One day of every week is set aside in remembrance of Him. And our two most important holidays celebrate His birth and resurrection. On church steeples around the world, His cross has become the symbol of victory over sin and death.
This one Man’s life has furnished the theme for more songs, books, poems and paintings than any other person or event in history. Thousands of colleges, hospitals, orphanages and other institutions have been founded in honor of this One who gave His life for us.
All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the governments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned have not changed the course of history as much as this One Solitary Life.
Daniel Webster, American politician., 1782-1852
“All that is best in the civilization of today, is the fruit of Christ’s appearance among men.”
When asked what he felt the apex of history was:
“the three years that Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth.”
Who do you say that He is?
The fact is, no one gets out of this life alive, and for that reason we ALL need a Saviour because as the Bible says “It is appointed to every man once to die, and afterwards the judgment.” So everyman will one day stand before God and will be required to give an account of his or her life… and for everyone of us, where we spend eternity will depend on whether we have received forgiveness for our sins through Christ’s amazing love and sacrifice, or whether we will stand alone before God, having rejected Christ.
On which side and in what group will you stand? Will you stand with Christ, or will you stand alone?
Christ bore your sins and mine on Calvary’s cross so that you and I might be set free and forgiven… so won’t you receive God’s gift of forgiveness into your heart this year, by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour?