Jesus was born in an obscure village. He grew up in another obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he was a traveling preacher.
He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never traveled more than two hundred miles from where he was born. He never did any of the things one usually associates with greatness.
Two thousand years later, He is the centerpiece of our civilization. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever ruled—put together— have not affected our lives as significantly as this one man.*
A changed life means a changed world. Paul explained how Jesus Christ taught him to view others and how his life was changed: “Always be ready to do what is good, to slander no one, and to be peaceable and considerate. And always be gentle toward everyone. At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness of God appeared, He saved us from all that. He washed us inside and out by the Holy Spirit. He restored our relationship with Him and gave us back our lives. And, yes, there’s more life to come—an eternity of life!” (Titus 3)
Merry Christmas and Happy 2017!
Clinton B. Ashford, MD
* Revised from Dr. James Allan Francis in “The Real Jesus and Other Sermons” © 1926