One Solitary Life

He was born in an obscure village
The child of a peasant woman
He grew up in another obscure village
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty

He never wrote a book
He never held an office
He never went to college
He never visited a big city
He never travelled more than two hundred miles
From the place where he was born
He did none of the things
Usually associated with greatness
He had no credentials but himself

He was only thirty three

His friends ran away
One of them denied him
He was turned over to his enemies
And went through the mockery of a trial
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing
The only property he had on earth

When he was dead
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend

Nineteen centuries have come and gone
And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race
And the leader of mankind’s progress
All the armies that have ever marched
All the navies that have ever sailed
All the parliaments that have ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned put together
Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
As powerfully as that one solitary life

– Dr. James Allen, 1926


2 Replies to “One Solitary Life”

  1. The Power of Jesus Christ! +++ Giving Is The Key to Heaven! Give and You Shall Receive +++ Praise The Lord and His Son Jesus Christ! +++

  2. Great post, Mike! And what a mysterious link, Jacob 😉

    As I have learned recently, the Hebrew origin of “love” is giving. And yes, I’ll second that because it is my very experience. One who has received from God and has given what he had from a heart that loves God and his neighbor, he will receive more and more (spiritual gifts, for example), for it is written,

    “For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” (Mt 13:12)

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