One: What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” –Isaiah 9:6-7

Jesus Christ is the most influential person in history. Beyond question, He has transformed Western Civilization and left a mark on every aspect of human life; charity, the arts, literature, music, government, education, health care, and much more. Jesus’ greatest contribution is His victory over death by His resurrection and the Christian assurance of eternal life. It is no coincidence that it is the Christian nations where most of the world is trying to immigrate and find a better life. This Christmas Season we can’t praise God enough for sending the Savior of humanity! But, what if Jesus had never been born? The influence of our media today would have you believe that the only thing Jesus brought to this world were the Crusades and the inquisition. In the weeks following, I will highlight some of the enduring contributions of Jesus on the modern world. Without the Light of Christ, the world really would be a bleak place.

The following poem was written as a sermon in 1926 by Dr. James Allan Francis and is entitled “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 when public opinion turned against him

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” 

God Bless,

Pastor Joel