25 Dec 2008

The Penniless Preacher from Nazareth...

As Christians, we believe, proclaim and exalt Christ as Lord, we celebrate his birth today. That he became Emmanuel and changed the course of history. What i find interesting is that there are many around the world who celebrate Christmas today who don't follow him... how amazing it is when even those people declare the greatness of His being and give him the honour due...

This is what Time magazine said in 1999 as they reflected on the past 2000 years of history and key historical figures...

"The memory of any stretch of years eventually resolves to a list of names,
and one of the useful ways of recalling the past two millenniums is by listing
the people who acquired great power. Muhammad, Catherine the Great, Marx, Gandhi, Hitler, Roosevelt, Stalin and Mao come quickly to mind.
There’s no question that each of those figures changed the lives of millions
and evoked responses from worship through hatred.

It would require much exotic calculation, however; to deny that the single most powerful figure— not merely in these two millenniums but in all human history—has been Jesus of Nazareth. Not only is the prevalent system of denoting the years based on an erroneous 6th century calculation of the date of his birth, but a serious argument can be made that no one else’s life has proved remotely as powerful and enduring as that of Jesus.
(Man of the Millennium. Time Magazine, Dec. 6, 1999).

Amazing. and True.

Even a skeptic like H.G. Wells admitted, “I am an 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.”

How amazing that the infant child we remember today changed the course of HISTORY and ETERNITY if by His grace we can come to the manger and acknowledge who he truly is - Deity hidden in Humanity.