In View of Who He Is

In View of Who He Is


Line up the greatest individuals who ever lived next to Jesus Christ. Can anyone rightly claim that anyone else has had a more positive influence on our world than He?

►“. . . A serious argument can be made that no one else’s life has proved remotely as powerful and enduring as that of Jesus.” (Reynolds Price, Time Magazine, December 1999, quoted in Our Daily Bread, 9-6-03)

► “That short life of Jesus has been the most influential ever lived. Through Him millions have been transformed and have begun to live the life which He exemplified. Gauged by the consequences which have followed, the birth, life, and death and resurrection of Jesus have been the most important events in the history of man.” (Kenneth Scott Latourette, quoted in Our Daily Bread, Special Edition 2001, Day 47)

► “Atheist historian W.E.H. Lecky admits that the character of Jesus ‘has been not only the highest pattern of virtue but the strongest incentive to its practice; and has exercised so deep an influence that it may be truly said that the simple record of three short years of active life has done more to regenerate and to soften mankind than all the disquisitions of philosophers, and all the exhortations of moralists.’” (cited by David A. Noebel, Understanding the Times, 38)

No one accomplished more than He. His close companion John testifies, “. . . many other things . . . Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25 NASB).

“. . . He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38).

On one occasion, officers were sent to arrest Jesus, but came back empty-handed. Why? “Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks,” they said (John 7:46).


He practiced what He preached. He never sinned (Hebrews 4:15).

He offered Himself as the only sacrifice that can remove the sin-barrier between us and our holy God.

Do you believe what He claims to be (John 8:24)? Are you willing to make Him the Master and Lord of your life? Are you willing to follow and obey Him (Matthew 16:24; 7:24-27; John 14:15; Mark 16:15-16; Hebrews 5:8-9)?

In view of His unparalleled greatness, don’t we owe Him more than simply our admiration?

--David Gibson