One life

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Think a minute…He had no servants, yet they called Him Master. He had no formal education, yet they called Him Teacher. 

He had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. 

He had no army, yet kings feared Him.

 He committed no crime, yet they brutally executed Him as the lowest and worst of criminals. 

He was buried in a tomb, yet three days later came back to life and for 6 weeks was personally seen alive by more than 500 different people, and He lives today.

No one knows for sure who wrote the following summary of this truly one-of-a-kind life, but each time I read it, it has an even deeper and life-changing impact on me.   

“He was born in a small, unimportant village, the baby of a teenage girl. 

He grew up in a poor and unsophisticated area. He worked in a carpenter shop until he was 30-years-old. After that he was a traveling teacher for only three years. 

He never wrote a book. He never held a political position of power and respect. 

He never owned a home. 

He never had his own family. He never went to university. 

He never traveled more than 200 miles from the place he was born. 

He never did any of the things we call successful or great. 

While he was still a young man public opinion turned against him. His closest friends abandoned him. 

He was betrayed and given over to his enemies to be judged in an illegal, unjust mockery of a trial. He was then tortured and executed between two criminals. 

While he was dying, his executioners gambled for the only thing he owned: his coat. 

After he was dead, he was put in a borrowed grave.  

Nearly 2,000 years have come and gone, yet today he’s still the most famous, influential person in history. 

All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that have ever sailed, all the governments and kings that have ever ruled, all put together, have not changed as many lives as this One Life.” This Christmas season, won’t you ask Jesus to start changing your life? Just think a minute…

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