An unknown author has written the following words. “Here is a young man who was born of a peasant woman...He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He had no credentials but himself. While he was still a young man, the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away... He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave...Nineteen centuries have come and gone and today he is...the leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the kings who ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as has that One Solitary Life.”
How do we explain the impact of Jesus on history? Is it not that his teaching speaks to the deepest
longings of the human heart? He is the way, the truth, the life who shows us how to live. And is it not his Resurrection, his victory over death, our final enemy, that gives us the hope of eternal life? No one else does for us what he does. That is why we divide history to before and after Christ. He alone brings us salvation!