He is utterly unique, without equal the world over, and arguably the most talked-about figure in all of history.
CONSIDER HIS INFLUENCE
Look at any suggested list of the five most influential human figures, and Jesus will be in each and every list. Amazingly, every other person on the list will claim some degree of allegiance to Jesus, some even professing to worship Him. And then, make up a list of all those who have claimed to be God. No one has ever, or can ever, appear on both lists – except One. No one has ever claimed to be God and successfully gathered a following. Those who claim to be God are universally acknowledged to be deceived. And yet, Jesus Christ alone fits comfortably into both lists. His claims to be Divine were unequivocal and despite that, even today, more than 2 billion people claim to feel His influence! What other religious leader can claim the accolades from every other religion as does Jesus Christ?
CONSIDER HIS LIFE
Was there anyone ever who did the things He did? His deeds are famously spoken of throughout the writings of the first century Roman Empire. Contemporary enemies and followers alike unanimously acknowledge His powers. Two thousand years later His actions are still studied. He turns water into wine; effortlessly walks on water; He speaks to storms and they obey; He heals every kind of disease without any hype or atmosphere; He even raises the dead. His teachings are unsurpassed, quoted by every religion and every belief system everywhere. His morals are beyond all questioning by all. The book containing His teaching remains the number one bestseller with no rival coming anywhere close.
CONSIDER HIS PERSON
Was there anyone ever who claimed the things Jesus claimed? He alone will sit in judgment upon our every word, thought and deed. He alone dispenses the right to life – as and when He pleases. He alone grants access to the Father. He alone is the truth and there is no truth outside of Him. He alone redeems all things and He alone will create the new heavens and the new earth. He alone has all authority in heaven and on earth. Was there any other being in all the Universe who claimed to be both God and man? According to Jesus Christ, our attitude to Him is the supreme question of our existence!
CONSIDER HIS ACHIEVEMENT
No one has ever claimed to be the Saviour of humanity, or the Universe for that matter. Where others point to their teachings or to the moral compass within, or to self-exertion and religious performance, Jesus stands in absolute contrast. He leaves nothing to us. He points to our hopeless inability. And then, in magnanimous generosity, He does what we cannot do. He alone dies and then returns to life again, having accomplished the restoration of the Universe and having dealt decisively with our deepest failings. On the cross, God the Son experiences separation from God the Father taking upon Himself everything wrong with the Universe. In an instant, reconciliation between the Creator and the Creation is achieved. His words, ‘It is finished’ echo through eternity. He has done it. Can anyone else claim such a thing?
Jesus Christ – man and God in perfect harmony. No Subject worthy of an eternity of study rewards us with such joy and wonder. Make a wise decision – don’t ignore Him. Join those who make it their aim to seek Him and know Him.
(author: Duane Olivier)