Jesus Christ is the most significant figure in the history of the world!
2000 years after the life and ministry of Jesus, two computer scientist used Wikipedia to create a list of the “10 Most Significant Figures in Human History”. This was accomplished by using Wikipedia data to calculate the influence on feelings, thoughts and opinions certain well-known individuals have had on society over time. Jesus Christ was first on that list! (Daily Mail, December 11, 2013)
Even the timeline of history was divided by the life of Jesus. All years prior to Jesus are referred to as BC, or before Christ. Every year after Jesus is referenced as AD, Anno Domini, which means “the year of our Lord”. You must be significant for that to happen!
HG Wells once said; “I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the most dominant figure in all history.”
Why is Jesus the most significant person in history? Because of his teachings? Somewhat perhaps. The real reason Jesus remains as relevant today as He was in the first century (AD) is His resurrection from death.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ proves He was who he said He was. He was truly the Son of God, sent to this world as the ultimate sacrifice for the sin of the world.
2 Corinthians 5:21 says; “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
All the disciples and more than 500 other people were eyewitnesses to the risen Jesus. These same apostles were too timid to be visible at the crucifixion, except John. Yet when they saw Jesus after the resurrection, they carried His gospel message to various parts of the earth, leading ultimately to their brutal executions. What changed? They saw the resurrected Jesus! It changed them! They saw Jesus went from death to life!
Last Sunday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus! The most significant event in history accomplished by the most significant person in history. Of course, Jesus is much more than a person, He is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6) He is the Son of the living God, our risen Savior and soon returning King!
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