Without question the most influential man in history is Jesus. Even if you measure greatness based simply on what others said about him he has no equal. He had no servants. Yet they called Him Master. He had no degree. Yet they called Him Teacher. He had no medication. Yet they called Him Healer. He formed no army. Yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles. Yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, but they crucified Him.
History, however, is full of people who have accomplished some or all of these things, and their names are familiar to many of us. No matter how great they were someday they all arrived at the same destination; death. Long ago Job asked, “If mortals die, can they live again?” (Job 14:14). Jesus resolved that question in an earthshaking manner on resurrection Sunday. That answer is the thing which gives us the greatest hope.
This Sunday and every Sunday we celebrate Christ’s victory over death and the grave, and praise God for the opportunity to share in his offer of eternal life by his grace.