Our Wonderful Savior (Matthew 1:21)

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An anonymous author made this striking comparison: “Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for 50 years, Aristotle for 40 years, and Jesus for only 3. Yet the influence of Christ’s 3-year ministry infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from these men who were among the greatest philosophers of all antiquity. Jesus painted no pictures; yet some of the finest paintings of Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci received their inspiration from Him. Jesus wrote no poetry; but Dante, Milton, and scores of the world’s greatest poets were inspired by Him. Jesus composed no music; still Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelssohn reached their highest perfection of melody in the hymns, symphonies, and oratorios they composed in His praise. Every sphere of human greatness has been enriched by this humble Carpenter of Nazareth.

His unique contribution to the race of men is the salvation of the soul! Philosophy could not accomplish that. Nor art. Nor literature. Nor music. Only Jesus Christ can break the enslaving chains of sin and Satan. He alone can speak peace to the human heart, strengthen the weak, and give life to those who are spiritually dead.”

Many people admire Christ and His teachings, but few bow before Him as Lord and Savior. As you ponder the wonder of this matchless Jesus, who lived a sinless life and died a substitutionary death, do you claim Him as your own wonderful Savior? – Henry G. Bosch

Wonderful name He bears, wonderful crown He wears,

Wonderful blessings His triumphs afford;

Wonderful Calvary, wonderful grace for me,

Wonderful love of my wonderful Lord! – Ackley

Believing Christ died, that’s history; believing Christ died for me, that’s salvation.

  • April 16, 1987, Our Daily Bread

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