Saturday, December 26, 2009

On Solitary Life

He was born in an obscure village,
The child of a peasant woman.
He grew up in another obscure village
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until He was thirty.One Solitary Life
He never wrote a book.
He never held an office.
He never went to college.
He never visited a big city.
He never traveled more than two hundred miles
From the place where He was born.
He did none of the things
Usually associated with greatness.
He had no credentials but Himself.
He was only thirty-three
When He died.
His friends ran away.
One of them denied Him.
He was turned over to His enemies
And went through the mockery of a trial.
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves.
While dying, His executioners gambled for His clothing,
The only property He had on earth.
When He was dead,
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend.
Twenty centuries have come and gone
And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race
And the leader of mankind’s progress.
All the armies that have ever marched,
All the navies that have ever sailed,
All the parliaments that have ever sat,
All the kings that ever reigned put together
Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
As powerfully as that One Solitary Life.
I didn’t know the origin of One Solitary Life until I researched it for this column. It was written by Dr. James Allan Francis in 1925 and later appeared in a book he compiled, The Real Jesus and Other Sermons, published by Judson Press in 1926.
Today, there are many versions extant of One Solitary Life, but this is my favorite. I hope you enjoyed seeing it again.
Merry Christmas


  1. So true. Whether Joy,Sorrow or even Anger (a no-no but happens) no ones name is invoked more,,Jesus Christ.

  2. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and have a fun filled New Year's Eve! Wishing you much success and happiness in 2010!

  3. Thank you so much. And hoping everyone a great and safe New Years. With this cold weather I wish I was also in Southern California. Much success and hapiness to you too.

  4. Chris I see your blog is outshining Bruces and you have only been at it for 3 months. I'm sure that pisses him off to no end. keep it up as this blog is more proof that the liberals are on their way to being overthrown.


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