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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, January 7, 2004
Dear Colleagues,

ONE SOLITARY LIFE

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Dear Colleague,

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.

 

He grew up in still another village, where he worked in a carpenters shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.

 

He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He did not go to college. He never visited a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness.

 

He had no credentials but Himself.

 

He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away.

 

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 he was 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.

 

Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today he remains the central figure of the human race, and the leader of mankinds progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on this planet so much as that one solitary life. (Anonymous)

Though he was God, [he] did not demand and cling to his rights as God, but laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men. And he humbled himself even further, going so far as actually to die a criminal’s death on a cross. Yet it was because of this that God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name which is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:5b-11 – Living)

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with mewatch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly." (Matt. 11:28-30 Msg.)

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