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What difference has the birth of Jesus made in history? Did his birth make any difference at all?
Isaiah 1:18† "Come now, let us REASON TOGETHER," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
The Lord wants us to reason together. He says through reasoning with him, though life has been bad, it can become good. So, letís reason together about Jesus.
There is a simple account of the birth of Jesus given in Luke chapter 2. The birth of Jesus and most of his life was exceedingly simple. Jesus was born to a teenage virgin woman in the poorest of circumstances Ė an animal stall. Jesus was born to a working class family. He spent the first thirty years of his life as a carpenter in relative obscurity working with his dad. He never made much money. He never traveled more than a few hundred miles from his home. He never wrote a book. He never ran for a political office. He never married. He never had children. At the age of thirty, he went into his ministry which lasted only three years. He may have been homeless during those years. However, in those three years he did miracles, fed the poor and cared for the sick demonstrating he was in fact God, coming into human history through his actions without sin, his words filled with power, his love for people, and his life-changing grace. Thatís not to mention his death, burial, and resurrection, which we celebrate at Easter.
Thatís the "simple" life of Jesus Christ, but did the babyís coming change anything? The legacy of Jesus Christ is the most profound and planet transforming legacy of anyone or anything. Jesus Christ is the most important person who ever lived.
Human history literally divides time at his birth into BC Ė Before Christ Ė and AD Ė Anno Domini, Latin for "in the year of our Lord."
About Jesus Christ, more songs have been written and sung, more books written, and more art work commissioned than anyone who has ever lived.
Literally today, billions of Christ followers around the world gather weekly celebrating, worshiping, adoring, and studying the life and words of this man Jesus Christ who forever changed this world.
Those who love Jesus and those who donít, agree on this one fact: in all of human history no one has made the difference Jesus made and continues to make. Stephen Neal, a Historian, said, "He who says Jesus also says history." H. G. Well said, "I am a historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history."
Without doubt, no one or thing compares to how that baby changed everything. He is the most life changing event ever. Nothing compares. No matter if you are a Christ follower or not, today Jesus changes and benefits your life. I will give a few reasons.
The very birthing and founding of America was actually a religious experiment by people desiring religious freedom to worship Jesus Christ according to the scriptures.
Our Declaration of Independence is saturated with Christís influence.
It was Christians who labored for literacy through the centuries. It was Christians who labored for the education of boys and girls. Nearly every one of the first one hundred and twenty-three colleges and universities in America were founded by Christians. Harvard, Dartmouth, Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Princeton, William and Mary, NYU, and more were founded by Christians to train people and spread the love of Jesus Christ through education. Itís ironic that many well educated people who argue against Christ received their education from learning centers founded because of the very Christ they attempt to disprove.
It was Christians who labored for hospitals and health care. Even today many of the hospitals you and I visit originated from Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, etc belief and funding.
It was Christians who labored for orphanages.
It was Christians who labored for the elderly and poor.
It was Christians who labored for womenís rights.
It was Christians who labored for civil rights.
Even our laws are from the very principles taught by Jesus Christ himself, not from dictatorship, might, and wealth as many other nations laws are formed.
Think of the great architecture and cathedrals inspired by Jesus Christ. Think of great movies, great books, or great anything and you will be reminded of Jesus.
Wherever Christianity spread, mercy, love, and health came as well.
The point to communicate today is that Jesus Christ who came as a baby two thousand years ago, changed everything and I mean everything. There is not one aspect of life that Jesus Christ has not changed for the positive. No one has made a difference for rich and poor, for young and old, for black and white, for the simple and the wise as Jesus Christ. We can easily say, A BABY CHANGES EVERYTHING.
The question I ask you is not so much what difference Jesus Christ made in human history. Thatís obvious. Jesus Christ is real and alive. My question is what difference has he made in your history? I met Jesus when I was 17 years old. But, like many, I met him by knowing of him, but did not actually know him. I knew the world was a better place because of him, but I did not know what a difference he could make in my personal life. I did not know he would love me, bless me, forgive me, and give me wisdom. Eleven years later, I Ďmet Jesus," I found he not only made a difference in history, but he could make a difference in my personal history. He did concerning the woman I married, the children I raised, the way I live my life. Every aspect has been transformed by the one who came as a baby. God came into human history as a baby changing everything. He came into my life changing everything. What difference has he made in your life? If you are a Christ follower, you know exactly what I am talking about. If you are not, then what better day to, not only know about Jesus, but know him in a way where he will change everything for the good for you.
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