By Dr. D. James Kennedy
Christmas is, in the truest meaning of the word, a unique day. There is nothing like it in all of the world. There never has been and there never will be.
If we could look and see what was happening in every house in our nation at Christmas, we would discover people worshiping Jesus Christ all across America.
Then if we traveled south through Central and South America, we would find in every nation men and women worshiping Christ. Travel east to Europe, south into all of the nations of Africa, and westward across the vast expanse of Asia—without exception we would find millions bowing the knee and worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is no nation, there is no territory on the face of this earth, where He is not worshiped. There has been nothing like this anywhere before.
Christ is the greatest Man who ever lived on this planet. That is absolutely astonishing when you consider that He was cut off in His young manhood at 33 years of age. Plato was just a budding philosopher at 33. Many of the great writers, statesmen, and other greats of the world lived far longer than that before they accomplished anything of significance.
Yet before Jesus was even fully mature, by our standards, He was cut off as a malefactor, crucified between thieves, and abandoned by His followers. He wrote no books or music or poetry, and yet the books, the music, and the poems that exalt His greatness and glory would fill the world’s largest library. He is the altogether lovely One.
He never commanded any army, and yet the army that would gladly give its life for Him today is the largest army that has ever existed on this planet. The institution of His Church is the largest institution that has ever existed in this world. His religion today is growing faster than ever before.
If you look at the great founders of religions, you will find that they didn’t preach themselves. They preached great teachings, much of which have been forgotten, but they didn’t talk about themselves.
Christ is totally different. Jesus preached Himself. In any other person it would be considered the greatest egotism. Yet what did Jesus say?
• “Learn of me,” He said, “for I am meek and lowly of mind” (Matthew 11:28).
• “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” He said, “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
• “I am the door,” He said, “by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved” (John 10:9).
• “I am the good shepherd,” He said, “who giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).
Jesus urged us to learn of Him. Is that egotism? Not at all. To understand the Christian religion, there is one key, and that key is simply the identity of the Person of Jesus Christ. When you know who He is, you will know why He did what He did and said what He did.
He is the infinite Creator of the universe. He is the One who flung the galaxies from His fingertips. All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made. He is the One who will raise the dead. He is the One who will judge all mankind. He is the only Savior of men.
When you know who He is, then you know what He meant when He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh to the Father but by me.”
From Dr. Kennedy’s message, “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived”