He is Jesus!

(Originally written and distributed during a previous Christmas season.)

This has been a year of great change. A year ago, thousands of workers left the Midwest to come to the booming Southwest. At that time, we had inflation and full employment – now we are in recession and are battling unemployment. Our nation may be on the brink of financial disaster, yet it is the most stable nation in the world. In our “bad” times, we are still living better and have more than people do in any other country.

That’s why this time of year is so meaningful. The continual rush to “keep up” and “make it now” is replaced by the more important things like family, friends, and helping those less fortunate. What makes Christmas so different? The Bible says there is one man who is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” 1. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is unchangeable in a changing world. We can be secure in an insecure world because of –

 One Solitary Life

“He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village and worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. Then, for just three years, he was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put his foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He never did any of the things that we normally associate with greatness. He had no credentials but himself.

While he was still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to his enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves, and his executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had on earth, and that was his coat. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Two thousand years have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race and the leader of the column of progress. All the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever sailed, and all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life—Jesus!” 2

The Humphreys family wishes you and your family a Joyous Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Kent Humphreys

1) Hebrews 13:8 (NASU); 2) For many years it was thought that the author was unknown, but around 1970, Dan L. Thrapp and Palmer G. Brown were able to do research and find the real author, James Allan Francis. It was first given in a sermon at the First Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California, to the National Baptist Young Peoples’ Union convention on July 11, 1926. It was included in his book of sermons, The Real Jesus and Other Sermons by James Allan Francis. Philadelphia: The Judson Press. © 1926. “Arise, Sir Knight!” p. 123-24. Rev. Francis died at age 64 on June 30, 1928.
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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

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