December 1, 2004
All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
H.G. Wells, English novelist, journalist, sociologist, and historian, famous for his works of science fiction, listed what he believed were the 10 greatest people in human history on one occasion. At the top of his list was Jesus Christ. Some might think this is great, but I don’t believe you can even begin to list Christ in a group of any other human beings.
He is not “Jesus the Great.” You can speak of Charlemagne the Great or Alexander the Great, but not Jesus the Great. He is the greatest—the one and only! Of all the person in human history, only one stands alone, separate, and solitary from all the others.
It is estimated that some 30 billion people have lived on the earth since creation—since Adam and Eve. Of those 30 billion, only a handful of these have distinguished themselves, some in world prominence, and others in national prominence. Some have distinguished themselves in science, art, mathematics, athletics, government, entertainment, or music. There have been certain individuals whose lives have influenced the world like few others.
But while there are a number of prominent people who have lived on the earth, there is only one preeminent person and He is the One described here in the Scripture. The Lord Jesus Christ is not prominent among world leaders or religious teachers, but preeminent over all. Christ is all!
He has not been believed or received by all, though. As a matter of fact, He has been the most analyzed, scrutinized, and criticized individual who has ever lived. Yet despite the opposition and those who have misrepresented Him, His life towers over humanity. He was born in a stable in a little town and into the home of common people, never traveled much beyond the borders of His own place of birth, and never possessed earthly wealth or fame, yet His impact upon mankind has been greater than anyone. Thirty percent of the world’s population claim Him as Savior and Lord, and worship Him as God.
Some of have tried to stamp out His name. Even in the conception of the Christian faith, religious leaders warned those who preached Christ, “Do not speak in His name again!” Yet His name is powerful and preeminent because Jesus Christ is the person He claimed to be, through and through—King of kings and Lord of lords. To God be the glory!
THE BIGGEST CELEBRITY IN ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY
IS THE PREEMINENT LORD JESUS CHRIST—MAKE HIM YOUR AMERICAN IDOL.