Illustration: Some years ago, the
distinguished publishing house of Grosset & Dunlap brought together a panel
of 28 educators and historians and asked them to select the 100 most
significant events of history, then list those events in order of importance.
After months of labor, the panel reported that they considered the most
significant event of history to be the discovery of America. In second place
was the invention of movable type by Gutenberg. Eleven different events tied
for third place, and five events tied for fourth place. The events tying for
fourth were the writing of the Constitution of our country, the development of
ether, the development of the X, the discovery of the airplane, and the
life of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus tied for fourth.
That should not come to us as any surprise, for in the thinking
of most people our Lord Jesus is an afterthought, an . He's important
at times of baptism and marriage and funerals but not to be considered at other
times. But let me make it clear this morning, so clear that there can be no
mistake about it, that Jesus is not fourth but first. He is not tied with
anybody but triumphant. He is not to be rated, for he is regnant. He is not
just important but altogether imperial.
Jesus is the Lord of Life.
Illustration: When King George III of England
went to hear George Frederick Handel's Messiah for the first time, it is
recorded that on hearing the great chorus which we call today the Hallelujah
Chorus, the king stood not principally out of recognition for the majesty
of the music but principally because he recognized in his head and in his heart
the majesty of the imperial Christ. Jesus is the Lord of life.
Illustration: There is a story that comes to
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