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Jesus - Abuse and Embarrassment
Many of us have become acquainted with the name Jesus Christ by hearing it used as a swear word!
JESUS: Abuse & Embarrassment
Many, of us have become acquainted with the name Jesus Christ by hearing it used as a swear word! Here’s a man who has the largest group of followers on planet earth and his name is most familiar to us as a term of abuse!
Just mention the name of Jesus either in the East or the West and it’s a sure thing that everyone will stop. Most folks are embarrassed by his name and some are downright hostile. There are some who are deeply in love with Jesus. But always the reaction to his name is pretty immediate. This certainly doesn’t happen when you mention Buddha, or Mohammed, or Lenin. No one uses their names as a swear word. And no one gets too hot and bothered when they hear their names being spoken about.
While it’s hard to understand the use of Christ’s name as a swear word, it is on odd recognition that this man is different. Dr. James Allen Francis captures the heart of why Jesus is different in a short piece called…..
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village, where he worked in a carpenter’s shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He did not go to college. He never visited a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness. He had no credentials but himself.
He was only 33 when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today he remains the central figure of the human race, and the leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on this planet so much as that one solitary life.