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One Solitary Life

One Solitary Life


He was born in an obscure village The child of a peasant woman

He grew up in another obscure village Where he worked in a carpenter shop Until he was thirty

He never wrote a book

He never held an office

He never went to college

He never visited a big city

He never travelled more than two hundred miles From the place where he was born

He did none of the things

Usually associated with greatness

He had no credentials but himself

He was only thirty three

His friends ran away

One of them denied him

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 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 Jesus is the central figure of the human race And the leader of mankind's progress

All the armies that have ever marched

All the navies that have ever sailed

All the parliaments that have ever sat

All the kings that ever reigned put together

Have not affected the life of mankind on earth

As powerfully as that one solitary life.


Dr James Allan © 1926.


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