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.

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.

Twenty 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 this one solitary life.

Jesus, Son of God, Savior of the world, the Meaning of Life
  "I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me."  Jesus, in John 14:6, The Bible

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