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TODAY’S WORLD: One above all others

The fifty “most inspirational people”…..

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We are living at a time when surveys are constantly being taken in order to determine consumer habits and find out people’s preferences. All kinds of matters are brought before the public, and results are then carefully analyzed. Raconteur Media recently contacted two thousand of its readers in order to discover who they thought were the fifty “most inspirational people” in the world.





The results were interesting and produced a few surprises. The poll was quite wide-ranging and did not restrict these “inspirational people” to any particular time scale. Some of the names that emerged were therefore from long ago, while others chosen were contemporary figures. Those recognized came from all walks of life too. There were political figures. Martin Luther King, leader of the Civil Rights Movement, who was assassinated in 1968 featured in the poll, as well as Gandhi (leader of the Indian Independence Movement), and former South African president, Nelson Mandela. There were people associated with religion: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the prophet Mohamed, and Jesus Christ were listed. The names of playwright Oscar Wilde, and Anne Frank (Jewish victim of the Nazi holocaust) also appeared. Computer scientist Alan Turing, and businesswoman cum TV personality Karren Brady (now also a Tory life peer) also appeared in the list. “The most inspirational person of all time” was sought, and each one nominated was said to have generated “sustained inspiration”.





Interesting as the results of the poll were, one name stood out from all the rest. It was the name of Jesus Christ. It is wrong to lump Him with all the others because He was unique. The other people in the poll either have died or will die, but Jesus Christ rose from death and lives again! None of the other people listed are immortal. What makes Him stand apart from the rest? Consider the following testimony, given by Simon Peter on the Day of Pentecost:


Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know; Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it.”  (Acts 2:22—24)





Two perspectives need to be considered here. As far as man was concerned, “wicked hands” crucified the Lord Jesus Christ — though He had done nothing to deserve death. But from God’s side there was no mistake in what happened. The perfect life that Jesus lived was “approved of God” by the miracles that He wrought, and they could not be denied. Although condemned to die by men, His death was actually according to “the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God” and had been planned from eternity. He came into this world from heaven in order to die for guilty men and women. No other “inspirational figure” did anything to compare with that supreme act of sacrifice!



The Lord Jesus Christ is more than an “inspirational figure” for sure. Although it is true that His life and death have inspired many people, what He did is in a class far above the others selected for their achievements and influence. He is the Son of God, and He came into this world to give His life for us. Many today see Him as nothing more than a figure of history — someone who, admittedly, made a mark. To name Him with the forty-nine other “inspirational people” is an enormous mistake. He stands apart from all others because He is the Son of the Living God.