One Solitary Life By James Allan Francis

Throughout history, the influence Jesus had on the lives of people has never been surpassed. No other great leader has inspired so many positive changes in the lives of his followers. People who encounter the risen Christ are totally transformed.  This poem by Dr James Allan Francis beautifully explains the impact of Christ on the entire world.

One Solitary Life by Dr James Allan Francis

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 when public opinion turned against him.

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.