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The historic significance of Jesus of Nazareth

I am a historian, I am not a believer. But I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.” – H.G. Wells

Born as a babe in a manger in Bethlehem. Circumcised, then presented to the Lord in Jerusalem. Back in Bethlehem for a while. Whisked away by Joseph into Egypt. Then in Nazareth of Galilee, where he ends up spending the majority of his life.

It amazes me that such an incredible impact was made upon the history of this world by a man who spent the majority of his 35-40 years upon this earth travelling to and fro throughout an area no bigger than about ninety square miles. What a man that must have been!

Yet that is just what Jesus did. He was in Judea for a while before withdrawing back into Galilee after the arrest of his cousin John, and while it appears he attended the yearly feasts in Jerusalem, aside from a few brief stints in Samaria and the regions of Tyre and Sidon, Jesus spent the majority of his days never too far from the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Ninety square miles. He had no internet and he never penned a single word, yet look at what he did to change the course of human history! Pretty impressive, if you ask me.

This is the one whom I call Lord. You would do well to give ear to his story.

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2 thoughts on “The historic significance of Jesus of Nazareth

  1. This, to me, has always seemed one of the strongest arguments for the Resurrection.

    Posted by Bill | February 11, 2012, 6:53 pm
  2. I agree.

    Posted by Josh | February 12, 2012, 1:55 am

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