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It is said that Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, Aristotle for 40 and Jesus for only three. Yet the influence of Christ’s ministry transcends the impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from these men who were among the greatest ancient philosophers. Jesus painted no pictures; yet some of the finest paintings of Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci received their inspiration from him.
Jesus wrote no poetry; but Dante and Milton, and scores of the world’s greatest poets were inspired by him.
Jesus composed no music; still Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelssohn reached their highest perfection of melody in the hymns, symphonies and oratories they composed in his praise. Every sphere of human greatness has been enriched by this humble carpenter of Nazareth.
“All hail the power of Jesus’’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all.”
Jesus should be crowned Lord of all, because he is the savior. “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).