One Solitary Life Reborn

Note: The original text was from a sermon by James Allan Francis and found in his book The Real Jesus and Other Sermons published in 1926 by the Judson Press of Philadelphia ( 2 reasons I decided to come up with another version: (1) My wife noticed that the original and revised versions, all titled "One Solitary Life," did not mention Christ's Resurrection. In other words, the "account" is incomplete. If Jesus did not rise again from the dead, it means only one thing: We Christians have not been saved! (2) I noticed the man in the original story preached no message for mankind and yet he is now the centerpiece of the human race. If that life had no meaning, it was indeed one sad solitary life!

One Solitary Life Reborn
Modern Version 3.0 by Frank H, 08Oct2011
one solitary lifeA child 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.
Then for three years
he was an itinerant teacher preaching just one word:
He never owned a home. He never wrote a book.
He never held an office. He never grew a family.
He never went to college.
He never set foot inside a big city.
He never traveled two hundred miles
from the place he was born.
He did none of those things
that usually accompany greatness.
While he was still a young man,
the tide of popular opinion turned against him.
His friends deserted him.
One friend denied him three times.
Another friend turned him over to his enemies,
and he went through the mockery of a trial.
He was made to carry a cross
and then he was nailed between two thieves.
While he was dying, his executioners gambled
for the only piece of property he had - his tunic.
He agonized as his mother watched helplessly.
When he was dead, he was taken down
and laid in a borrowed grave.
Then he came back from the dead and showed that
we are both human and divine as we choose to believe.
Twenty centuries have come and gone,
and today he is the central figure for human progress.
All the armies that ever marched,
all the navies that ever sailed,
all the parliaments that ever sat,
all the marines that ever waded ashore,
and all the kings that ever reigned,
put together
have not affected the life of Man
upon this earth as powerfully as this
one solitary life reborn.

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