The Matchless Savior

by Richard Mansel, assistant editor
The Museum of Natural History in Washington houses the Hope Diamond. It is a vivid, dark blue diamond that weighs 45.52 carats and is valued at over $200 million. Accordingly, it is one of the most viewed artifacts in the world. But it is likely that within the ground in some corner of the world is a diamond of greater value.
Michael Jordan, Henry Aaron, Wayne Gretzky and Walter Payton were arguably the greatest who ever played their individual sports. Yet, it is likely they will be surpassed.
There is nothing truly matchless except Christ. No one could ever take his place. In Luke 2:33 Joseph and Mary marveled at things spoken of him. In John 7:15 the Jews marveled “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?” (NKJV). In John 7:46 we hear more amazement, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” In Mark 2:12 we read, “Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!'”
Jesus was matchless in his personality. Consider that there was nor never shall be a time when he has not existed. “His goings forth are from old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2).
He has made a greater impact on the world than anyone who ever lived. Ronald Reagan said, “(Christ) had a greater effect on the world than all the rulers, kings, emperors, all the generals and admirals, all the scholars, all the scientists and philosophers who have ever lived, all of them put together.”
Jesus was matchless in his performance. James Hewitt said that “what death did to Jesus is nothing compared to what Jesus did to death.” He lived a perfect life and to this day, he still moves men’s hearts.
Jesus was matchless in His promises. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). He said he would rise again and he did. He promised he will come back and he will (John 14:1-6; Titus 1:2).
Jesus was matchless in his power. He stilled the stormy seas (Mark 4:35-41) and can change our lives as he has the world, if we will allow him to do so (Revelation 3:20).
A story is told about Christian Herter who was running for re-election as governor of Massachusetts. One day he arrived late at a barbecue. Due to his schedule he had missed breakfast and lunch and was famished. As he moved down the serving line, he held out his plate and received one piece of chicken. He asked the lady, “Excuse me, do you mind if I have another piece of chicken? I’m very hungry.” Sternly she said, “I’m supposed to give one piece to everyone.” He said, “but I’m starved!” She repeated, “only one piece to a customer.” Herter got impatient and said, “Madam, do you know who I am? I’m the governor of this state!” She put her hands on her hips and said, “Do you know who I am? I’m the lady in charge of chicken! Now move on!”
We think we are so smart and powerful, yet our abilities and intelligence are puny compared to God. 1 Corinthians 1:25 says, “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
No one will be saved unless he says so (Acts 2:47;Matthew 11:28; 2 Peter 3:9). He is Lord over all! Read Revelation 20:7-10 and be amazed at his power. Even Satan will be powerless against him.

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