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We will all be remembered in life for either the problems we solve or the ones that we help create. We are all born to make an impact whether it be positive or negative. I am acquainted with a man who once lived and still does, who I have solely credited as having made the most exceeding impact on the history of mankind and will never be surpassed by any other.

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We will all be remembered in life for either the problems we solve or the ones that we help create. We are all born to make an impact whether it be positive or negative. I am acquainted with a man who once lived and still does, who I have solely credited as having made the most exceeding impact on the history of mankind and will never be surpassed by any other. An Unknown Author once said that “Nature forms us, sin deforms us, school informs us, Christ transforms us.”  We came into this world via our mother giving birth to us. Our conception and birth deform us by the sin of our Adamic nature. We walk through life informing our minds via the instrumentality of formal education or by tacit or experiential knowledge. When it comes to the transformation of life, only Christ can do that. Martin Luther, the German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation, in his days writing about this man said, “In his life Christ is an example, showing us how to live; in his death he is a sacrifice, satisfying for our sins; in his resurrection, a conqueror.  In his ascension, a king; in his intercession, a high priest.” 

“He was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like she have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth.” — The Bible, Isaiah 53:5-7 (AV).

Christ made the highest impact ever by dying for our sins as our substitute. He suffered immensely to give us a channel and access back to the Father.  He is the Way—yes, and the Truth and the Life.  You are doomed to be eternally separated from God unless you go through Him. [1] He is the sole access back to God. This access came by His passion, His suffering, His death, His resurrection, and His ascension back to heaven. Mel Gibson in his 2004 debut movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” attempted to depict Christ’s passion, suffering, death, and crucifixion—a fabulous attempt in my opinion. In the film, the main characters amongst others—Christ and His mother Mary—were played by the actor and actress, Jim Caviezel and Maia Morgenstern, respectively and they did an excellent job in their character portrayal. Mel Gibson’s depiction of the death of Christ in the movie was gruesome—with scenes that still send chills down my spine on how Christ was tortured and then crucified. However, this was just an enactment. Have you ever imagined the pain and agony Christ must have gone through in other to become the perfect sacrifice and bridge the gap across the vast chasm of sin that separates us from God? Christ made the most notable impact ever, and none can ever surpass it.

He paid the debt He did not owe; we owed a debt we could not pay.

For every sin that you commit, there is a price to pay—there is a debt owed. [2] You cannot pay for the debt of your sin with all the monies of the world put together. The score of transgression can only be met with a “sinless” life—mark the word, a life with no iota of transgression or disobedience. [3] If you cannot present yourself faultless, then be sure that after this life, you will be weighed on the scales of God’s balance and you will be found guilty.  Before you cast the first stone criticizing this writing, make sure you have no sin in you. [4] Everyone on this planet has sinned and come short of the expectation of God, no man or woman, living or dead can say that they have no sin. [5] Through Father’s love, He provided a means of escape through the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus Christ. [6] Only one person has lived without sin; died without sin; resurrected without sin; and transitioned back to heaven without sin—that is the person of Jesus Christ. He paid a debt He did not owe, we owed a debt that we could not pay.  In our helpless estate, we needed someone to stand in our place and pay the debt of sin.  Christ paid the debt of sin.  He carried our sins on His body. [7] By sacrificing Himself, He freed all who will believe in the redemptive work He did on the cross from their sins. [8] Now, every tribe, language, nation, and race have free access to God the Father only through believing in His sacrifice. [9] He made the greatest impact, and none will ever surpass it.

“If the life and death of Socrates are those of a sage, the life and death of Jesus Christ are those of a God.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Everyone reading this column owes Christ for the debt He paid. He does not want your money—by the way, He owns everything in the whole cosmos including all the galaxies and planets. So, He owns what you own—it’s His. [10] The only payment He wants for the love He has expressed to the whole of mankind is your heart. [6] He is whispering to you right now as you read this article, “I want your heart. I want your soul. I want your spirit. I want your body. I want you. Give me your heart, let me abide in you. As I stand at the door of your heart now knocking, I am whispering, and I am saying—Give me access to your soul.” [11] He wants access to your soul. He wants to build a relationship with you. He wants to give you the very best in life. He wants to make you become the intended best version of yourself at your creation. He wants you to achieve the purpose of your design. [12] You can have the debt of sin forgiven by accepting Christ into your heart today. Open the door of your heart to Him today as He whispers to you.  Do not harden your heart, do not shut your ears to his whisper. [13] He made the greatest impact, and none will ever surpass it. You can be a recipient of His love by believing Him and the accepting the debt He paid today. Christ has solved the problem of sin. Do not remain in sin. Christ is our connection back to God. Crossover to God by believing in the sacrificial work that Christ has done on the sin-canceling Cross of Calvary. Remember, He made the greatest impact, and none will ever surpass it.

Christ is the Bridge that connects us to God.

Augustine of Hippo once said that “Christ is not valued at all unless he is valued above all.” Friends, you need to value Christ above all things in your life and earthly existence. You cannot place a value on the price that He paid for your soul. He paid for all your sins with His own blood. You must value this sacrifice above all if you desire to see God and spend the afterlife with Him. I cannot agree more with what a Victor Hugo once said that “Pythagoras, Epicurus, Socrates, Plato, these are the torches of the world; Christ the Light of day.” He is the Light of the world, then you need to run towards him out of the darkness of sin. [14] If you keep on shunning the Light and fail to embrace it timely, then you will eventually stumble into “outer darkness,” a place of eternal separation and punishment from God in the afterlife. Remember, it is forever. The pain and anguish will never end. There will be weeping and grinding of teeth ad infinitum. [15] He made the greatest impact, and he wants you to be part of this impact.

“Christ would have lived, and taught, and preached, and prophesied, and wrought miracles in vain, if he had not crowned all by dying for our sins as our substitute!  His death was our life. His death was the payment of our debt to God. Without his death, we should have been of all creatures most miserable.” — J. C. Ryle, Practical Religion

Finally, I have read about men who have made an impact in their days, and there are still men making a strong impression in our days likewise. However, I stand by the opinion that this man, Christ, made an impact on mankind, through his passion and sacrifice, that surpasses all the excellent intentions of all human beings put together as one. You cannot compare His impact to anything or anyone. It is exceptional and unequaled by anything on earth and beyond. Blaise Pascal in his days once said that “Jesus Christ is the center of all and the goal to which all tends,” and I totally agree with him. He is expressly asking all mankind to draw closer to Him. If you draw close to Him, He will draw close to you. [16] A man who made such a sinless sacrifice and impact is worthy to be trusted and should be believed in. I do, do you?

References [1]. John 14:6. [2]. Romans 6:23. [3]. Hebrews 9:22. [4]. John 8:7. [5]. Romans 3:23. [6]. John 3:16. [7]. 1 Peter 2:24. [8]. Revelations 1:5. [9]. Revelations 5:9. [10]. Psalms 24:1; Psalms 50:10. [11]. Revelation 3:20. [12]. Jeremiah 29:11. [13]. Hebrews 3:15; Psalm 95:8. [14]. John 8:12. [15]. Matthew 22:13. [16]. James 4:8. [The Living Bible (TLB)].

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Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze is an entrepreneur and the Founder, CEO, Editor-In-Chief of Oaekpost, LLC, a U.S.-based online media company and the parent organization of www.oaekpost.com. He is a multi-niche writer with a wide range of interests in various genres. Agom-Eze is based in the Greater Seattle Area, Washington, and can be reached at ogb@oaekpost.com.

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