One Solitary Life

In 1926, Dr. James Allan Francis penned these words – 

He 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 when public opinion turned against him


He never wrote a book 

He never held an office 

He never went to college 

He never visited a big city 

He never travelled more than two hundred miles 

From the place where he was born 

He did none of the things 

Usually associated with greatness 

He had no credentials but himself 


He was only thirty three 


His friends ran away 

One of them denied him 

He was turned over to his enemies 

And went through the mockery of a trial 

He was nailed to a cross between two thieves 

While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing 

The only property he had on earth 


When he was dead 

He was laid in a borrowed grave 

Through the pity of a friend 


Nineteen centuries have come and gone 

And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race 

And the leader of mankind’s progress 

All the armies that have ever marched 

All the navies that have ever sailed 

All the parliaments that have ever sat 

All the kings that ever reigned put together 

Have not affected the life of mankind on earth 

As powerfully as that one solitary life 

Dr James Allan Francis © 1926.
In Mark 1:40-45 Mark describes the lonely places Jesus resorted to due to the popularity he was experiencing.  The leprous man, healed by the touch of the Master, disobeyed the strong warning Jesus had issued.  

Isn’t it strange that one commanded not to spread the good news, defiantly disobeyed and those of us commanded to spread the news keep our lips sealed?  

May God help us to use our individual lives to reflect something of that Solitary life of Jesus Christ.  We have a message to get out.   The gospel story revealing God’s mercy to us as Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures needs to be communicated.

I conclude this post with the concluding Scripture we encouraged each other with in our Discipling group this evening in Oshawa. 

“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.”  (1 Corinthians 15:58)


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