Napoleon rose from unknown artillery lieutenant to world-famous conqueror. He had about him, an acquaintance said, the sound of “impetuous wind” blowing. Those not so near still were astonished “by his energy and activity”, without understanding the danger he posed. Age of Napoleon, 124
Every person of influence had some distinguishing feature. General Washington had an imperial appearance that kept people from familiarity. One of his friends bet an acquaintance that he could go up to the General and pound him on his back in greeting. He did so and won the bet. But he told his friend that the look Washington gave him was so icy he wouldn’t repeat it for any amount of money.
Jesus Christ had the strongest of all historical personalities; to say nothing of it being the most pleasant and positive of all historical personalities. Whose very spiritual dynamic invited seekers to come close. Whose most hopeless of humans found him their willing champion.
He hasn’t been an overwhelming presence in history without having a pillar-of-light-and-fire nature. To this day devotees of other religions love him. This writer once talked with a Moslem. When I mentioned Jesus to him he broke into a smile and said Jesus was his favorite person.
How then could he be less than God Almighty in the Flesh to his disciples? When to this day our minds expand and our hearts pound as we read his word. The effervescence natural to him pours out a beckoning radiance far in excess of any halo artists paint around his head. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, what other witness would he bear of Jesus except as THE LIVING LORD!