This week TIME magazine released their list of the 100 most influential people for 2013. The list includes musical artists like Jay Z and Christina Aguilera, TV personalities like Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon and many other well known and not so well known people.
The list is like a who’s who of rich people and even richer people who have exerted some sort of influence over the people around them. The Top 100 list comes out every year so this years influential people may not be next years most influential people and 100 years from now most of the people on the list no one will remember.
There is one name however which is conspicuously missing from the list, One wonders why because this person has been influencing people all over the world for the last 2000 years or more. His name is Jesus the Christ.
Don’t scoff just yet because whether people believe in the Bible or not. Whether people believe that Jesus was God in the flesh or not they are still influenced by Him in one way or another. There is not another person throughout history who has changed the shape of the world more then the person of Jesus.
The very fact people argue about the influence Jesus has in the current society is a testament to how much influence Jesus still has today. Think about it, what if Jesus had never existed, there would so many aspects of society which would never have changed for the better.
So this is the short list of some of the influence Jesus has had on the world in the past 2000 or so years. There is a lot more but as John says in the Gospel of John, “If all things Jesus had done were written down, it would take volumes to contain the information.” Maybe next year Jesus will make TIME’s list.
To read part 2 of this list click here
People of faith
Over the century’s millions of people have come to faith in Jesus and His claims and have carried on the message of Him as the risen Savior. Untold numbers of those people, starting with the disciples have lost their lives because of faith. He has definitely influenced millions of people into changing their lives.
The birth of Jesus changed the calendar
The current calendar we have starts with the birth of Jesus. Sure Jesus’ exact birth date might be off by a few yeas but the point is the calendar is based on His birthday. Of course some people have tried to eliminate Jesus from the calendar by changing it to CE (Current Era) and BCE (Before Current Era) but the true calendar remains.
Jesus is at the center of two holidays
Each year there are two holidays which are tied to Jesus’ birth and death, they are Christmas and Easter. Then again people have tried to take Christ out of those holidays too by creating a Santa Claus and Easter Bunny.
The bible is still a best seller
The Bible, which was and is the best selling book of all time, chronicles the history of a promised Savior and then a risen Savior, has been translated into multiple languages so more more people in the world have heard of Jesus then any other person not to mention more Bibles are sold each year then any other books. How’s that for consecutive month’s on the best sellers list.
Jesus’ teaching influenced higher education
The love for Jesus and His teaching has led to a system of institutions of higher learning, which later became know as Cambridge, Harvard and Oxford universities. Well at least they were once dedicated to Biblical teachings.
Jesus’ love for the infirm influenced medicine
Jesus’ love for the people with infirmities, led to the establishment of leper colonies, which in turn led to many of the modern day hospitals. Many of these hospitals were created through the faith of the Catholic Church to helping people.