Something to Think About

I’m reading a great book titled “The True Measure of a Man”.  It contains a quote that I had never seen before, words that Napoleon wrote at the end of his life:

“I die before my time and my body shall be given back to the earth and devoured by worms.  What an abysmal gulf between my deep miseries and the eternal Kingdom of Christ.  I marvel that whereas the ambitious dreams of myself and of Alexander and of Caesar should have vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant – Jesus – should be able to stretch his hands across the centuries and control the destinies of men and nations.”

Here are three famous men – Alexander the Great, Caesar, and Napoleon – seeking to control the world by power. When we see their lives contrasted with one man, Jesus, the humble life of a carpenter, we marvel at how truly extraordinary He was and is, that the world has been so powerfully changed through His simple life of humility.