“What Manner of Man Is This?”
“What manner of man is this?”
All religious reformers and messiahs come to live; He came to die.
All others leave monuments and memorials; no one can find His birthplace, grave, nor one possession.
All others write diaries and memoirs; He wrote on the sand.
All others choose their followers from the rich, powerful, and influential; He chose the poor and needy.
All others praise human righteousness; he condemned it.
All others seek those who can help them; He sought those whom He could help.
All others promise success and happiness to their followers; He promised tribulation and suffering.
All others hold their disciples with fear and force; He invited his to leave Him if they would.
All others have palaces, mansions, and headquarters; He had no place to lay his head.
All others reward the most talented with recognition, titles, and honor; He said, “THE LEAST shall be greatest.
All others say, “Follow me; I will show you the way”; He said, “Come to me, I AM THE WAY.”
All others claim to be messengers of God; He said, “He that hath seen me hath seen God!”
All others stay dead; He arose and all of His claims, works, and promises are true because God raised Him from the dead.
By Henry Mahan