In preparing for a sermon, I came across this section from the Sermon Bible Commentary. In reflecting on John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches,” W. Lindsay Alexander had this to say about the absolute uniqueness of Christ in human history:
When men speak, as they do now, so much of Jesus Christ as only one amongst the many great teachers and benefactors of our race, does it not occur to them as strange and unaccountable that He alone—He alone of all those whose names have come down to us with this honor attached to them—should, in the midst of this advanced and enlightened age, possess a living power and a devoted and loving following.
The writings of many of the great thinkers of antiquity are still in our hands. We value them for what we think they are worth. But, I ask, over whom do they rule? By whom are their authors reverenced and worshiped?