Alexander the Great is considered one of the most successful generals of all time. But he died at the young age of 32 and his empire was divided up several different ways. Maybe he wasn’t so great after all.
Here’s some more people who have “the great” tacked onto their names—see how many you know:
Peter the Great (1672–1725), Catherine the Great (1729–1796), Roman the Great (after 1160–1205), Frederick the Great (1712–1786), Mubarak the Great (1840–1915), and Charlemagne, a.k.a., Charles the Great (died 814).
How did you do? Remember any? Even if you remembered some of them from history class, how many of them really influence us today?How many really deserve to have “great” tacked on their names? None. Zip.
Now, it’s true that there are people from history whose influence still is felt today. Muhammad, Buddha, Charles Darwin, Abraham Lincoln, just to name a few. But are they really great? Didn’t they do bad things as well as good things in their lives? Were they perfect? Did they have godly ideas?
There is only one person who can truly be called great, and that is Jesus. And Jesus is great in ways that no human being could even come close to being great. I mean, first, our text tells us that…