Jesus Is Not Going Away

 

EusebiusThe following is a wonderful tribute to Jesus. It was written long ago by Eusebius of Caesarea (263-339/340 A.D.) in his Church History. Suffused with love for the Savior, Eusebius’ words have the added benefit of detailing apologetically how Jesus wins in the marketplace of ideas, both then and now. His words are a tonic of rightful pride in Jesus Christ and are a confidence sustainer in the times in which we live. These increasingly resemble the polytheistic days of the first centuries A.D.

. . . Jesus is the only one from all eternity who has been acknowledged, even by those highest in the earth, not as a common king among men, but as a the son of the universal God, and who has been worshiped as very God, and that rightly. For what king that ever lived attained such virtue as to fill the ears and tongues of all men on earth with his own name? What king, after ordaining such pious and wise laws, has extended them from one end of the earth to the other, so that they are perpetually read in the hearing of all men? Who has abrogated barbarous and savage customs of uncivilized nations by his gentle and most philanthropic laws? Who, being attacked for entire ages by all, has shown such superhuman virtue as to flourish daily, and remain young throughout his life? Who has founded a nation which of old was not even heard of, but which now is not concealed in some corner of the earth, but is spread abroad everywhere under the sun? Who has so fortified his soldiers with the arms of piety that their souls, being firmer than adamant, shine brilliantly in the contests with their opponents? What king prevails to such an extent and even after death leads on his soldiers, and sets up trophies over his enemies, and fills every place, country and city, Greek and Barbarian, with his royal dwellings, even divine temples with their consecrated oblations and votive offerings, which are themselves so truly great and majestic, worthy of wonder and admiration, and clear signs of the sovereignty of our Saviour? For now, too, he spake and they were made; he commanded and they were created. For what was there to resist the nod of the universal King and Governor and Word of God himself?

Eusebius, The Church History (Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers [Second Series], 1:372-73)