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PAGE 10 THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 20, 1974 je 00us' Work of Salvcrtion Is the Great U inished Business Jesus lives. BACK IN THE 1950s, when Archbishop Fulton Sheen had his weekly TV show, he made a comment about Jesus which I'll never forget. The eminent speaker said that Jesus was so unique, he "Split time into B.C. and A.D." No matter what a man believes or doesn't believe, no one can deny, said Cambridge theologian C.H. I)odd, that with the earning of Jesus, "A whole new era in relations between God and man had set in." GOD INTERVENED in human history in the person of Jesus and the world would never be the same again. People can accept or reject Jesus, but the overhwelming evidence both in His lifetime and in the centuries following, is that onee, and only once, did the world experience such a person. JESUS WAS different and the two things that made Him unique in his lifetime were (1) His message, and (2) what He said about Himself. His message was strange for the world of His times - precisely because it was un- worldly. He didn't eome with a do-it-yourself-kit on how to make it comfortably as a Jew in the discomforting hands of the Romans - a message most of His countrymen would have preferred and probably un- derstood. By Antoinette Bosco OF ALL the good men who have made an impact on the world, one alone stands out .as absolutely different and unique - Jesus. Sometimes the attempt has been made to classify Him in the same breath as Mohammed or Buddha or some other good religious leader. Sometimes He has been reduced to the category of a nice teacher of moral values. HE HAS BEEN praised, admired, vitlified, hated, followed, rejected, loved and cursed. He has been denied, and re- crucified. Yet, He has never been put to death for keeps. INSTEAD, HE continually spoke of God, calling Him, for the first time in history, our "Father" and insisting that everything about man makes sense ONLY when be's plugged into the Kingdom of God. What was even more shocking was Jesus' proclamation that loving, generous and forgiving; Even in the other tehchi[[  that the good man is the one who method He used, the parabl . f lives !n keeping with his Jesus never let up on we Fathers word, accepting the message - that God is i,ef .... illHr0n mystery of God's promise that trinsieally bound up wlm - ,--. in the end, life will triumph over even in all the ordinary asped'l,.r death, of his life, that the Kingdom 0Earn It was the most jarring piece God is related to every daem of Good News that could fall on events. N the Kingdom of God was hap- human ears--because to accept ws,[EC pening NOW, that the ,decisive it meant that a man had to IF THE MESSAGE ly turning point in human history change radically, and change is strangely topsy-turv to . ' washere. Salvation wastheirs -- discomforting and painful, i,al,t ,,]o o,Yrllatl0 e. ' but not for the Asking, only for atihi,i'!ma!i;oTeri I the doing, in love, as Jesus Himself was demonstrating. IN HIS SPECIFIC teachings  Kingdom not of this world,]_ about how men should live, even more diffieult to grasp Vt..of AND EVEN the poor had the Jesus shattered the sacred cows . the unprecedented way in whl .(. Gospel -- the Good News -- of pious externals, and pointed Jesus identified Himself iir preached to them: that God had out that the Kingdom of God the message. - h intervened in human events to begins on the inside, in the heart In effect, what He said s; let His people know their pur- of man, in his conversion to pose in life; that He is a Father, love. SEE JESUS ON PAGi Seasons Greet,ngs .+  3 `+` +'LmJ ""'of ooOd t,'+eno,, o,,d ix,- [ ........... Irons a very Ioyous [ & l kLkllKIt ] Beach Abstract & Guaranty Co. +,  JMtflJe Chdstmas[ "  i +  z.,=,. "n,..    --,,,,--..--. --- .,- --.- i CONSTRUCTION COMPANY m,s w.    it ISt.t.K HAKUWAKL 5UMrANI [ From Russell If. + William E. Clark LWR,, Adi'!._ 7.  1015 Main St. Little Rock it 2900-2923 Barber Ave. * Phone 375-0107 i r_ BLUE HILL GARAGE Blue H,II ++1 IL MOBIL " IA III I SERVICE SI'AIlION PIHme 851 9916 | (Wrecker Serwce) ! it.m m4sTs 10501-10505 Conway Hwy, N.L.It., Ark. 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