By Taylor G. Bunch
History is chiefly the record of the character and exploits of men and women who exerted the greatest influence upon their generation and nation. We cannot think of the Babylonian Empire apart from Nebuchadnezzar, its greatest ruler, and Daniel, its greatest statesman. Cyrus, Darius Hystaspes, and Xerxes made Persian history. Greece revolved around a small galaxy of mighty men, including Socrates, Plato, and Alexander.
Roman history was made by a few generals, scholars, and Caesars. Modern nations owe their existence and reputation to their national heroes. The careers and influence of Earth’s mighty men and women, however, have been short-lived. Like shooting stars, they blazed amid darkness for a few brief moments, then burned out and disappeared into virtual oblivion.
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.” John 12:32
Just as national history and heroes are inseparable
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Sidney Collett, The Scripture of Truth; John Cunningham Geikie, The Life and Words of Christ, pp. 2, 3.
Taylor G. Bunch (1885–1969) was a religious writer. He authored several books, including The Ten Commandments: The Law of Liberty, The Perfect Prayer, and The Beatitudes. Adapted from Behold the Man, 1946, public domain.