By Him all things were created … that in all things He may have the preeminence. Colossians 1:16-18
Wikipedia recently released a report based on Skiena and Ward’s book Who’s Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank listing the ten most influential people in human history. Who tops the list? Jesus Christ, of course. Followed by Napoleon Bonaparte, William Shakespeare, Muhammad, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Adolf Hitler, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, and Thomas Jefferson.
It’s undoubtedly true that Jesus of Nazareth is the most influential person who ever lived. But here’s what’s wrong with the list. Jesus Christ is in a class all by Himself. There are no competitors, no rivals. Jesus is unique. He is Lord of all. He is King of kings, Lord of lords, the image of the invisible God. He is Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Preeminent One.
That’s amazing to contemplate. We’d be in sad shape if we had to worship Napoleon or some other name on that list. We don’t want to pray to Shakespeare. We may admire Washington and Lincoln, but they can’t give abundant life. There is only one Jesus, and He alone guides our steps, receives our worship, and gives us everlasting hope. Our Creator and Redeemer. He alone is preeminent. Hallelujah!