So many superlatives have died this year. Superlatives are people who are described as being a cut above others in some way. One after another, we have witnessed a veritable parade of famous people passing from this life into eternity.
Here are a few of the superlatives who made history and touched lives…
• Walter Cronkite – the most trusted man in America
• Steve McNair – NFL Most Valuable Player in 2003
• Billy Mays – one of the most successful infomercial salesmen
• Michael Jackson – the most successful and most tragic pop rock star
• Farrah Fawcett – had the most famous poster in 1976
• Millvina Dean – the youngest passenger on the Titanic
• Mickey Carroll – the most famous munchkin (town crier in The Wizard of Oz)
• Henry Allingham – the world’s oldest man (113-years-old, WWI veteran)
It’s interesting how a few words will tend to summarize an entire life. And such brief lives – even for the 113-year-old! There are clues to the contributions these people made to the world they left behind. But what about their beliefs? Where in eternity have they gone?
The key to their eternal destiny was not what they did or didn’t do; not what they had or didn’t have. The determining factor in their final destination was who they knew … or didn’t know. The same is true for you and me.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14.6). No mincing of words there, no special factors involved – just truth.
To get to the Heavenly Father, we must go through the only door available, the door provided by God the Father, the ultimate superlative: Jesus Christ.
Jesus gave us the greatest commandment, whose name is above all names, the most influential person who ever lived, who is not only the best Savior, not just the greatest Savior, but the only Savior. We know where He has gone: to the Father’s right hand and by trusting in Jesus, we are there with Him right now.