Dr Howard Kelly always wore a button with a question mark on it. He was constantly asked for the reason he always wore it, to which he asked in reply, “What do you think is the greatest thing in all the world?” Knowing they were speaking to one of the most renowned surgeons of the time, many replied “Health.” Others replied that love, family, security etc were the greatest things in the world.
Dr Kelly would then reply, “No! The BIGGEST QUESTION in all the world is ‘What think ye of Christ?’ and the GREATEST THING IN ALL THE WORLD is to KNOW CHRIST.”
The late Dr. Howard A. Kelly was professor of gynaecology at Johns Hopkins University. He held honorary degrees from the Universities of Pennsylvania, Washington and Lee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. He was one of the four great men who made Johns Hopkins famous and he was a pioneer in the field of gynaecology and radium therapy, as well as in the field of medical illustrations. His published works were unsurpassed in his day.
Taken from Dr Kelly’s writings: (remember he is a renowned gynaecologist)
I have been intimately associated with eminent scientific workers, have heard them discuss the most profound questions, and have myself engaged in scientific work and so know the value of their opinions in science and religion.
I believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God, without human father, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. I believe that all men are sinners by nature, alienated from God, and that, when we were thus utterly lost in sin, the Son of God Himself came down to earth and, by shedding His blood upon the cross, paid the infinite penalty of the guilt of the whole world. I believe that he who thus receives Jesus Christ as his Saviour is born again spiritually, as definitely as in his first birth, and, so born spiritually, has new privileges, appetites, and affections and will live and grow with Him forever. I believe also that no man can save himself by good works or by what men call a “moral life,” while good works are the necessary fruits and evidence of Faith.
Would you agree with Dr Kelly that to KNOW CHRIST is the greatest thing in the world?
My experience is no where near as great as his, but I certainly agree with Him.
The REALITY of the living Christ cannot be denied. That He CHOSE to be my Saviour and CHOOSES to be my Companion is incomprehensible but true!