The Moore American


June 18, 2014

Who was the first Christian?

MOORE — While we were traveling out of state we noticed a number of different license plates.

Some are colorful, a few are plain, several are mysterious; the personalized license plates that only the owner and the person the message is intended for share the secret. This actually helped occupy time as we traveled trying to come up with reasons for a license plate “CTRL Z.” This probably means something to computer queens, like my sister, but to most of us; we haven’t a clue.

We saw an old black license plate on a car with gold writing. At first we thought it was New York, because we recalled them from the past. But a closer look revealed it was Delaware. In smaller print it read: “The First State.”

My husband and I thought we were pretty good at history, but we certainly couldn’t have verified if Delaware was the first to become a state. Interesting.

So just for fun, with the help of an online search, here are the first 13 states:

1. Delaware – Dec. 7, 1787

2. Pennsylvania – Dec. 12, 1787

3. New Jersey – Dec. 18, 1787

4. Georgia – Jan. 2, 1788

5. Connecticut – Jan. 9, 1788

6. Massachusetts – Feb. 6, 1788

7. Maryland – April 28, 1788

8. South Carolina – May 23, 1788

9. New Hampshire – June 21, 1788

10. Virginia – June 25, 1788

11. New York – July 26, 1788

12. North Carolina, Nov. 21, 1789

13. Rhode Island – May 29, 1790

So this prompted the question: Who was the first Christian? An online search turned up confusing statements. Some feel it was Mary, the Mother of Jesus because she was the first one to believe Jesus was the Son of God and she believed that He died and rose again to save us from our sins. Others think it was John the Baptist because he spent his life telling everyone of Christ.

Perhaps when we get to heaven we will find out who truly was the first Christian, but by then, I doubt that the thought will ever enter our minds. We’ll be too busy worshiping Jesus.

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