Saturday 9 May, 2015
FROM TRIBULATION O VICTORY IN CHRISTIn this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.(part vs 33)
Martin Luther King, Jr, the American Civil Rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, went to Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in April 1968, to support the strike of the city’s black garbage workers. The night before his assassination, in his memorable and unforgettable speech at the Mason Temple Church, he told his listeners: ‘Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place … I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you … I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.’
King not only proclaimed with power and conviction his belief in Jesus Christ but demonstrated in his life that in the world we ‘will have trouble’ (verse 33). He was prepared to suffer with Christ for a better world. He recognised that Jesus has conquered evil in the world. Therefore, he was ‘not worried about anything’. He was not worried about suffering, pain or death. He courageously faced them. He looked beyond himself to those positive expected changes that will benefit all others.
It was King’s dream that all persons may live in the dignity of being truly human and experience peace and justice in this life. He, like the early disciples, believed that Jesus came from God. So he relentlessly fought in the power of God for all human beings. When we tend to become discouraged, let us remember the words of Jesus, ‘Take heart! I have overcome the world’ (verse 33). Jesus’ victory on the cross is your victory!
Prayer † In a world of injustice and no peace, Lord, we are grateful that you are our justice and peace. Amen.
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) is a fellowship of 75 million Reformed Christians in 214 churches in 107 countries. Its member churches are Congregational, Presbyterian, Reformed and United churches with roots in the 16th-century Reformation led by John Calvin, John Knox and others. WARC has a small secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.