People are often remembered by remarkable discoveries, critical innovations, or monumental achievements because of their impact on human history and society. Those accomplishments are typically summarized in a person’s epitaph. For example, the epitaph of Thomas Jefferson reads:
HERE WAS BURIED THOMAS JEFFERSON, AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, OF THE STATUTE OF VIRGINIA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, AND FATHER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA.
“Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.” (Ps 84:5)
Have you ever felt like your life is shattered by the unpredictable trouble and fear in recent years from the global pandemic, inflation boom, growing violence, and numerous natural disasters? It is hard to feel secure about our life and surroundings. The world is full of uncertainty, afflictions, and tears. Yet, we all need to face and pass through our journey of life to make the pilgrimage.
Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. —Matthew 15:28
The manifestation of miracles is related to the faith of the seeker. The miracle of healing the Gentile woman’s demon-possessed daughter is one example. The Canaanite woman, who humbled herself to beg for mercy despite the Lord’s harsh words, demonstrated not only her great faith but also persistence in seeking God’s mercy and grace.
“Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” (Jn 17:11)
The Lord Jesus’ prayer of separation from the disciples in John 17 (v. 11, 21, 22) is a special prayer for the disciples’ unity. It can be seen that what the Lord Jesus cared about most was that the disciples could not be united after He left. Apostle Paul warns believers to be careful, if they bite each other, he is afraid that they will destroy each other (Gal 5:15).
Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you had never come to know Jesus? Just look at a blind man whose world is pitch dark! Without Jesus we would not know the truth, and the simple answer to life’s most fundamental questions would be a teasing enigma. Without Jesus we would have no assurance of a rewarding and meaningful life traversing eternity. Without Him we would not even know how to love, or how to live in peace with each other. We would have no one to rely on, and no one before whom we could pour out our hearts in distress and sorrow. So how can anyone who does not have Jesus in his or her life be truly happy and satisfied?