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.
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?
Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” (1 Kgs 19:2)
Those words sent Elijah running. When Queen Jezebel threatened to kill him, Elijah was so fearful that he pleaded for the Lord to take away his life. How could it be? Elijah had been so strong in faith—did he not challenge the four-hundred-and-fifty false prophets of Baal and slaughter them all on Mt Carmel?