Yesterday, the Roman Catholic Church has celebrated the feast day of St. John Paul II. In the Philippines, it is customary for his devotees to pray in churches and venerate his relics when they find one.
There are many great people who have lived in our world – Nelson Mandela, Alexander the Great, Confucius, Thomas Edison, etc. all with their accomplishments and legacy left behind even after their deaths. They changed the world in one way or another.
Reading a book about this people, I came across one person which is different from the rest – Jesus Christ. The entry of the book states birthdate as 3-7 BCE and death as 33 AD? (with a question mark). This may suggest that the researches are uncertain on whether 33 AD is the actual year of death. For Christians, the question mark may suggest even something greater, and the reason why He is different from the rest – He rose from death after three days. The question mark does not lie, for it can also mean doubt on whether He died but was rather resurrected and remains alive today – seated next to God’s throne.
When we look at it, being great isn’t just about leaving legacy behind – it also means serving the people. Jesus Christ served the people of Israel and died for our sins. In his saving grace, He left behind a legacy – legacy that we have been pardoned for our sins, and that we, like Him, will be resurrected at the end of time to be with the Lord forever.
Now, the greatest among the greats join the ranks and even greater than the rest. The news indeed of Salvation is great!