Rev. Tommy Jackson
‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’
“Ye men of Galilee why stand ye gazing up into Heaven”
Some years ago in Athens, Greece there lived a man who much of his life was a militant. He felt that the power in life had become political, as so many believe today.
The caption in the top left hand corner of a newspaper read: “Seek ye first political kingdoms — and all these things — shall be added unto you”.
Many people felt that political kingdoms and military kingdoms were the order of the day. But Rev. Dr. King, Jr. knew better. He read his bible often and he knew what the word of God had to say about it.
He could have told us the bible says: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you”.
This man I’m speaking of stood in the market place at Athens Greece; challenging the minds of young people and all who would hear him.
Later in life he decided to set out on a quest to determine what truth, real truth, really was. One day as he stood in the market place at Athens, Greece; he said to his audience, “see that building over there”; when all eyes were fasten on the building, he said, “that’s not the real building”.
Then to baffle them even more, he said, “you see me standing here”; when all eyes were fasten on him he said, “this is not the real me”.
They said this man that once captured the minds and imaginations of the people of our community has gone crazy with his strange philosophy. “What does he mean, talking about, that’s not the real building and this is not him standing before us”.
What he was saying, the building, the house, even the shell in which we live is more than a mere manifestation of human thought, building material and protoplasm.
However, the real building is in the mind of the creator. One can destroy tall buildings and even this old body of ours, as they did Dr. King and Jesus. But as long as the originator is alive, and Christ is alive today and forever more, the building may be reproduced over and over again.
Those who stump over truth, they try to burn it, kill it, but it always comes back again.
Well, for this strange philosophy he espoused in Athens, Socrates was condemned to death. But the night before his final hour, his chief disciple and friend, Plato, came to him and said, “master, let us free you from this place. I have men all around this dungeon. And at the sound of my bugle, they’ll swoop down upon this place and set you free.
Socrates said to Plato, “you don’t understand what this is all about”. Many may not understand what Christ’s death was all about.
Socrates proceeded to said to Plato, “I am not here because they put me here. I am here because I choose to be here. There are some principles and values I believe in that no one can take from me.”
This reminds me of the words of Jesus in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God has a plan for your life and Jesus has prepared the way and a place just for you. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me”.
So, what you do on tomorrow Plato, wipe your tears away.
Family and friends what you do on today and tomorrow
When you see me drink my bitter cup and rise to worlds unknown: Socrates said, Rev. Dr. King said, “Catch me if you can”.
However, King Jesus said: “Come unto Me... and ye shall find rest unto your souls”.
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