By Not Known
This is a season of remembering and of paying tributes.
This past week, Singapore lost her founding father. In his tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said these words, “The first of our founding fathers is no more… We won’t see another like him… Singapore was his abiding passion. He gave of himself, in full measure, to Singapore… As he himself put it towards the end of his life and I quote: “I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life.”” [Published in TODAY, Monday 23 March 2015, p7]
It is appropriate for all Christians in Singapore to thank God for the late Mr Lee, and to pray for his family during this time of mourning (1 Tim 2:2). Thank God for our multi-racial and multi-religious policies that have enabled the Christian community here to worship freely and thrive responsibly.
This coming week, Christians all over the world will also remember their Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ. Our tributes to Jesus can only come from the very words of the Bible. Here are some for our meditation.
Luke 24:7 The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
John 10:10-11 I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
1 Peter 2:24-25 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
We won’t see another Saviour like Jesus. Saving sinners was his abiding passion. Jesus gave his life to serve and gave up his life to save. May we be eternally grateful to the One who was dead, but was raised to life for our hope of heaven! Remember Jesus and worship him alone.