BY RODNEY TILLEY, PASTOR VAN HORN COMMUNITY CHURCH
A good pastor friend of mine, Pastor H, from Philadelphia, recently paid the ultimate sacrifice for living in the inner city and ministering in a church there.
He lost his lovely young daughter to a homicidal accident and it did not make any sense at all to me. I was left with wondering, “Why?â€ Later after her funeral, as we were talking, he made the statement, “I do not know what I would do without Jesus.â€ He was still talking of the comfort and peace he felt, even in the midst of turmoil and chaos. But I must admit I was having my doubts as I tried to figure it all out.
It started me thinking but in an opposite way, for I took the sentence and asked myself the same question but answered in the negative instead of the positive. In my mind, I began to make a list of things I would do if I did not know Jesus as my Lord and my God.
â€¢I would worry a lot and spend sleepless nights trying to understand our world.
â€¢I would fear death and never attend funerals again, for they would remind me of only of my frailty.
â€¢I would trust no one and would be constantly looking over my shoulder for some hint of danger.
â€¢I would suspect all of my friends of ulterior motives, for they had disappointed me too many times in the past.
â€¢I would be angry at life for its many ups and downs.
â€¢I would be depressed from anger and bitterness.
â€¢I would seek to be entertained to be happy, for I would possess no happiness from within.
â€¢I would become addicted, for that lack of happiness would lead me to seek happiness elsewhere.
â€¢I would try to believe only in me, and I would disappoint myself.
In fact, if I did not have Jesus in my life, I would be miserable and would hate myself for having been born. But today, we can, I can, stand with my pastor friend and even in times of bitterness and despair know the joy and comfort of Christâ€™s presence.
Jesus said, “This is a parting gift for you. Peace. I donâ€™t leave you the way youâ€™re used to being left- feeling abandoned, bereft. So donâ€™t be upset. Donâ€™t be distraught. (John 14:27). In fact later he tells us to be of “good cheer.â€
So, Pastor H., “What would any of us do without Jesus?â€™ I guess not much of anything good, and thanks for reminding us again. For more information on this “peaceâ€ please call: Pastor Tilley at 432-207-0015.