THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE: HOPE IN THE MIDST OF CORRUPTION AND EVIL
Throughout history, there has always been a struggle between the forces of good and evil, between darkness and light. It was reported in 2003 that out of the past 3400 years, there has only been peace for 268 years, or just 8% of recorded history. But is peace defined as just the absence of war? I think not. Even in the absence of warfare, there is constantly a struggle for justice, fairness and truth.
This Christmas, I would like to reflect on the gift of Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life, (John 14:6) and on the attempts by the forces of darkness to silence him. From the moment he was born, Jesus was a target of Herod who was determined to destroy the truth and the light.
After the birth of Jesus, three wise men set out to pay homage to him, passing Herod on the way. When told about the birth, Herod, called the wise men secretly and told them to “go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him” (Matthew 2:8). Having been warned in a dream, the three wise men did not return to Herod after they had seen baby Jesus, and returned to their country by another route. (Matthew 2:12). When he realised he had been outwitted by the wise men, Herod had all the male babies aged 2 years and under killed. Jesus was finally betrayed and killed but “the Way, the Truth and the Light” did not die because on the third day Jesus rose up again fulfilling what the Scriptures had foretold, the crux of the Easter message and Hope.
In this country, even though we are not engaged in any war, there is a constant fight for truth and justice in the midst of corruption, murders and malicious persecutions. Innocent citizens’ rights are being suppressed by the rich and powerful. Those who are trying to uphold justice, righteousness and good governance are met with harassment, arrest and punishment. The rule of law is replaced by abuse of the law. Whistleblowers, civil rights groups, parliamentarians, academicians – none are spared.
The message I wish to convey this Christmas is that we must never be discouraged even when things seem to be at the darkest. The truth cannot be suppressed forever as the light fights to shine through the darkest cloud. Just as the Way, the Truth and the Light did not die with the death of Jesus, righteousness and justice cannot be forever suppressed by a den of thieves and oppressors. This is because the foundation of God’s throne is righteousness, justice, love and faithfulness as echoed by the psalmist in Psalm 89:14, and He “works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed” (Psalm 103:6).
As Mahatma Gandhi so wisely said, “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always!”
We must take heart – never give up and never give in, for change could be just around the corner.
Blessings for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.