Nelson Mandela died yesterday at the age of 95. The former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner is known the world over for promoting freedom and racial harmony. He will also be remembered for conducting himself with grace and a forgiving spirit.
Mandela was not always so appreciated. Leaders of his own country once considered him a threat, therefore he spent 27 years in prison. It wasn’t until his later years that his greatness was recognized.
In the same way, many people didn’t understand who Jesus really was. Some leaders saw him as a threat, so they had him falsely charged and then killed. However, many soon realized their mistake, and they proclaimed that this crucified and resurrected man really was the Son of God and the Savior of the world.
Do you acknowledge the greatness of Jesus?
“He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”—John 1:11-12.