Posted by: morgan1965 | April 3, 2015

Easter, Jesus and His Disciple, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, April 3, 2015, we observe Good Friday which is a sacred day on the Christian calendar. On this day, we remember how Jesus was nailed to a wooden cross and left to die an agonizing death. He was taken from that cross and buried in a borrowed tomb.

Tomorrow, April 4, we observe the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. On this day in 1968, Dr. King was killed by an assassin’s bullet as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

On the night that he was betrayed, Jesus took a towel and girded himself so that he could kneel down and wash the feet of his disciples. He assumed the role of a servant as he washed the feet of each person present at the time. Jesus was a man full of love and humility.

On the night before his assassination, Dr. King preached a sermon in which he declared that he had been to the mountaintop. In retrospect, it seems as though King knew that his life was near its end. He had returned to Memphis because he wanted to stand in solidarity with the striking sanitation workers who were pleading for better wages and work conditions. When he was struck down by gunfire, his companions took a towel in an effort to stem the flow of blood from the gaping wound in his neck.

As we tarry at the cross, we see a Jesus who loved the world so much that he gave his life for our sins. When we look at Dr. King, we see a prophetic man who loved Jesus so much that he was willing to lay down his life for his brothers and sisters regardless of their background. To be sure, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his life serving.

Jesus did not have to go to Jerusalem at this particular time. He was not deterred, however, by the signs of grave danger all around him. He wanted to do God’s will. He was a true suffering servant, the Good Shepherd.

Martin Luther King did not have to return to Memphis. He could have heeded the warnings not to return and stayed in Atlanta or traveled to some other American city. He did not know what was going to happening in the bleak days of 1968; however, he just wanted to do God’s will. He wanted to serve all of God’s people, red and yellow, black and white.

Because Jesus lived, Martin Luther King, Jr. was empowered to teach people to love their neighbor; and because Martin Luther King, Jr. lived, we are able to live life more freely, since the days of the civil rights demonstrations in America.

Easter is about death and Resurrection. Christ is not dead. He has risen. Hallelujah.


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