Let’s see a show of hands. How many of us were taught about the 25th American President, William McKinley? He did not abolish slavery in the U.S.A., but he led the U.S. to victory in the Spanish-American War. He did not encourage us to explore the New Frontier, but he raised protective tariffs to promote American industry.
Of course the credit for abolishing slavery goes to President Abraham Lincoln. The credit for beginning to explore the New Frontier (space) goes to President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Just as the revered Kennedy and Lincoln, President William McKinley was shot to death, assassinated. I must have been sleeping in my seat the day we were taught that fact in history class.
So, what’s the point? The point is, President William McKinley made the ultimate sacrifice, and he hardly seems to be remembered. Kennedy’s ember is dying, and most of us no longer celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, but instead, Presidents’ Day, honoring all of the U.S. presidents. Before long, Kennedy and Lincoln may become a footnote in the American History books, and eventually nearly forgotten, like McKinley.
What about another great man, Jesus, the Christ incarnate. Jesus, too paid the ultimate sacrifice, and His entire life was a sacrifice from God. The difference between our great presidents’ ability to stand the test of time and Jesus’ ability to flourish in most societies is what He left behind.
On the beautiful day we call Pentecost we were re-visited, by the Spirit of God–the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God in three Persons. Blessed Trinity. Because we were provided another gift from God, we have the inspiration that assisted the witnesses to chronicle the life and chapters of Jesus’ ministry.
We are also able to prepare a place in our hearts where the Holy Spirit can begin to guide us with the rod and staff of affection. Once in our hearts, we are provided a life-long heart-companion and heart-champion.
The Spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, cannot vanish from this earth like the memory of so many great men who are briefly recognized for their contributions to our world. Jesus can never be forgotten, because He is with us, even as I write this post. Have faith.