Thursday, 25 March 2021
Title: An Easter Story
By Dr. Tho Lye Mun
The palace grounds of Eternia was packed, a sea of noblemen and noblewomen in shining armour and resplendent regalia met the eye at every corner. Right at the front, near the throne, gathered His Majesty’s top generals, battle-hardened warriors, wise as they were fierce. They had never been defeated in battle and were feared throughout the nations. They were led by His Majesty’s own Son, Jesus, some called him the Lion of Judah.
It seems His Majesty was about to make an announcement today, an important one, one which clearly required all His subjects to be in attendance. Rumour had it that it would concern General Lucifer. Many moons ago, General Lucifer led a rebellion against the King which did not succeed and he was banished to a far away colony. General Lucifer had gone on to ruthlessly conquer the colony, he ruled it in cruelty and enslaved all its inhabitants. He was reportedly gathering his forces to challenge the King once again.
As His Majesty spoke, a deadly silence befell the crowd, “I am concerned about the colony General Lucifer has taken over. Much evil is coming from the land.”
Immediately, General Michael spoke up, “Your Majesty, I fully agree! It is time we wipe them out before their evil spreads and infects the rest of our nation!” A roar of agreement arose.
“Michael, you are my trusted warrior. No army can stand against you. But this is a rescue mission.”
A rescue mission? Bewildered faces stared at each other.
His Majesty continued, “We need to save my people. Most of them have gotten so used to life under Lucifer, they don’t even remember they belong to Eternia.” He added, “The few who do remember, have sent us urgent requests for help, I have heard the cry of my people.”
The crowd murmured in anticipation, “Who will He send?!” This would be the most dangerous mission ever conceived. Surely, He will send His fiercest warriors.
“I will send Jesus.”
“Your Majesty, we will prepare the batallions at once. We will select only the best men, and they will be equipped with the best weapons and armour. No harm will come to your Son, Your Majesty. We will make sure of that!” General Michael assured the King. “I will personally lead the way.”
The whole gathering of generals stood to attention. “Yes, Sir!”
His Majesty was quiet. He looked at Jesus, who sat beside Him.
“No, Jesus will go alone.”
The generals were in disbelief. “But, Your Majesty, if Jesus goes alone… Your Majesty… they will harm Him.”
The King was silent for a moment. Pain was in His eyes, but strength came through His breath. He looked at Jesus, who now stood straight and tall, head bowed in obedience. “Yes, I know.”
“I know they will harm my Son. But Jesus will succeed. And He will bring my people home.”
General Michael looked hard at the King. “Your Majesty… Why?”
The King replied, “Because I love them.”
This Easter may we reflect on the words of the Book of John Chapter 3 which tells us “16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
看来国王将有一项重要宣布，所以召集囯內所有臣民前来，传说这与魔鬼将军（ General Lucifer ）有关。多个月前，魔鬼将军在境内发动叛乱，但不成功，国王将他放逐到一个遥远的殖民地。魔鬼将军以残酷的手法征服该地，继而采用铁腕政策，劳役当地居民，据报道，他正在鞏固实力，再次图谋作反。