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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is perhaps the most famous human rights leader America has ever had. Not only did he lead the struggle to eliminate racial segregation in our country, he has inspired millions of people around the world to work for justice. Much of what he sought to achieve did not happen until after his death. In that respect, he had a similar experience to that of our Lord. Despite the incomparable ministry Jesus Christ carried on, from a human perspective, His work might seem to be in vain. Consider this: John reminds us that He came to His own–His own creation, nation, people, and land–, but His own rejected Him. The religious leaders conspired with the Romans to crucify Him. His disciples forsook Him when the soldiers arrested Him. The crowds initially applauded Him, but later they said, “Crucify Him!” Yet despite all these hurtful experiences, He conquered death and the grave. Not only has God the Father declared Him ruler over heaven and earth, His followers now number in the billions and still counting. God said of Him through Isaiah the prophet long ago, I will make you a light to the Gentiles and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” Even after 2000 years, we still share the Good News: God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

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