Hmm— Sounds familiar.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not comprehend it. 
John 1:1-5

One of the great monarchs of Persia was known well as a champion of the common people. To relate to their needs and problems, he would mingle with them— in various DISGUISES.

He was in the world,
and the world was made through Him,
and the world did not know Him. 
John 1:10

On one particular occasion, he went as a poor citizen to the public baths. In a tiny cellar, he sat down beside the man who tended the furnace.

Poor Man

He talked to the lonely man, and at dinnertime he ate some of his plain food. In the weeks that followed, the monarch visited the poor citizen and grew to love him dearly.

One day, the Shah revealed his true identity to the man. He expected to hear a request for some expensive gift or money. 

But instead the poor man simply sat in silence, gazing at the monarch in awe and astonishment.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,
full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

After a long period of silence, the poor man finally said respectfully,

“You left your palace to sit with me in this dark place, to eat of my coarse bread, and to care whether my heart is glad or sad. You may give rich presents to others, but you have given yourself to me. Please, Your Majesty, never withdraw the priceless gift of your friendship.”

 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and receive you to Myself;
that where I am, there you may be also.
John 14:1-3
I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 
John 11:25
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16
Glorified Christ











[adapted from a story in ]





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