Submitted by Grenville Phillips II, founder of Solutions Barbados
Jesus’ death and resurrection are part of the historical record. After Jesus’ resurrection, He declared that He had all authority in heaven and on earth, and told His disciples to teach all peoples to benefit from all of the things that He had taught them. Then He said that He would be with them until the end of the age.
All human beings are on a similar journey – that of following Jesus. No one who follows Jesus does so perfectly. We all stumble, but Jesus waits for us to get back up and follow Him. Jesus did not promise an absence of persecution and injustice, actually, He promised that the narrow road on which He leads us will be difficult – but He promised to be with us right to the end.
The bravest among us are those who choose to follow Jesus on this difficult road in their teenage years. It is perhaps one of the most challenging things that a young person can do, especially if the one determined to follow Jesus is in the minority population.
To those who have chosen to unashamedly follow Jesus, I say well done. You are making quality investments in your future self. You will know wonder and a quiet confidence when it finally sinks in that you are actually walking with the absolute Lord of heaven and earth. Keep walking.
Some who have not yet started on the journey of following Jesus may find amusement at disparaging those who preceded them. However, this always ends in regret. Those who are determined to reject Jesus’ teachings and persecute those who follow Him should be aware that this never ends well. God hears the cries of the oppressed and comforts them. However, a fearful judgement awaits the oppressor.
Our history reveals God’s guidance of our ancestors. Most of us were captured and sold by Islamic slave traders in Africa and then enslaved for generations by Europeans. Others were kidnapped in Europe and forced into servitude. However, God’s comfort sustained us all. God’s guidance was so obvious that it was acknowledged in our National Anthem.
The historical record should encourage us all. God guided us through and led us out of slavery and servitude, and there was jubilation among our newly freed fore-parents. He guided us through and led us out of colonial rule, and we stood confidently facing an uncertain future at our independence. God guided us through the BLP and DLP mismanagement of our national economy – and He will certainly lead us out.