But let us, who are of the day, be sober putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. for God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 1 Thessalonians 5:8-10
I am reading the story of Ben-Hur with my son, for 11th grade Literature.
In the story, Judah Ben-Hur had once had everything. He was a Jew, who lived under Roman rule. He came from a wealthy family, and was endowed with many material blessings. He was not in need of anything.
One day, his life was changed, as an old friend falsely accused him of a plot to assassinate the procurator. He was sentenced to the gallows of a ship, a death sentence. That is where he met Quintus Arrius, Judah saved the life of Quintus, and in return Quintus helped Judah and made him an heir of all his fortune..
Judah had experienced being falsely accused by a friend, he performed hard, life threatening labor on the Roman ship, he became a fighter in the Roman Coliseums, and his sister and mother had been thrown in a dungeon somewhere that he didn’t know.
Quintus Arrius died, and Judah was then on a mission to get revenge on the former friend who accused him falsely, and on a mission to find his sister and mother.
Through the process, Judah found Jesus Christ.
His mother and sister were found, but they had leprosy, and were near death when Christ was crucified. At the death of Jesus, they thought all hope was completely lost, but Jesus healed the women of leprosy, and healed Judah Ben-Hur of the heavy burdens of hate and anger. He found love, forgiveness, and salvation. He found a new life, and a new identity.
Judah could have chosen to stay in bitterness, refusing to look for the light in his darkness, but he pressed above the trials in his life, to find salvation and hope in Jesus.
This was a work of fiction, but the author, Lew Wallace, in the 1870’s, started doing research for this novel. Later, he became a Christian, through the writing of this book.
If we diligently look for the truth, we will find it.
Luke 11:9 So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you;seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Thank You, Dear Jesus, for saving me by grace. Thank You for putting me where I needed to be, in order to find You. Protect my heart with Your faith and love. Protect my head with Your salvation. You are wonderful! I pray for workers for the harvest, and for people who are seeking You, to find You. Amen.