In studying the life of Jesus, one may find himself feeling sorry for the Master because of his seeming difficulties. However, to feel any sense of pity for him is to misunderstand both his life purpose and his teaching. He himself on occasion expressed thankfulness in the face of difficulties. How could he who lifted humanity's burdens by healing the sick, restoring the crippled to normal activity, opening the eyes of the blind, and even raising the dead, be other than happy?

Not only did Jesus express joy and thankfulness for himself, but he desired his followers to express these qualities. It will be recalled that when he sent the twelve disciples out on their ministry of healing and teaching he instructed them in this way: "As ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt. 10:7). Is it not as though the great Teacher had said: "Remember always that you have much for which to be grateful because 'the kingdom of heaven is at hand.' It is not far off, as many think, but with you every instant, as you go from place to place." Perhaps their great Teacher so inspired them that they sang hymns of praise as they tramped the dusty roads or cut across the fields.

November 22, 1952

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