Is It the PROFIT or the PROPHET That Counts?

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The twentieth century provided numerous examples of prophets who have blazed paths for others to follow.

In India, Mahatma Gandhi, through a method of nonviolent resistance, led his people to throw off British Imperialism and bring freedom to the sub-continent and its peoples.

In the 1960s, using similar tactics, Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke of the dream he had of a nation where people would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

In the late 1970s, Archbishop Oscar Romero in El Salvador heard the cry of the poor in his land and acted to bring hope and justice to a society dominated by wealth and power.

Nelson Mandella and Bishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa provided the light to lead their nation out of the dark night of apartheid to a new light of freedom for all.

A prophet is a messenger sent by God, a person who speaks for God. He or she witnesses to God and calls people to conversion. Prophets often are killed for their message. A God Alert

Jesus fits this description. He is none other than the Word of God in the flesh. He called the world to turn from sin and return to the Father and was put to death for it. In Scripture Jesus is presented as a prophet.

Crowds identified him as “Jesus the prophet” (Matthew 21:11). He spoke of himself as a prophet: No prophet is accepted in his own native place” (Luke 4:24). He foretold his passion and resurrection.

How have these prophets impacted your life and changed how you live your life?

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