Only God Is Great

by J. Randal Matheny, editor
onecandle.jpgSo many celebrities have died recently, it reminds one of the death, in 1715, of King Louis XIV of France, after a reign of 72 years.
He had called himself “the Great.” The monarch had made the infamous statement, “I am the state!” (Grandiose political statements are perennial.) His court was considered the most magnificent in Europe, and his funeral was equally spectacular.
As Louis’ body lay in state in a golden coffin, orders had been given that the cathedral should be very dimly lit with only a single candle set above his coffin, to dramatize his greatness. At the memorial service, thousands waited in hushed silence.
Bishop Massilon rose to speak. Reaching down, he snuffed out the candle and said, “Only God is great.”/1
At the cross, and before the empty tomb, as the rich and famous and powerful wither and die, around the table of the Lord, we declare, “Only God is great!”
Or better, like Thomas who threw himself at the feet of the resurrected Christ, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).
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