THE REAL THING
I’d like to buy the world a home and furnish it with love,
Grow apple trees and honeybees, and snow white turtledoves.
I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony,
I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.
When I was a kid, there was a television commercial that I always liked to see. Some people say it is the world’s most famous advertisement. However, I doubt that many people today have even seen it or heard the song that included the above words. Maybe here in the home of Coca-Cola, it is still remembered.
The commercial which featured a multi-cultural group of young people on a hillside outside of Rome singing and holding bottles of the most popular soft drink in the world seemed to have the answer to the problems plaguing the tempestuous world of that time. All that was needed was for everyone to have a Coke and peace would ensue. After all, Coke is the “real thing”. They sold a lot of Coca-Cola.
Yet today, the world is still not at peace. People aren’t growing apple trees and honeybees and furnishing the world with love. The reason is not because everyone doesn’t have a Coke. The reason for the violent, dangerous state of this present age is that the world doesn’t know and have the real thing – Jesus Christ.
When He was born, the angels declared, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good will among men.” Isaiah prophesied that His name shall be called, “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6). He is what the world needs today, and every day.
Why then is the world not at peace? “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Not everybody has believed. Jesus told us why they wouldn’t. “The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their works were evil” (John 3:19).
We can change this world and make it a better place. Not by singing on a hillside, but by sharing the good news of Jesus, person to person. In addition, we must also live what we believe. Only when our lives match our words can we be fully effective in changing this world from a place of darkness into one that is illuminated by the light of the world (John 8:12).
I'd like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace through out the land
(That's the song I hear)
We cannot sit idle and silent. The world, as always, needs to know the Lord and hear Him. Read these passages and meditate on them for a while: John 1:5; John 12:46; Psalm 18:28; Eph. 5:8; 1 John 2:9.