Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.…
Have you heard of the poor Chinaman in London? Walking along the streets of the metropolis in the fog and the drizzling rain, he was well-nigh breaking his heart with longing for his native land. One day, however, the sun rose brighter than usual, drove the clouds before him, and lifted the fog. Thereupon the little Chinaman cheered up amazingly. "Why, what is the matter with you today? what is the cause of your rejoicing?" asked an acquaintance. "What is the cause indeed," replied the poor foreigner in broken English, pointing with his finger to the sky. "Don't you see there? that is China's sun?" and with the word he was dancing on the pavement like a delighted schoolboy. Everything else was strange to him — the streets, the inhabitants, the sceneries, and even the stars. The only thing he beheld in England that he had seen at home was the sun; and he felt comforted under the face of the same sun. Thus, when we go to eternity, things will appear very strange — the city with its golden streets, the inhabitants with palms in their hands, the sceneries "ever decked in living green." But the same Sun shines there as here, and under its shining we shall feel all fear and tremor depart. The Sun of earth is the Sun of heaven, the Sun of Cardiff is the Sun of the New Jerusalem.
(J. Cynddylan Jones, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.