Finding A Priceless Pearl In A Sea Of Pandemic Problems

(PR) – Gabriel Vázquez, of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, found a “priceless pearl” at a decisive time as a young adult. Since then, his life has never been the same.

When faced with a crossroads, he left behind a promising career as a performing violinist and followed a more meaningful path in life by spending most of his time helping others draw close to God. While Gabriel continues to appreciate and love music, “nothing compares to the long-lasting happiness of sharing God’s truths with others,” he said.

Gabriel is not alone. In this time of pandemic when many have lost the things they thought were of the highest value, some have made their spirituality a priority. They feel like the merchant in an ancient parable who found a pearl of such great worth that he sold everything he had to obtain it.

“Have You Found a ‘Pearl of High Value’?” is the theme of a global virtual event to which Jehovah’s Witnesses invited the community in March. In the Gospel account, Jesus Christ used the parable of the pearl to illustrate the motivating value of the truth about God’s Kingdom, the solution to mankind’s problems.

This free 30-minute program unlocks the meaning of that parable, explaining what the Kingdom of the heavens is and how that valuable knowledge can help us attain peace and a sense of security even now. This event was held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on 14 March.

“The pandemic changed our lives within weeks, bringing the economic, educational, and social systems to their knees,” said Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “What has not changed is spirituality and its powerful effect on people’s lives.”

“Make Jehovah’s Heart Rejoice!” was the second spiritual gem received by over 900, from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who attended the circuit assembly of Jehovah witnesses, on 21 March.

This, all day, program, presented on a video conferencing platform, emphasized practical ways to make God’s heart rejoice in our personal life, family, and community.

“The Memorial of Jesus Christs death” is the third spiritual gem that can still be acquired. This 1hour event will be held, after sundown, on Saturday 27 March, at 9 virtual meetings throughout St. Vincent and the grenadines.

“Appreciate what God and Christ have done for you,” is the featured address. This will highlight the two greatest expressions of love known to mankind.

“We invite anyone searching for peace, security, comfort and hope to attend,” Hendriks said. “This special talk and the Memorial of Jesus Christ’s death will show people how they can obtain something priceless that will make their lives better, not only now, but also in the future, even forever.”

Due to the pandemic, congregations around the world hosts these events virtually. There are no fees to attend, and no registration is required.

To learn more about how to attend locally, ask one of Jehovah’s Witnesses or visit www.jw.org.

To obtain the Zoom credentials for this memorial occasion, please contact any of Jehovah’s witnesses.

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  1. Very commendable the work of trying to uplift Jesus Christ as the Pearl of Great Price. However it’s very interesting to note that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not consider Jesus Christ God, instead He is considered as a created being. They also do not believe in the Holy Trinity, but instead believe in the one Almighty God. As they say in their website:

    “Yes. We believe in Jesus…However, we take Jesus at his word when he said: “The Father is greater than I am.” (John 14:28) So we do not worship Jesus, as we do not believe that he is Almighty God.”

    This is nothing more than an effort to make the Bible say something else other than what it does say, which is why the Jehovah’s Witnesses have written their own bible (New World Translation) and have changed the way it describes and presents Jesus Christ. To understand John 14:28 we have to look at the incarnation:

    “During the incarnation, Jesus was temporarily “made lower than the angels” (Hebrews 2:9), which refers to Jesus’ status. The doctrine of the incarnation says that the second Person of the Trinity took on human flesh. Therefore, for all intents and purposes, Jesus was fully human and “made lower than the angels.” However, Jesus is fully divine, too. By taking on human nature, Jesus did not relinquish His divine nature—God cannot stop being God. How do we reconcile the fact that the second Person of the Trinity is fully divine yet fully human and by definition “lower than the angels”? The answer to that question can be found in Philippians 2:5-11. When the second Person of the Trinity took on human form, something amazing occurred. Christ “made himself nothing.” This phrase has generated more ink than almost any other phrase in the Bible. In essence, what it means is that Jesus voluntarily relinquished the prerogative of freely exercising His divine attributes and subjected Himself to the will of the Father while on earth.

    In contrast, Seventh-day Adventists correctly believe in the Holy Trinity as evidenced in their Belief #2: There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. God, who is love, is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole creation. (Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; Isa. 6:8; Matt. 28:19; John 3:16 2 Cor. 1:21, 22; 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2.)