The Old White Lighthouse remains a prime attraction in Pt. Loma, California. It had once been, since 1855, one of three lighthouses built and beaming off the California coast. When first occupied by its keeper, he looked across San Diego Bay to meadows where sheep grazed. Where high rise apartments, hotels and bank buildings now stand.
Because fogs settled below the hills, by 1891 it had out-lived its usefulness. A new cottage group built at ocean elevation, 400 feet lower than the original location, took its place and remains the Pt. Loma lighthouse.
Truly, what mortals build can have a lifespan beyond which it cannot compete.
Which, by the way, the Gospel of Christ never experiences. Why preachers don’t study it more deeply, and proclaim it more steadfastly, I cannot say. But the church suffers without God’s Word faithfully and continually preached. And...sadly...our role as witnesses to the lost in equal proportion.
May God find us as open to his Word as old Simeon. May he find us looking for the Christ. And, may God lead us, as he led Simeon, to see: the Christhood in the Christ child; the Godhood in his humanity; the royalty in his commonness; the strength in his weakness; the wealth in his poverty; the fame in his obscurity; the exaltation in his humiliation; and the resurrection in his death.
Once we do, we’ll re-dedicate to repeating after the mature Jesus the message that never loses its relevance and usefulness, and never loses its power over sin, Satan, death and Hell—whatever the age.
I have explained in another article what I consider the best understanding of Matthew 26:19. This blog stresses the devotional thought from there. Remember that it’s essential to the Master’s institution of the Lord’s Supper. And the meaning of the Supper relates entirely to his sacrificial death for sins, our renewed life in discipleship AND the new body believers inherit after Christ returns.
With that understanding, only the Christians who proclaim his sacrifice as the reason he came—to be the SAVIOR, Christ the Lord, Luke 2:11—and who proclaim that reality as Christianity’s primary message, truly represent Jesus before the unsaved. The rest may preach a pleasing message, but not God’s primary message. No matter what the unsaved sinners want to hear, this they must hear because it’s God’s Priority outreach to them.
Let us be warned: however methods change, God’s message does not. And we must not delete from the Gospel the essential that distinguishes it from all other messages. We must NEVER reduce to secondary or tertiary what God demands FIRST. LOST the unsaved are, and they remain lost till they accept what God says finds them. They must accept that truth about themselves before they’re candidates for conversion.
They can be won to a program without that emphasis; to a church fellowship without it; to a small group study without it. But they’re won to Christ only through admitting they’re sinners and he’s the SAVIOR!