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.