How many tourists would ever stopÂ at Craigellachie, BC were it not for aÂ monument that marks the place where theÂ last spike was driven in 1885 to completeÂ the Canadian Pacific Railroad, linkingÂ Canada from Atlantic to Pacific Oceans?Â Waterloo in Belgium is a little villageÂ that can scarcely be found in an atlas,Â and yet it has assumed a place in ourÂ thoughts that has nothing to do with itsÂ physical size. It was there that the Duke ofÂ Wellington defeated the mighty armies ofÂ Napoleon in 1815 and changed the courseÂ of history.
Even our planet earth has been givenÂ a place of significance in the universeÂ that is out of all proportion to its size.Â It is but a tiny speck amid the countlessÂ galaxies that God created. Yet, in HisÂ wisdom, God prepared a garden in it inÂ which to put the crowning handiworkÂ of His creation â€“ a man created in HisÂ image and likeness. When Satan intrudedÂ and man sinned, our earth became theÂ scene to which God sent His Son to be theÂ Saviour of the world. Micah the prophetÂ wrote, â€œBut thou, Bethlehem Ephratah,Â though thou be little among the thousandsÂ in Judah, yet out of thee shall He comeÂ forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel;Â Whose goings forth have been from ofÂ old, from everlasting.â€ So the lowly townÂ of Bethlehem became the Saviourâ€™sÂ birthplace in fulfillment of this prophecy.
The Bible also speaks about a placeÂ called Calvary. We cannot with anyÂ certainty mark the exact spot whereÂ the Saviour was crucified, or the actualÂ tomb where He was buried. But we doÂ know with absolute certainty that afterÂ Christ died and was buried, He aroseÂ the third day a Victor, and the work ofÂ redemption was complete. For us, it is notÂ a sentimental attachment to the place thatÂ is required. It is a look by faith to the LordÂ Jesus Christ who hung upon Calvaryâ€™sÂ cross to suffer the consequences of sin,Â and to pay the price of our salvation.
There is a basement room in a smallÂ prairie town where I received the LordÂ Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. TheÂ place has more significance to me thanÂ to anyone else, because it was there that IÂ was born again and received eternal life.Â Do you have such a memorable place?Â Just as you are, where you are, accept theÂ Lord Jesus Christ, who, in so small a placeÂ accomplished so great a work.
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