Big Work, Small Place

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How many tourists would ever stop at Craigellachie, BC were it not for a monument that marks the place where the last spike was driven in 1885 to complete the Canadian Pacific Railroad, linking Canada from Atlantic to Pacific Oceans? Waterloo in Belgium is a little village that can scarcely be found in an atlas, and yet it has assumed a place in our thoughts that has nothing to do with its physical size. It was there that the Duke of Wellington defeated the mighty armies of Napoleon in 1815 and changed the course of history.

Even our planet earth has been given a place of significance in the universe that is out of all proportion to its size. It is but a tiny speck amid the countless galaxies that God created. Yet, in His wisdom, God prepared a garden in it in which to put the crowning handiwork of His creation – a man created in His image and likeness. When Satan intruded and man sinned, our earth became the scene to which God sent His Son to be the Saviour of the world. Micah the prophet wrote, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands in Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” So the lowly town of Bethlehem became the Saviour’s birthplace in fulfillment of this prophecy.

The Bible also speaks about a place called Calvary. We cannot with any certainty mark the exact spot where the Saviour was crucified, or the actual tomb where He was buried. But we do know with absolute certainty that after Christ died and was buried, He arose the third day a Victor, and the work of redemption was complete. For us, it is not a sentimental attachment to the place that is required. It is a look by faith to the Lord Jesus Christ who hung upon Calvary’s cross to suffer the consequences of sin, and to pay the price of our salvation.

There is a basement room in a small prairie town where I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. The place has more significance to me than to anyone else, because it was there that I was born again and received eternal life. Do you have such a memorable place? Just as you are, where you are, accept the Lord Jesus Christ, who, in so small a place accomplished so great a work.

Philip Broadhead

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