April - 15 - Monday

Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and his disciples came up to show him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, Do you not see all these things?
Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Matthew 24:1.2

An elderly man was sitting reading a book with great concentration in an artistically designed and furnished church. Not even the music of a choir singing hymns about Christ could detract him from what he was reading; he was totally engrossed in the book.

Could the man be reading the Bible? I took courage and spoke to him: “Excuse me, are you reading the Bible?" – “No, I’m reading the guide to the works of art here,” was his reply. The description of the building with its art and architecture was what held his attention. He was possibly merely interested in which sculptor had created: that artistic large cross which depicted the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus.

When is a question of faith, many people are impressed by trivialities and bypass the main thing unheedingly, namely, what God purposed by the cross. There He gave His own beloved Son to be the Saviour of a lost world. All else recedes into the background, even what talented

artists have created. The Name of the Lord Jesus Christ is the “name . . . above every name” (Philippians 2, 9). Living faith alone in Him and His finished work saves us from eternal condemnation and gives us incorruptible, eternal riches. We shall not find the description of this treasure in an art guide, but in the Word of God, the Bible.