A group of us from our church went to Williamstown, Kentucky, last Saturday to tour The Ark Encounter.
It is a one-of-a-kind, historically themed attraction of The Ark and the flood as recorded in the book of Genesis. And what an attraction it is. The Ark is the largest timber-framed building in the world (yes, world) measuring 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high, using 3.3 million feet of wood that, if laid out end to end, would reach from Kentucky to Philadelphia, over 600 miles.
The Ark was made from 600,000 feet of board for the decking, 15,150 sheets of plywood, 290,000 feet of bamboo flooring, 67,467 holes were CNC-drilled in the heavy timber, with 95 tons of steel plates, 50,000 wood pegs, bolts, washers and nuts, 3,500 cubic yards of concrete, over 100,000 concrete blocks, 300,000 screws and 5,435 pieces of heavy timber for this project. The main trees used in the center of The Ark to support all of this was transported in from Washington State.
As you stand on the first floor, and look up to the third floor and see how massive The Ark was and is, it is totally mind-blowing as to how this project was completed using the high-tech machinery, power equipment, cranes and engineering knowledge we have today, let alone how Noah was able to complete his God-given task with the simplistic tools he had available to him.
No wonder it took him 100 years to complete. By design, and with what God had called him to do, it was nothing less than a miracle.
But we shouldn’t be surprised. God was and God still is in the miracle-working business today. If you think about what God did for His creation, our salvation was a miracle, too.
According to Genesis 3, man disobeyed God and did what man wanted to do instead of obeying God. That act of disobedience brought sin into the world which presented a problem. The problem was not God’s problem, it was man’s problem. How could a sinful creation be in the presence of a holy God?
But God had a plan. He loved His creation so much, that He allowed His only Son, Jesus, to come to this earth, and live a sinless life and die a substitutionary death to pay the sin debt of mankind.
Jesus paid our debt and the Bible says that salvation is a free gift available to everyone that will believe. This is not believing with your head (temporal belief like believing that George Washington was our first president), but actually inviting Jesus to come into your life, and save you from your sins, and you receiving His gift of eternal life for yourself (Romans 10:9-10; Romans 10:13; I. John 5:13).
The Bible tells us that if we ask Jesus to come into our heart (representing our life) He will. He stands at the door of our heart and knocks, and He waits for us to open the door, and once we do, He will come in and dwell with us. He will not force Himself on anyone. He simply knocks and waits for us to open the door.
When I think about how sinful I am, and how sinful mankind is, I wonder why God would love me enough to let Jesus die in my place. All I know is He did. And I am ever so thankful to Him that He did. I needed a Savior. And Jesus took my place. He paid my sin debt and if I receive Him as my Savior, He will save me. And He will save you. And, folks, that is a miracle. Why don’t you ask Him to save you today, too?
And that is Something to Think About for this week.
We’d love to have you and your family worship with us this Sunday. If you don’t have a home church, please check us out at 10:45 a.m. You will be glad you did.
Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at email@example.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.