The Greatest Monument
There are many famous towers in the world. The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy; The Eiffel Tower of Paris, making France known for it’s beautiful ability to light up the sky. No wonder they call it, “The City Of Lights.”
The Twin Towers of New York was a huge attraction, and the home of the world trade center – an American cultural icon. Tragedy struck the towers down, causing people to lose their sense of security; however, as a nation they pulled together and rebuilt a memorial in its place. The human spirit is quite a thing.
The CN tower in Canada is one of my favorites since it’s in my backyard, yet I’ve not crossed it off my bucket list yet surprisingly.
In Genesis 11:1-9, everyone had one language, unlike today. People were working together to build a tower that could reach toward heaven. The people were attempting to make it large, so others would look upon it, and they could make a name for themselves, instead of glorifying God. Their hearts weren’t right, so God ruined their plans by making them speak different languages, so they couldn’t understand each other.
The way to reach heaven is not through building miles of tower for all to see, but through the name of Jesus. (John 14:6) If we base our salvation on our works alone, and making a name for ourselves, we become much like the pharisees. Our true reward will be in heaven. ( Matthew 6:5-6) No tower is far enough reaching, or majestic enough to reach God. All you have to do is whisper a simple prayer. The arm of God is never too short, and is stronger than any tower, bigger than any mountain you face. He hears the faintest whisper.
The greatest monument that ever stood on this earth was the Cross. It represents so much of the freedom we have today. In Jesus we have freedom from guilt, shame, sickness, defeat, a liberty to worship and ability to believe in a God that loves us. There is so much we take for granted, or don’t realize.
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
The statue of liberty attracts much attention because of what she stands for. She stands for freedom of the American people. A broken chain is at her feet, representing an icon of freedom, and is a welcoming invitation to immigrants and tourists that approach.
Jesus on the cross stood for, “Love.” He broke the chain of sin, so that we might be reunited with God, and be victorious over evil. In the book of Revelation, we learn that we have already defeated Satan, yet we allow him so much power over us at times. When Jesus died on the cross and the veil was torn, Satan’s fate was sealed; it’s only a matter of time. He may rule the air, but he cannot rule our hearts, when we secure it with Jesus. (Ephesians 2:2) We must continually ask God to create in us a clean heart, and renew a rightful spirit in us continually. Never forget the cross and what it stands for.
“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years.” – Revelation 20:1-2
If we stand for Jesus, in a corrupted world, nothing can touch us, because if Jesus is for us, nothing can come against us. (Romans 8:28-31) When you feel weak, or feel defeated, that’s the time when you need to return to the cross. Pray and remember that God has not given us the spirit of Fear. (2Timothy 1:7) He has given us the name of Jesus. The name of Jesus is power! When you feel fearful simply say out loud, “Jesus!” All evil must flee at that name. (Philippians 2:9-11)
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” – Proverbs 18:10
That’s not to say that tragedies will not take place, because of the evil injustice of this world; however, Jesus is the master carpenter and can help us rebuild beauty from ashes, and give us hope for an eternity with Him. We simply need to continue to battle in prayer together, and send the devil running. Exalt the name of Jesus – The Greatest Monument