Monuments and Documents

Sunday, February 24, 2013

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35 KJV).

Indeed, our Lord Jesus Christ was right!

I was recently touring the Old and New Louisiana State Capitols in Baton Rouge. Built in the mid-1800s and early 1930s, these structures are quite spectacular. The latter is 450 feet (137 meters) tall and ranked as the tallest state capitol in the United States!

While standing inside these historical buildings, I felt overwhelmed by history. The massive stained glass dome that crowned the central portion of the Old State Capitol, its huge spiraling staircase beneath, the gigantic interior doors, the polished marble floors and walls, all far too massive to cram into my camera screen, no matter what angle I tried to shoot! Atop the 350-foot (107-meter) observation deck of the New State Capitol, I observed people below who appeared to be mere specks, and the adjacent “mighty Mississippi River.”

Strolling through these buildings, I tried to imagine all the people of the many decades past, walking those halls and sitting in those rooms. Where were all those souls today—in heaven or hell? On display were 150-year-old government documents, which, despite preservation measures, will eventually disintegrate and will literally be lost forever. Even the buildings in which they are housed will crumble with time, lost to erosion by wind and rain. There, I could not help but reflect….

Though the literal wooden cross of Christ is long gone, the monument of God’s love for us still remains: His perfect blood that was shed on it still saves the wretched souls that shed it. Imagine, throughout all of eternity future, the doctrine of Jesus Christ’s finished crosswork will be upheld and proclaimed. The Holy Bible, a document penned so long ago on temporal papyrus, is nevertheless preserved for us to read today! It too will never pass away, unlike the documents of man.

The monument of God’s love for us—Jesus Christ’s finished crosswork—and the document that explains that love for us—the Holy King James Bible—preserved forever, never to be lost to time. What a monument, what a document, what a love, and what a God! 🙂