. . . The street of the city was pure gold . . . Revelation 21:21b
In the book of Revelation it says the street is made up of pure gold . . . (For more on the symbolism of Revelation, see LHM Men's NetWork on the Web at www.lhmmen.com.)
. . . and so is a street in Foggia, Southern Italy.
Actually, the street isn't made of gold, but it is covered in euros, the currency of Europe.
Of course, that kind of introduction calls for an explanation. And here it is: It seems a truck was carrying the euros from the Italian mint to local banks. The truck overturned and spilled its one- and two-euro coins all over the highway.
Motorists who saw the accident worried more about scooping up the euros than they did the driver of the truck and his passenger, both of whom who had sustained minor injuries.
Police say they have no idea how much money was stolen, but they are positive the eager scavengers made off with at least $15,000.
It's amazing what people will do, the sinful lengths to which they will go if they can get a good bargain. Some will stop their cars on a busy highway; others will trample a store employee to death so they can get a Christmas bargain.
Sadly, there seems to be no corresponding enthusiasm when it comes to the free salvation Jesus gives to us through the sacrifice He made for us in His life on Calvary's cross.
Far too many people respond with a yawn when they hear about the Christ, His suffering, death, and resurrection. They think there is no value to what Jesus is offering them. They continue on, living their lives without the forgiveness He extends, without the joy He brings.
Truly, I give thanks you aren't one of those individuals. You know what Jesus has done for you and you appreciate Him for it. Now, today, if you are given the opportunity, won't you share with someone the value of the salvation He so freely offers?
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, what a strange world we live in; what strange priorities people have. They risk life and limb for a few dollars (euros), and they ignore the Savior who gives them a gift worth more than all the money in the world. Please send Your Holy Spirit so their eyes and hearts may be opened to the value of Jesus' substitution. In His Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries