Dome Diamond

 

 

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Dome Diamond Outclassed

What could you do with £350 million?

What could you do with £350 million? "Plenty!" you might say. But when I heard that a good friend of mine had been diagnosed with Leukaemia I realized how quickly thoughts of holidays or investments can fade. The James Bond film title "The World is not enough" takes on a new meaning in times of crisis. We realize in illness and bereavement that this world has no ultimate answers. It is not enough. If we have any sense we will be looking not for more of the same but for a different quality of life.

The Search

There is a parable that addresses this search. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it." (Matthew 13.45-46) Here is a man who is seeking. What he has found up to present has not satisfied him. He has never reached that point in life of just sitting back to enjoy the things of this world. You might be like that yourself and think, yes, I have something in common with a person like that. You just cannot accept that there is nothing better to life than what you have already experienced. There is in your heart a desire for real treasure.

Spiritual Treasure

In November 2000 the Dome had its day to hit the headlines in an unexpected way. The De Beers Millennium Star diamond attracted robbers with bulldozer, gas masks, body armour and smoke bombs to the Dome. They did not know that the authorities already knew their carefully laid plan and that Bobbies with bin bags were waiting for them. Instead of riches they would find themselves imprisoned for their crime. What they sought was more of the same. They wanted a bigger diamond, dazzling and beautiful no doubt and with a high price. The pearl of great price, however, is not just bigger and brighter but different. This priceless pearl is of a different order altogether. Jesus Christ did not come into the world just to bring more of the same such as a longer life with more possessions. He came to bring new life. The life he offers is spiritual life and eternal life that lasts forever. He came to bring total salvation through the forgiveness of sins and placing to the account of believers his righteousness. Of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul said to the Jews of his day: "Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." (Acts 13.38-39) Being justified by faith involves acceptance by God and peace with God and the enjoyment of eternal life. This will go on forever and ever in the glory of heaven. Christís death on the cross was not to buy the kingdoms of the world but to atone for sin. He died to cover the guilt of sin that sinners might be forgiven through faith in his name. Many today seek a more significant life, an enduring life, what they might call a real life. Christ says that he is the giver of such life. "I am the way, the truth and the life" were his words. Had the dome robbers been successful in their plan they would only have stolen an imitation diamond. The real diamond had been replaced. So it is for so many people today, even religious people, they have no more than an imitation diamond, an imitation pearl and an imitation life. If they really realized it, would they not be ready to give everything to possess real life?

The Sale

The merchant was ready to give everything for the pearl of great price. He was ready to sell everything he had to buy this priceless pearl. Although Jesus put things this way in the parable it is not that there is anything to pay for salvation. Godís grace is free. His forgiving favour costs nothing. The emphasis of the parable is not on a price to pay for salvation but the readiness to leave everything else for it. So the prophet calls to sinners: "Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money, come ye, buy, and eat, yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." (Isaiah 55.1) God is debtor to none. He needs none of our resources. The largest sum that we could accumulate could not redeem us from a single sin. The conclusion is plain. Nothing must be accounted more precious than Christ. All must be forsaken for him. In him is life, true life and eternal life. Everything else is valueless in comparison. The merchant finds this one pearl and turns from everything else and that is what every finder needs to do. Repenting of your sins you must turn to Christ, depending only upon him for salvation and you will possess the greatest possession that anyone can enjoy.

 

 

 


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