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GOSPEL TRUTH: Vintage

How we find security from the past…..

 

 

Nostalgia is very much alive today! Museums of transport, vehicle preservation societies and the enthusiasts themselves will tell you that. It’s all to do with ensuring that part of our heritage will not be lost.

 

 

Aviation museums can be found across the world containing both ancient machines that once took to the skies as well as the more-familiar ancestors of today’s sophisticated airliners. The Imperial War Museum at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire, has an impressive display of aircraft. Among the collection you will find the actual De Havilland Comet 4 which, in its days with BOAC, gained the distinction of being the first passenger jet to cross the Atlantic when it flew from New York to London on the 4th October, 1958.    The aircraft was subsequently sold to Dan-Air and used in the developing package holiday industry that literally “took off” in the 1960s and 70s. (1)

 

In recent years there has been a lot of interest in preserving old buses. Many cities have vehicles from a bygone age preserved in their original liveries. At certain weekends and on Bank Holidays it is sometimes possible to see these vintage vehicles making leisurely excursions or heading for a rally where similar old buses will be found.

 

Private collectors must not be left out either. Today an increasing number of individuals have their own classic cars which take to the roads on summer days or on special occasions. Memories can be stirred when you discover a gleaming Hillman Minx (or something very much older) venturing onto the highway once again.

 

WORTH PRESERVING

It takes many hours for a vehicle or a steam locomotive to be lovingly restored to its original glory. The older we become, the more we like to look back to something that we remember from the past. It gives us a feeling of security. Our outlook seems to be that the old is better. (2)

 

All this suggests that old things do not lose their appeal – although in each case subsequent models showed improvements in design. Man is always improving what he makes, but God is not. “Whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it.” (3)

 

Knowing that mankind was separated from Him on account of sin, God sent His Son into this world to die in our place. The Bible tells us that we must turn from our sins and “call upon the name of the Lord” (4) in order to be saved from future punishment. God’s design is very simple, but when we study it carefully we discover that it is more profound and wonderful than we could possibly have imagined it to be. Men have added all kinds of good works and religious duties to God’s plan of salvation and by so doing have corrupted the simple message. We cannot improve upon God’s plan. The terms are His, and salvation is by faith in Christ alone. 

 

STILL THE BEST

Experts appreciate the value of a carefully restored vintage vehicle and admire it. Similarly, those who have believed the original message of Salvation found in the Bible rejoice in what God has done. By His power God is still able to change lives today. He wants to give you a new life and make you the kind of person you ought to be. If simply and sincerely you trust Christ as your Saviour, your sins will be forgiven and you will have peace with God. (5)  It is a “vintage” message, but it still works. There is no other way to be saved. (6) 

Why not ask the Lord Jesus Christ to be your Saviour and prove it for yourself?

 

END NOTES:- (1)Picture courtesy of Cambridge Newspapers Ltd. (2)Luke 5:39.   (3)Ecclesiastes 3:14.  (4)Romans 10:13.  (5)Romans 5:1.  (6)Acts 4:12.