THE LIGHTHOUSE--Ever since men sailed the open seas they have used some form of lighthouse. Years ago metal baskets with burning coal or wood were hung from poles on top of a tower to guide sailors into the Mediterranean Sea. A lighthouse built about 300 BC on the island of Pharos was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Most lighthouses are built in ports and harbors on isolated rocks, capes, and headlands. Others are some distance from shore with strong rock foundations sunk beneath the water. Most of them are tall, round, stone towers that are narrow at the top. Others are made of iron framing, cast iron, or reinforced concrete.
The most important part of the lighthouse is the lens. It is the mechanism that enables the light beam to be carried far out into the sea. The light is made to flash by revolving the lens around the lamp. The lens has prisms to reflect light and make it strong. Some lights can be seen up to thirty miles out at sea. One of the most famous lighthouses is the Eddystone, which stands on a dangerous group of rocks in the English Channel.
The lighthouse is an excellent picture of Jesus Christ and His work. In the Bible He is called "the light of the world" (John 9:5). He gives light to every man that comes into the world, but the problem with men is that they love darkness. "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil" (John 3:19). Hundreds of stories are told by seamen who saw the light from a lighthouse just before shipwreck, saving their vessel from destruction. Through the darkness of the night, the denseness of the fog, or the angry waves and driving rain, the light was seen just in time. Through the years the testimonies of men have filled books, telling of narrow escapes. Far greater are the experiences of those who have found Jesus Christ. Wayward mariners escape not only the dangers of the sea of life, but eternal shipwreck in hell!
The light of Christ is shining your way right now through this printed tract. Do not reject the light that is meant to save you. To gaze upon a lighthouse in or near a harbor can be a breathtaking experience, but more, glorious in beauty is the Saviour, with outstretched pierced hands, looking at you, beckoning you to come to His port of peace.
Ask the Saviour to open your eyes that you might see the dangers ahead, not just the loss of life, but the loss of your soul. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:36,37).
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