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Sunday, 15 January 2012

For Richer or Poorer

Last night, I posted this story on my Facebook page.

"The wives who lived within the walls of the Weinsberg Castle in Germany were well aware of the riches it held: gold, sliver, jewels, and wealth beyond belief.

Then the day came in 1141 A. D. when all their treasure was threatened. And enemy army had surrounded the castle and demanded the fortress, the fortune, and the lives of the men within. There was nothing to do but surrender.

Although the conquering commander had set a condition for the safe release of all the women and children, the wives of Weinsberg refused to leave without having one of their own conditions met, as well. They demanded that they be allowed to fill their arms with as many possessions as they could carry out with them. Knowing that the women couldn't possibly make a dent in the massive fortune, their request was honored.

When the castle gates opened, the army outside was brought to tears. Each woman had carried out her husband.

The wives of Weinsberg, indeed, were well aware of the riches the castle held."
There is, of course, a spiritual lesson in that story.  You and I are besieged by that old "... adversary the devil [who] prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." (I Peter 5:8).  However, at the Incarnation, Jesus - God the Son - entered our humanity because He saw us as precious.  Indeed, He values you, and me, so much that He went on to die one of the most cruel deaths that the twisted mind of mankind has ever invented - crucifixion.  The devil thought that he had won!  But on the first Easter Day, Jesus left the tomb in which His physical Body had been laid and, as the victorious Conqueror of death, and hell, and the grave, He carries in His arms all who place their trust in Him for full, and free, salvation.  Hallelujah!
Those wives in the story each saved the mortal life of one man.  Jesus gives eternal life to all who repent, and believe, and confess Him as Saviour and Lord.

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