A Construction Project for Eternity

By Curtis Rittenour
Posted January 08, 2018

Among the buildings damaged or destroyed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States, perhaps the most well-known were the “Twin Towers” of New York’s World Trade Center. Though replaced by a single “Freedom Tower,” longtime New Yorkers remember the original structure and continue to mourn its loss.

While other structures in the vicinity were damaged, only one other building was destroyed in lower Manhattan that day: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church—a modest structure that was a tavern before the congregation purchased the building in 1919 and converted into a sanctuary. The church was crushed when the south tower of the trade center collapsed.

A new church, the St. Nicholas National Shrine, was planned for construction near the site of the former one. Initially estimated to cost $30 million, the price tag soared to $78 million shortly before construction was halted. A wire service report said there were concerns about raising the needed money, as well as where previous donations may have ended up. Two independent auditing firms have been called in to investigate the matter.

It’s not unusual for some church structures to be constructed over a long period of time: the famous “Sagrada Familia” church in Barcelona is only now nearing completion after 136 years of construction.  Cologne, Germany’s cathedral took 600 years to be completed, which makes the 100 years required to build Note-Dame de Paris seem short in comparison.

There have been, of course, other great construction projects that have taken a long time. The Greek historian Herodotus recorded that it took twenty years—and the labor of 100,000 slaves—to build the Great Pyramid of Giza. Both Stonehenge, in England, and the Great Wall of China are said to have taken two thousand years each to be completed.

But did you know there’s been a construction project underway since the foundation of the world? From the beginning of time, God has planned, and is preparing, a wonderful heavenly city for His people, for those who trust Him and keep His commandments.

Unlike the St. Nicholas National Shrine, there’s no funding issue involved in this project. And unlike the Great Pyramid of Giza, no slave labor will be needed or used. While Stonehenge today is in disrepair, this construction project will never, ever fall apart—for all eternity!

This city will meet the need of every inhabitant, providing incredible beauty, limitless fellowship, and even the Tree of Life, whose leaves “were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2).

Right now, God is completing this project—“A Colossal City in Space”—for you to inhabit, if you will but trust in Jesus and live by God’s law. You can read more about it by clicking here.

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