Expiration dates are all around us. Learn how Jesus defies expiration and offers an unlimited existence, from Pastor Mike's, 'Thoughts From Lincoln.'
Sometimes I wonder, why do things have an expiry date on them? In our kitchen I noticed a container of coffee whitener and bottle of olive oil both expired last August, but we still use them and I haven’t really noticed any side effects!
I also noticed a container of Comet cleaner doesn’t even give you an obvious expiry date. Instead, it gives you a code that you have to decipher to figure out the expiry date. This makes me wonder, why is the expiry date such a big secret? According to the code on the container of Comet, if my deciphering is correct, the Comet will expire on October 12, 2018 - I’ll be 61 years old by then! if there is any comet left in the container I hope I remember to throw it out.
Even dish soap has an expiry date. Dish soap expiration is something you should pay extra close attention to. After all, how many people out there have gone to the expense of replacing their dishwasher when all along it was just the dish soap that had expired.
Sometimes it's not even called an expiry date. Perhaps that sounds too final. Instead, it's called a 'best before' date. The 'best before date,' term applies mostly to food and makes it sound like the food is OK no matter what date you eat it, but it will taste a lot better if you eat it before a certain date.
For instance, moldy bread tastes OK, but it’s really good if you eat it before the ‘best before’ date. Milk also has a best before date which is conveniently located on a white tab on the neck of the plastic bag. I don’t pay much attention to the date because if the milk expires it turns into yogurt and I personally don’t think yogurt can expire.
The bottom line, I guess, is that nothing lasts forever! You never really hear of anything these days that is the same yesterday, today or tomorrow. Nothing really seems to be everlasting to everlasting. Is there anything out there with no beginning or end? You might even say from Alpha to Omega?
Well, what do you know, we have just described Jesus! Our Lord and Saviour! No expiry, no best before date. The Creator of all things enters into our limited world and offers us an unlimited existence! I guess some things, like you and I, are made to last forever after all.
- Pastor Mike