They gathered in a building. The final place of the final test. They came together to prove the value of Man.
The question was leadership and righteousness. Who is worthy and why.
From the body of the elders they pick the wisest one. They said to him, “Choose for us a prize that we may begin the contest”. The old man, bent over and half blind, said to them, “Bring me the head of an ant”.
The youngest of the elders was the first to move. He ran outside and grabbed the first ant he could find. With urgent dispatch he returned with the head of an ant.
The elder told him to put it plate and set the plate the middle of the table.
The elder sat at the head of the table. “Now debate among yourselves who is worthy to eat this head.”
They all stood speechless for the space of a minute. Then the first to move was the youngest. As his fingers reached for the prize, one of the elders slapped his hand with disdain. “What gives you the right to think you are worthy?” The reaching and the slapping became a spark to a pool of flammable liquid.
It started with a response. But it soon developed into an all out brawl. This went on for quite a while until a breeze came to the top of the table. Not even one elder noticed the ant head drift off the plate, down to the floor, and disappear in a crack.
I have looked at Man. I have tried to discover why righteousness eludes us. I thought I had the answer. But in the telling of it, it took too long.
In my life I have testified well over fourteen thousand times, trying to nail down the reason why we are full of disarray.
I have come to the conclusion of the elder who ordered the ant head. There is no righteousness among men. There is no peace to be found anywhere on this earth. Man simply does not have eternal life in him.
And I have understood from all that is Christianity, Salvation belongs to our God and to the Lamb. Except that the Living God had done his “Strange Work”, not one man would rise from the grave.
I used to stand at the edge of the city and wait to hear wisdom. I stood along the path where men walk and waited to hear someone utter something wise and beautiful. But I realized I will starve to death before I find a wise man walk by me.
Unless the wisdom of God comes down from heaven, man has no option but death. And hasn’t this been done? Christ Jesus crucified on our behalf. Yes, the wisdom of God has come down.
In Man there is no life. But God has sent mercy. Let every man do as he will; seek righteousness with all your heart. You will not find it here!