Look! Look! Look!

IMG_8032I live in a diverse place. My neighborhood is made up of a number of Asian and Latino people groups, along with, like my family, those of European descent. A couple of blocks from my home is the largest concentration of Armenians outside of Armenia. There are so many Armenians living around me that one time my seven year-old son asked me if Armenian was the second most widely used language in the world.

We enjoy the diversity of culture that we get to experience from day to day. A number of months ago we were in a neighborhood not far ours where a sign read, “Korean Culture Days: Brought to you with help by the Armenian and Latino communities.” 

Of course this diversity has its difficulties as well. Recently we were in a recommended cake shop as we purchased a cake for a friend’s birthday. The shop owner was Armenian and as she rang us up our conversation included her speaking in her native tongue and me smiling and nodding.

In the midst of this diversity it’s important to make very important things clear. As my family and I cross the street to get to our favorite kabob house (I usually get the lamb and shish), the signage is in English, Spanish, and Armenian. The city fathers know that if they want to get the attention of those in the area, the signs must be able to be read and understood. Crossing the streets we see Look! Look! Look! and the three languages make sure that people are able to pay attention. Reading a sign can save your life.

Look! English!

Look! Spanish!

Look! Armenian!

This signage is the not the first time in the history of mankind that three languages were used so that men would be saved.

John 19: 16-20 records, “So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek.”

Look! Look! Look! Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews! Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews! Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.

Resting in this King of the Jews will save your life, and that’s true in any language. It’s a message that God the Father wanted all men to know.

Look! Look! Look!

One Comment

  1. Jon Stallings March 6, 2015 at 11:50 am #

    Great topic Nathan, It is so easy to forget we live in a diverse world. Even in church it is easy to slip into our “church” language and forget that some may not understand. The gospel is true in any language. Let’s make it plain

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