When we built Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam), it was the largest in the world.  As is common on such projects, there were the inevitable accidents and some workmen lost their lives.  When the dam was complete, they put a plaque into the wall.  On it they inscribed the names of the workmen who had died during construction.  The plaque begins, "These died that the desert might rejoice and blossom as the rose."  So Christ died that the dry and arid souls of men might be refreshed and renewed and turned from total waste to useful service.

 

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.