Toward the end of 2008 what was billed as the world’s most expensive new book went on display at the New York Public Library. There are more expensive old books, but this is a new book produced by the Italian publisher Marilena Ferrari. It’s cost: over $100,000! The book depicts the life and work of Michelangelo, including photographs of his drawings and sculptures, creations from the Sistine Chapel, and his personal poetry. It weighs 62 lbs, has a front cover of white marble, and is covered with red silk velvet. Its paper is from one of Italy’s oldest paper mills – the mill where Picasso bought his art paper. Each book takes six months to make and comes with a 500-year warranty!
There is another book more precious and more valuable than all books. It is sealed with that which is more costly than silver and gold, for it is sealed with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, as Jesus said, “this is my blood of the covenant”, when instituting the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:26-28). The New Testament is that covenant (Hebrews 9:15-17), which became effective with the death of Christ. The warranty on this book is everlasting, for it is the word of the Lord that abides forever (I Peter 1:25). To access the Way of Salvation as revealed therein, the Word of God teaches us that we must place our faith and trust in Jesus (John 8:24), turn from our sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38). Then, as we walk in the light as He is in the light, the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us from all sin (1 John 1:7). God’s word is THE most important Book! Read it to be wise, believe and obey it to be saved, and practice it to be holy. Come and learn of God’s love and His plan for your salvation.
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