July 8, 2007
Guest Article by Steven D. Minor (Ada, OK)
A man by the name of Henry Phillip Hope was one owner, out of many of one of the most well known treasures in the world—the Hope diamond, weighing 45.52 carats! Not only is this one of the most well known treasures in the world, but according to the legend of the diamond, it was a rare jewel with a “curse” attached to it. The Hope diamond started out weighing 112 3/16 carats and was most likely found in the Kollur mine in Golconda, India. The triangular, violet-looking diamond was passed through the hands of many wealthy persons ever since it was first sold back in 1668. Tragedy seemed to always follow the merchant who bought the diamond. Many people through the centuries had, no doubt, coveted this awesome, dark-bluish gem. However, a New York jeweler named Harry Winston purchased the diamond in the 1940’s and in 1958 he donated it to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D. C. for everyone to see (but not touch).
How would you like to own something so rare and valuable and desired by everyone? You can! Every person who wills, can be a part of the immeasurable, unfathomable riches found in Jesus Christ! Paul, in Ephesians 3:8, said his privilege was to “preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ.” (NASV) Unfathomable literally means “trackless” or “That cannot be traced out, that cannot be comprehended.” Paul is saying that he is privileged to give away the priceless treasure that everyone on earth can have if they desire it. It’s the unsearchable riches of being in and with Jesus Christ for eternity! This is a gem that does not have a “curse” attached to it, but rather, blessings! Paul wrote to Christians, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” “Ephesians 1:3. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” John 10:10. This gem is not locked up in the Smithsonian Institute but is available at anytime to anyone who wants to get their hands on it.
“The Hope diamond is classified as a type 11b diamond, which are semi-conductive and usually phosphoresce. The diamond phosphoresces a strong red color, which will last for several seconds after exposure to trace amounts of ultra-violet light” (www.nmnh.si.edu/minsci/hope.htm). In other words when exposed to a certain light it will retain that light for a few seconds after it is exposed. A person who comes in contact with the light of Christ will retain that light within them, not for seconds, but for a lifetime!
There is a high cost, however. The cost is much more than one would pay for the Hope diamond. It will cost you your life. One must give up everything and be willing to submit in full obedience to have the unfathomable riches of Christ. Your heart, soul, mind and strength, time and possessions must belong to God. How bad do you want this jewel?