I am reminded of the line from Monty Python, when Dennis states emphatically to King Arthur, “I’m 37, I’m not old!” (Some of you will get that). Or again from the great Canadian sage Red Green, “I’m not old, I’m ripe.” I have come to love the expression, “I’m not old, I’m a classic.”
I was reminded of that saying when I landed in Cuba. Everywhere I turned I came face-to-face with classic cars from the 50’s and even earlier. I felt like I was cast in a remake of American Graffiti. I wasn’t able to identify everyone, but it was an incredibly cool experience to see them driving around everywhere you looked. One of our guides told us “Auto mechanics are more than mechanics, they are magicians.” What he meant was that since Cuba doesn’t have access to parts for cars that old, the mechanics have to improvise. A 51 Ford might have an engine from a vehicle from the 80’s. A 57 Chevy Bel Air might have a radiator from a car from 70’s. These mechanics get the cars on the lift and work their magic. The greatest advantage these cars have, that we in Canada don’t, is the climate and the roads. Since Cuba doesn’t have winter, as we know it, they are also fortunate enough not to have the salt that corrodes our vehicles.
Why bring this account of classic cars, or old cars to you in my Friday E-Bulletin? Here is my reasoning. Steve and Senia Newsome are involved in Cuba bringing an “Old” message. Classic! I like that better, it’s classic.
In Acts 17, the Apostle Paul went into the Synagogue, and on three separate Sabbath days reasoned with the attendees from the scriptures (the Old Testament) that Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. Paul reasoned that the Gospel was not new, but old (classic). Later he would write to the Roman church:
Paul, a servant[ of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 1:1-4)
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is CLASSIC. But it does not need an updated engine, it’s power is quite sufficient (Romans 1:16). The Gospel was conceived in eternity past and gradually unfolded in the Old Testament Scriptures and sped into history at the coming of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is old, not new. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4:
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures
Would you take some time today and pray for God’s Classic Message of the Gospel to spread widely in Cuba?
See You Sunday,