Did you celebrate 11:11:11 on 11/11/11? Is there anything special about these numerical wonders that seem to captivate our attention? Is this impressive numerical palindrome cause for dancing in the streets? The media gave us a variety of “experts” today who spoke about why these numbers were so important, including making important financial decisions and pursuing love interests on this once in a lifetime day. Even Verizon got in on the action, releasing the new Droid Razr at 11:11:11 on 11/11/11. Technically, the “20” in 11/11/2011 ruins the “perfection,” but that didn’t stop amateur numerologists from sharing theories about the end of the world, politics, and religion. So is it just another day? Or is there something special about this numerical oddity?
Being able to understand the times is an important quality. The sons of Issachar had this skill and were leaders because of it (1 Chronicles 12:32). The “wise men” who allegedly had this ability misused their “skill” with King Ahasuerus (Esther 1:13). In Jesus’ day, those who should have known the Messianic era were able to predict the weather but not the most important time of history (Matthew 16:3-4). Whether New Moons or Sabbaths, end of the world predictions or numerical oddities, Jesus was clear about one thing – He is going to return. The question is, “are we prepared?” If not, why not? Are you looking for the return of the Christ or the solution to a math problem?
Here’s some math we can live by! One body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father all fulfilled in one Christ who is coming to redeem those who are His. In the mean time, we have what may be a “ones” in a lifetime opportunity to accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Please don’t wait too long! Find out about the grace God offers to those who obey His will.
In the mean time…happy birthday to Demi Moore, Leonardo DiCaprio, and other 11/11 babies. And by the way, if you missed it, don’t worry; there will be another chance in 100 years!