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    BY TRENT GILLIS, SENIOR EDITOR (@TRENTGILLISS) | SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012

    Watch this first!

    Go to the woods of Kyushu, Japan. Engineer a massive xylophone (or is it a marimba?) to run down the slope of a forested hill. Take a wooden ball, place it at the top of said instrument, and push it. What do you get? Bach’s treatment of a traditional church hymn! Namely, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

    And, all this for a Japanese commercial for a kidney-shaped smartphone with the tagline, “Touch Wood.” I may be late to the party on this one, but when I think of all the time it took to set this up, the precision and measurements used to adjust it and actually make each piece, and how many takes the film crew shot, it continues to inspire even if it’s a year old.

    Here’s how the wooded instrument and commercial was made:

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    A very well know scripture found in Matthew 19:24 KJV  says, “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

    Have you ever thought about what’s on the other side of the eye of a needle? Man, it could be mind-boggling and very adventurous, only if one could get through it.

    When a person looks through that “eye of the needle,” it seems impossible to get through. The only place it’s really narrow and impossible-looking is the side from which one peers. On the other side of that “eye” is the realm of eternity. It goes on forever and ever. There are no limitations, boundaries, fences, barriers, railings, blockades, roadblocks, bars or obstructions in that realm. Wow, an eternity of freedom.

    The things that keep one from this eternal place are pre-conceived ideas, traditions, cultures, customs and even religions of human beings around the world that oppose and refuse to believe in the Almighty God, Creator of all things in heaven and earth, Creator of human beings, the first of whom were Adam & Eve. That’s why this side of that “eye of a needle” is so narrow.

    The other side of that needle is referred to in the above scripture as “the Kingdom of God,” the realm of eternity.

    Did you know that God put His very thoughts of eternity in our hearts when He began creating us in our mothers’ wombs? That’s right! It says so right here in Ecclesiastes 3:11—

    “He has made everything to suit its time; moreover He has given men a sense of time past the future . . . ” NEB

    “He has made everything beautiful in its time; He has also planted eternity in men’s hearts and mind [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun, but only God, can satisfy] . . . ” AMP

    No person can say they have not thought about what happens, or where they will go after they die. You see that is when eternity begins. Where we spend eternity is up to us to decide before we die. That decision is what will either get us through the eye into eternity (Heaven), or cause us to remain on the narrow side throughout all eternity (Hell).

    The only way to possibly get through the seemingly narrow “eye of the needle” into the Kingdom of God (eternity) is to humble oneself — lay aside all preconceived ideas about Jesus Christ. As mentioned above, many cultures, customs, traditions and even religions around the world are what keep one from getting through the narrow passage. But once those are laid aside long enough to hear a word about Jesus Christ, then it’s as if a special oil is applied to a new way of thinking about the One we so long opposed, and we can slip through that narrow passage into the realm of eternity. 

    A word about Jesus Christ

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (Jesus, the Christ), that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son (Jesus, the Christ) into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:16-17 KJV

    Jesus Christ provides us with eternal life on the other side of the “eye of the needle.” On this side of the “eye of the needle” can only be found narrowness, bondage and squinting judgmental eyesight. The Rolling Stones sang a lyric in a famous song typical of this side of the “eye of the needle” —

    I can’t get no satisfaction

    I can’t get no satisfaction

    ‘Cause I try, and I try, and I try, and I try

    I can’t get no

    I can’t get no

    Thanks be to God for the “thoughts of eternity” He breathed into us when He gave us life. An infusion of a Word about Jesus Christ will enable one to lay down preconceived ideas about God and begin a journey through the “eye of the needle.” Gaining entry is simple: b-e-l-i-e-v-e and r-e-c-e-i-v-e.

    The vastness of God and His love waits to be explored. Why wait any longer?

    —nils olson