The iconic Scrabo Tower is a notable landmark that dominates the North Down landscape. Standing at 540 ft tall the tower, along with Killynether Wood which is located just below the Scrabo Golf Club clubhouse is a popular spot for local walkers and family picnics.
The tower, which was built of Scrabo stone quarried from the hill upon which it stands, was erected in 1857 as a memorial to Charles Stewart, 3rd Marques of Londonderry who had a distinguished career as a nobleman and as a soldier and became one of the Duke of Wellington's generals during the Napoleonic Wars.
While it is a good thing to honour men of worth not all who have received honours in the past have proved themselves worthy of them and not all worthy men have been honoured as they should have been.
One unique man of worth, the Lord Jesus Christ, stands out as the most despised of all men. Isaiah the ancient prophet spoke of him when he said: "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:" Isaiah 53v3
He, the only begotten Son of God, came into this world where men loathed him without reason and consigned him unjustly to die upon a cross. Peter the apostle later charged these same men with their guilt in this murderous act but reminded them that all that had taken place was according to the predetermined purpose of God. Ac 2:22-23 "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:"
The truth is that he had come to die for our sins. Isaiah speaks of him "who ... was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53v5
In a world of hopelessness and grief the cross of Christ stands out as a timeless beacon of hope for all men and women who acknowledge their need of pardon from God because of their sins: 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4 "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and was buried, and he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"
This risen man is alive today and is seated at the right hand of God on high. He has borne the penalty of sin on behalf of all. 1 Timothy 2: 5-6. Because of him God is ready, even now, to forgive all who come to him through Jesus Christ for forgiveness.
The multitudes of earth who through him know the joy of pardon and cleansing from their sins will honour him through all eternity to come. Their loud accolade will sound: "Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood" Revelation 1:5 and their praise will be , "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." Revelation 5:12
In that day will your voice join with the voices of that vast host of saved ones who sing his praises?