Sunday we worshipped with La Chiesa di Christo in Rome. This church was begun through the efforts of Sandro Corazza several decades ago. His son, Stefano, now serves the church as evangelist. Brother Sandro continues to spend his time in translating good biblical literature into Italian. At the invitation of the church I spoke yesterday and plan to speak again next Sunday. Stefano, one of my students about 30 years ago, translated for me. These men are doing a good work in a challenging area.
Our visit of the Colosseum and the Forum was marred by rain. It is difficult to complain about rain; it is such a blessing from the Lord. If you have ever tried to make photos in or after a rain I think you know what I mean. The Colosseum was built in A.D. 80 by the Emperor Titus. He used 10,000 of the slaves from Judea in this work. Titus was in charge of the Roman army when Jerusalem was burned in A.D. 70.
In the Forum there is an arch dedicated to Titus. The inside of the arch has two important reliefs. On one side we see the Roman soldiers taking away the seven-branched menorah, a table, and trumpets from the temple in Jerusalem. The other side shows a triumph scene. The Emperor rides in his chariot through the streets of Rome. Paul draws an analogy to this common scene in 2 Corinthians 2:14 and Colossians 2:15.
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