On an ordinary day in November 2000, a shocking event unfolded on the banks of the River Thames, at London’s Millennium Dome. The following details may sound like something out of a James Bond movie, but they are absolutely true!
- A gang of four audacious thieves used a JCB digger to smash their way through the boundary fences and gates of the Millennium Dome into an area known as the Money Zone.
- Their plan: to steal 12 diamonds that had been on display in a glass cabinet including the priceless De Beers Millennium Star Diamond, worth an estimated £350m.
This incredible pear-shaped beauty is described as a diamond of ‘unrivalled purity’. It is the second largest Grade D diamond ever to be discovered. Diamonds are rated on a colour scale from D-Z. When it comes to diamonds, it’s all about what you cannot see! In other words, diamonds with the least amount of colour are considered the most valuable. Grade D diamonds are the highest grade – totally colourless – and the Millennium Star Diamond is said to be internally and externally flawless!
Had the heist been successful, it would have been the World’s Biggest Robbery – on a par perhaps with someone managing to pinch the famous Painting of the Mona Lisa.
- The jewel thieves, who wore gas masks and protective clothing, hurled smoke bombs and set off canisters of ammonia gas to conceal their entrance, before proceeding to smash into the glass display cabinet with sledgehammers.
- What happened next must have taken the gang by surprise! Unbeknownst to the thieves, the Police had received a tip-off about the gang’s outrageous plot, and had been busy planning to foil the raid for months!
- Police dressed themselves up as Cleaners, and hid guns inside bin-bags! Then in an operation nick-named ‘Magician,’ they were able to overpower the gang and arrest them.
- Meanwhile, outside the Dome, another gang member was also apprehended. He had been waiting in the get-away vehicle – a speedboat, which was stationed on the North shore of the River Thames!
But perhaps, the biggest irony to this story of all, is that even if the thieves had successfully swiped the Star, they would still have been outsmarted! The night before the attempt, the real jewels had been replaced with fakes!
What a story!
Where’s your treasure?
How far would you go to get rich?
You might have heard the saying; “Get rich, or die trying!” Do you think that’s good advice?
Ok so maybe you don’t know anyone who’s risked their life for riches. But chances are you’ve heard stories about people who have gambled all their wages away. Or got drawn into a world of drugs or crime. Or wrecked relationships because money was more important to them than anything else.
The world tries to sell us the lie that money + possessions = happiness.
But the bible tells us that’s a false equation.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also – Matthew 6:20-21
In other words, earthly treasures were not built to last. They are prone to rust, or ruin – or theft! Material things are temporary. Here today, gone tomorrow.
Jesus urges us to store up for ourselves treasures in heaven – to serve God with all our hearts. The choices we make here on earth will echo in eternity. In His love, Jesus instructs us to run after God – not money. Spending all of our time and energy running after riches, is a bit like throwing our life away for a bunch of fake gemstones.
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth – Matthew 6:24
Jesus warns us that it’s virtually impossible to be devoted to God AND money. Our heart will always follow after what we treasure the most.
Jesus is the greatest treasure anyone can ever find. He is much more valuable than the Millennium Star Diamond. He is a God of unrivalled purity and grace, pure, perfect and flawless in every way. Don’t be like those who chase after riches – only to find out that all that glitters isn’t gold. Ask God today to help you serve Him with all your heart.
Live your life for Jesus – He is the greatest treasure you could ever find.