Tutankhamun became “King Tut” at the age of 8 and died mysteriously at age 19. He was buried and for over 3,300 years virtually forgotten until Howard Carter—after years of searching—discovered his tomb in the Valley of the Kings (1922), the only completely undisturbed treasure trove of Egyptian antiquities! For years, there were traveling exhibitions using various artifacts from the tomb, but at present they can only be seen in Egypt…and at that, only some of them. However, a group of skilled Egyptian artisans working in conjunction with research scientists and Egyptologists have created an incredible exhibition including over 1,000 exquisite, precise reproductions of the original artifacts, and it’s in Grand Rapids from May 16-September 1, 2015. The exhibition provides a detailed history of the archeological search, some “virtual reality,” 3-D experiences, and many videos that make you almost feel like “you were there” when the treasure was discovered. There are also audio guides for both adults and children, and our grandchildren were (literally) mesmerized for two hours, which (believe me) is not usual for 4 active boys ages 9-3!! If you or any of your loved ones are history buffs the way my family is, I really recommend your visiting the Grand Rapids Public Museum to experience Discovering King Tut while he’s still in Grand Rapids! I was particularly fascinated to notice the depiction of wings covering the tombs, very like Old Testament descriptions of the Ark of the Covenant, and the fact that they made tiny replicas of servants to help them in the afterlife.As much as I’m tempted to think it might be cool to have servants to take care of me after I die, God tells us in the Scripture that He’s already sent his Son—as a servant— to take care of us by dying in our place before we die, so that after we’re dead we don’t have to fear any curse, from any man or “god,” because through faith in Christ, we can be freed from the curse of the law and redeemed to God! When our body dies, if we are trusting in Christ to save us from our sin, we can be assured that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8) “Behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch” (Zachariah 3:8).
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (Galatians 3:13).
“For he hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
“I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (The Apostle Paul, Acts 20:20-12).