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The Lost World
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jan 2, 2002, 19:44

SOMETHING HAS SURVIVED reads the warning below the movie title. The movie is, of course, The Lost World, Lost World, Lost World, Lost World, another trip into dinosaur-mania from Steven Spielberg. If you read the Crichton novel you know there is another island with dinosaurs that have been created from Dino-DNA and well, you know the rest...people canít wait to see them, be chased by them, and so on and so forth. Have you ever wondered what it was like before people were fascinated by dinosaurs?

Ask any historian worth their salt and they will tell you that until recently "people were dumber than rocks." When by chance they would stumble across the thigh bone of, lets say, a stegosaurus, theyíd say something like, "Now that was one Big Dawg!"

When it comes to dinosaur remains we really just have bits and pieces. According to Nick Hutton, a paleontologist at the Museum of Natural history, "To find a complete, articulated skeleton is extremely rare." It makes sense that at some point when people found dinosaur bones they had no idea what they had found.

When Rev. Robert Plont of Oxford examined a gigantic leg bone back in 1677 he declared it to be the bone of an elephant. He thought perhaps it had been taken to the British Isles, where the bone was found, by the Romans. He probably had a dinosaur bone, but didnít know about dinosaurs then. In 1806, during the Lewis and Clark expedition, William Clark found what most now believe was a dinosaur rib jutting from the bank of the Missouri River. He wrote in his journal that he found the rib of a HUGE fish. In the Connecticut Valley, behemoths left unmistakable footprints in the ancient sandstones. Amherst College president Edward Hancock collected these fossils and printed a book about them. He concluded they must have been big birds.

It wasnít until 1841 that the scientific world heard the announcement from Richard Owen of the British Museum that these mysterious fossils were all part of a separate tribe of extinct and giant animals which he named Dinosauria. This comes from the Greek "deinos," which means terrible and "sauros," which is translated lizard. A few decades later people building railroads in the American west stumbled across all sorts of these bones and the dinosaur became a part of history and legend.

Then of course the Jurassic Park and the Lost World sequel have helped the fascination with dinosaurs continue. It is a good thing that in 1841 someone figured out that these werenít dog bones people kept finding. Once people were aware of them, then dinosaur bones were everywhere.

I donít know if you have paid to see Lost World yet. But if you havenít, let me clue you in. You donít have to pay to see it, you can see one right outside your door or window. We live in a lost world. I know that sounds real spiritual, and it is. The world we live in is lost and it needs to know Jesus Christ. For each of us that should be more exciting and frightening than any movie. We have the unique opportunity to share the love of Jesus in the Lost World we find ourselves in everyday. It is a big job, but you donít face it alone, His Spirit will give you all you need to get it done. And just like the discovery in 1841, once you are aware of what is going on, everything changes. Now it is too canít say you were never told. . .there is a Lost World out there that you are called to touch and change. Get busy, the lost donít get a chance to see a sequel.

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