by Jim Henry

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Nothing Like it in the World (8 of 12)
Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
Psalm 16:10; Matthew 28:5-7; 1 Corinthians 15:1-7

The Irish, the Chinese, whites, former slaves,
Mexicans, and Native Americans all joined together in
one of the greatest feats of engineering history, the
building of the trans-continental railroad. On one
particular day something unbelievable took place. A
thousand workers began at 7:15 a.m. to lay a part of
that track. As they began their work that morning,
there were groups of four men. Two would pick up 520
pounds to 540 pounds of steel at one end with tongs.
Two other men would pick up the other end. These four
men would drop it into a certain place; other guys
would come lay the spikes; others would come
straighten and they started moving. Each of those
thousand men, by the end of the day, had lifted 125
tons per man. They moved that track at one mile an
hour. At the end of the day, going through 20 curves
18,000 feet, elevation increased from 4400 feet to
4700 feet, they had laid 10 miles of track. An
unbelievable thing had taken place.
A man by the name of Silas Seymour, one of the
engineers, made this comment as he looked at what was
happening that day. As he looked at that ribbon of
steel going across our country, he said, "This is a
bond of iron; this bond will bring our country
together in one eternal union. There is nothing like
it in the entire world." Surely other than the
abolishing of slavery in the Civil War and until the
building of the Panama Canal, there's been nothing
like it. The building of that magnificent railroad
between the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific
joining our country together is the greatest railroad
ever built; the greatest railroad system in the world.
"A magnificent thing; nothing like it in the world,"
Seymour said.
But there is something better than that. That is
the resurrection of ...

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