By David A. Sargent
The Omni William Penn Hotel is one of Pittsburgh’s swankiest
hotels. Imagine the surprise when some hotel guests checked into the
Presidential Suite and found a homeless man sleeping on the couch!
When hotel security officers arrived on the scene, they woke him up,
took him to their office, and called the police. Jeffrey Lennon
Watson, 48, told police he was from Los Angeles and was passing through
the city to return to California. He informed them that he had been in
Pittsburgh for over a month and “sleeps wherever he can locate somewhere
comfortable to rest his head.”
According to the Associated Press, there aren't too many places more
comfortable than Watson's chosen location. The 16th-floor suite
features a 1,300-square-foot parlor plus three bedrooms, and includes
crystal chandeliers, a dining room, grand piano, a full kitchenette, and
sitting room, according to the hotel's website. The site doesn't state
how much the room costs.
So how did he get in there? Police don't know how long Watson had
been in the suite or how he got in. Hotel general manager Eric
DeStefano offered the following explanation:
The parlor area of the Presidential suite is "a general-use area for
receptions and small events. The door had been programmed to remain
unlocked for an event earlier that day. As soon as the occupant was
discovered, he was escorted off the property," DeStefano said.
Police took Watson to the Allegheny County Jail, where he remained
Wednesday unable to post $15,000 bond. He faces a preliminary hearing
Nov. 19 on charges of criminal trespass and theft of services, according
to online court records. *
God has promised that those who follow Him will live forever with
Him in heaven (see 1 Peter 1:3-5). Contemplating the splendor of heaven
(cf. 1 Corinthians 2:9) and the pristine holiness of God, one may feel
as “out of place” as a homeless man in a ritzy hotel!
Imagine one angel saying to another concerning you or me: “How’d HE get in here?”
And the answer is: Jesus!
Although our SIN separates us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2) and can keep
us out of heaven and destined for the second death (cf. Revelation
21:8), God loves us so much that He gave His Son Jesus to die on the
cross for our sins (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Jesus paid the
price for our sins so that we can be saved and live eternally with Him
in heaven (Hebrews 10:19-20)!
Jesus will save and give eternal life to those who accept His offer
on His terms: place your faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn
from sin in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans
10:9-10), and be baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of
sins (Acts 2:38). He will continually cleanse the sins of those who
continue to walk in the light of His word (1 John 1:7).
And one day when, by the grace of God, we are in heaven and we’re
asked, “How’d YOU get in here?” We can answer with loving adoration and
endless praise: “Jesus!”
Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6
Won’t YOU accept Jesus’ offer on His terms?
* Information gleaned from Joe Mandak of the Associated Press
- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood in
Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional entitled
Living Water." To learn more about this excellent resource contact
David via their website: http://www.creekwoodcc.org