The Inside Column 26/02

Posted in: The Inside Column- Feb 26, 2012 No Comments

The time has come the walrus said etc., etc. and so this morning we will speak of many things but not shoes and ships. Perhaps direction, vision, focus and future. Not cabbages and kings but certainly Vicars.

The announcement you have been waiting for will be announced.  With the huge  insurance costs now for earthquakes, we have successfully sold the church to McDonalds for a drive through takeaway. The location right on the main road and a pre-made circuit is exactly what they were looking for……Just joking !

Tuesday was the anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Christchurch last year As we watched the moving memorial service the questions arose again didn’t they? All summed up in one word WHY? We often say that God is able to take the very worst that happens and bring the very best out of it. But what do they mean in the face of  the Christchurch Earthquake  and the suffering of so many people? How do we know God can bring good out of something like that?

Look at the cross! Look at Jesus

God is no bystander to human suffering.

He died the same way we die.

Here is God’s final answer to the problem of human suffering. He joined our race, took our nature, entered our world, ate with us, drank with us, walked and talked with us, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.

He didn’t simply die with us.

He died for us.

When he rose from the dead, he reversed the original curse and he set in motion a chain of events that will one day mean an end to all the earthquakes, floods,  hurricanes and all the cancer and all the suffering and all the pain that plagues us and drags us down.

The cross sends a message from God to a rebel world: “I will never stop loving you.”

God’s answer to your pain is not a sermon or a theory or a book. God’s answer to your pain is a Person. God’s answer is Jesus. We make the choice to either run away from God or to run to Him. But if we run to him, look what Jesus says in John 16:33: “These things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have  overcome the world.”

He offers us the two very things we need when we’re hurting: peace to deal with our present and courage to deal with our future.



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