It’s easy to be scared with the terrifying news that is currently filling our world.
We used the word ‘unprecedented’ to describe the bushfires, but with this one-in-a-hundred year biohazard raging around the globe, we are right to naturally fear the outcomes of this pandemic.
Unless, of course, we have faith and trust in the good and powerful hand of God.
When Jesus lived on earth two thousand years ago, he instructed his closest friends to make a voyage in a small boat… and the journey nearly ended in disaster, Luke chapter 8 verse 23:
As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.
Jesus and his closest friends were at genuine risk of death by drowning, and so, verse 24:
The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm.
It went from chaos to calm with just a simple word from Christ.
And after he spoke to the wind, he turned to his disciples and asked them, “Where is your faith?”
If Jesus’ closest friends really trusted that he had complete control of the climate, then they would have curled up for a snooze alongside him.
But they had great fear because they had little faith, and in response, verse 25:
The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”
As you fear the future, find your faith in Jesus.
Since he controls the climate, we can trust that he also controls COVID-19, and everything in the universe.
Where is your faith?
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This week we continue our ‘Jesus Is___’ series as Jodie speaks to us on the topic, ‘Jesus is the Light’. Due to changes from the current Coronavirus crisis, our special guest Ben Pfahlert will not be joining us, but will come and speak to us in the coming months.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will not be meeting this weekend at church face-to-face, but will instead be meeting online at our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/jamberooanglican and we’d love you to join us there. It will go live at the normal times of 5pm Saturday and 9am Sunday. Our church members are watching from their homes, and if you’d like to be with them, then let us know and we’ll connect you.
Each week in our services we have a question and answer segment which people ask by filling in response slips or sending an electronic message. Here are the questions that we’ll be hearing answers to this week:
1 If God will “never let us go”, then why do some Christians turn away from him?
2 Why does God let the devil tempt people to turn away from Christianity?
3 When people stop following Jesus, did they ever really know him?
4 Will the people who ate the first bread in the desert go to heaven or hell?
5 If there are no disabilities in heaven then why do we sing about Jesus’ heavenly scars?
6 How and why did Paul hand some people “over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme”?
7 Does God answer our prayers through the people we meet?
Please keep praying for our world at this time. We live in an uncertain moment, but we know we can have certainty in Christ.
Grace and peace,