The cave rescue of the Thai soccer team has had us glued to our screens.
It is no surprise that Hollywood film executives are already jockeying to bring this remarkable message of salvation to the big screen.
It was a great answer to the prayers of so many people that these trapped boys were brought to safety, despite almost insurmountable physical challenges, and enormous risks by the rescuers.
If you’ve ever been deep inside a cave, you will have experienced a sense of darkness that is hard to describe.
Even when your light has been turned off for minutes, it’s so dark that you still can’t even see your hand in front of your face.
Then, when you leave the cave, you are overwhelmed with the brightness of the daylight.
That’s why the cave survivors have been seen wearing sunglasses as they recover from their ordeal.
Light and darkness are often used in the Bible to contrast the differences between following Jesus and disobeying him… and there’s no middle ground.
And so, the Bible says of followers of Jesus that:
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:9-11)
As people who have been saved by God from the darkness of eternal death, let us love living in his light, enjoying the privilege of pleasing him by our good, right, and truthful living.
For to anyone who has been freed from the darkness of death, light represents life to the full.
And that’s why followers of Jesus have the privilege of living in a way that pleases the Lord.
It’s wonderful to leave the darkness and live in the light of Jesus.
This weekend, Jodie continues the mini-series called ‘The gospel at GAFCON’, with the next talk titled ‘The gospel is under attack’ from Acts chapter 20 verses 17 to 35.
At our 5pm Saturday service, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and Jodie will be answering these questions:
Our 8am Sunday service will be a Morning Prayer Sunday service.
At both our services this weekend, we will have a special report from the McNeills from their time catching up with our CMS link missionary, Jo during their visit to Israel.
If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards. Our youth group ‘Alive’ is taking a break for the holidays. Or come along on Sunday at 8am for a Prayer Book service.
If you can’t make it in person, you’re welcome to jump online to watch the service (with the same sermon and many other items) at www.oakflats.tv.
See you at 5pm this Saturday or 8am this Sunday, God willing!