How would you answer the question, “what are you looking forward to in life?”
It seems likely that the younger you are, the bigger the list!
If you’re at school, then it may be that you’re looking forward to finding a job, getting married, travelling to faraway places, buying a home, parenting children, or maybe even more.
If you’re in middle age or a bit older then perhaps you’re looking forward to enjoying an ’empty nest’ or the opportunities of retirement and beyond.
If you’re older still, then maybe the list of things you’re looking forward to is much shorter.
Yet regardless of your age, the number one thing that followers of Christ must look forward to is his return.
Someone once said, “Live like Christ was born yesterday, died today, and is returning tomorrow.”
If you knew Jesus was coming back in a few hours’ time, then how would it change the way you lived your life in these final moments? How would it change your priorities?
The Bible teaches us that Jesus will return like a thief in the night… at a time when we least expect it to happen.
In the Bible, God gives us some tantilising tidbits about what it will be like when Jesus returns, but ultimately the most important thing we can do is be ready for that day.
And the way to be ready is to be turn away from a life rebelling against God, and to turn to Jesus as loving leader of your life.
And as we wait, we should warn people about the dangers of dying without knowing Jesus.
For when it comes to Jesus’ return, it’s not a matter of ‘if’, it’s a matter of ‘when’.
And this is certainly something to look forward to.
This long weekend it will be great to have you with us at church. We’re going to hear from Graham Errington on the topic ‘The Son from Hell’, as we continue our journey through the Old Testament book of Judges in chapter 9.
We will also be hearing answers to the questions that were asked from members at our church last week. Actually, we had 14 questions… but I’m only going to answer half of them this week (and roll over the rest in the weeks after). They are:
1 Do Christians in other countries preach the same things as we do in Australia?
2 Can people be healed or “converted” from homosexuality to being heterosexual?
3 Did God make us so that Jesus would die for us all because he wanted Jesus to die?
4 How can you tell if God is working in someone else’s life?
5 Doesn’t God get sick of having to forgive us all the time?
6 Do we have “free will”?
7 Did Gideon crush Zeeb in a winepress?
It’s also an opportunity to share in the Lord’s Supper at both of our church services, which will help us remember afresh the amazing moment in history when Jesus died for us to forgive us for everything. Amazing stuff.
So, be sure to join us at 5pm on Saturday night for all-age church with a creche and kids’ program, followed by a hot and tasty meal together. Or come along at 9am on Sunday morning for a slightly-more ‘classic’ Anglican service, which will be followed by espresso coffee and lots of time to chat and encourage each other.
And, of course, if you’ve never joined us before, or know someone who’s not come to church for a while, then this is a perfect weekend to join us!
Grace and peace, Jodie.