On Monday, the leaders of the United States of America and North Korea met at the Demilitarised Zone that sits precariously on the border between the divided Korean nations along the 38th Parallel.
It was described as a last-minute event, and the impact was strongly symbolic.
These two nations have been apart since August 1945, when the North was controlled by Communists installed by Russia and later influenced by China, and the South was controlled by the US.
This division greatly impacts the people of Korea, but it is indicative of a conflict that stems from the Cold War.
Any future reunification would be a powerful sign of peace between warring factions, and would bring some comfort to the world that tires of the nuclear sabre rattling of global powers.
In the Bible, there was another wall of hostility that powerfully divided two, warring factions.
These were the Jews and the Gentiles, separated from early human history due to the clear commands from our Lord God for his chosen people to be pure and holy from the world that rejects him.
Yet, even in the time before Jesus there were hints that this division would not remain forever, as some well-known Gentiles came to trust in the Lord and be welcomed into his people.
When Jesus died, the final barrier was destroyed, and now people from all nations can come together as the new people of God, united as one in Christ.
As we read in Ephesians,
For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. (Ephesians 2:14)
This is true, lasting peace that will survive into eternity.
Well after our epic journey through the book of Judges, we’re flicking to the New Testament to have a big-picture look at one of the Apostle Paul’s key letters to church leaders, 1 Timothy. Mark Howard will be opening this great letter up to us, helping us to see ‘The Secret of Godliness’.
During our services we’re going to hear an update from our friends at Anglicare about how they’re providing much-needed help to people within our community.
We’ve got a bunch of questions from the last few weeks that I’m looking forward to answering this weekend. They are:
1 What is a Gafcon Primate?
2 Who gave the Bible its name?
3 Why did God create humans when he could have instead not had sin in the universe?
4 If God knew we would sin then why did he make us?
5 Since Jesus was fully human, would he have also sinned like Adam?
6 Is anger a sin?
7 Why does God let children have fights with their parents if he wants us to honour them?
8 How did you become a Christian?
So, come and join us either at 5pm Saturday for our all-age service with kids’ program, dinner, then youth group. Or come along on Sunday at 9am for a more classic-style Anglican service, followed by excellent espresso.
See you then, God willing!
Grace and peace, Jodie.