11 May 2019

Extinction Rebellion

Julia Hawkins, Flickr

I have some sympathy with those pesky protesters, because it does seem that the reckless human race is doing untold damage to this beautiful planet.

Is humanity so out of control that life on earth is heading towards extinction? Or is it under control, heading towards a destination? And in the big scheme of things, where does my life fit in?

The centre of history
In the Bible, God the Creator is quite clear in telling us that there was a beginning to this world, and there will be a definite end - according to his plan. There is a purpose to human history, and it is focused on one person - his Son, Jesus Christ. This world was created through him and for him.

H.G.Wells (an atheist) once wrote:
"I am an historian, I am not a believer, but this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irresistibly the centre of history."
What do you make of Jesus? He claimed to have come to us from God in heaven. Could this extraordinary man be the one to make sense of life on earth?

The Bible is unashamed in claiming that he is. He is the one who said:
"I am the beginning and the end; who is, who was and who is to come."
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
"I am the resurrection and the life, whoever believes in me will live, even though he dies."
"I am making everything new!"
I guess many people reading this will never really have investigated who Jesus is. Yet no thoughtful person reading the Bible would ever dismiss him out of hand.

Taking Jesus seriously
May I appeal to you to take Jesus very seriously indeed (if you haven't already). Find out as much as you can about him from the Bible.

He takes us very seriously. So much so that he laid down his own life for us, to save us from the deadly consequences of all our wrongdoing. Instead of us facing extinction, he freely offers us forgiveness and a new, everlasting life with him in the new creation he is making.

He is also the one appointed by God to judge us all. Each and every one of us will have to give an account to him for the way we have lived our lives, the way we have treated him and other people, and the part we have played in recklessly damaging the planet and the creatures he made to live on it under our care.

We don't take ourselves very seriously, but we do take Jesus Christ very seriously at St George's Church in Rogers Road. You'd be welcome to join us any Sunday at 10.30am where we spend most of our time getting to know Jesus better, and finding out what plans he has for us and for planet earth.

Simon Smallwood