Thought for April

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lam. 3:22-23)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb.13:8)

As we approach Easter once again we do so knowing and experiencing that we are living in an ever changing world. We live in times of constant cultural flux and just when you think you have a handle on technology, culture, politics and a myriad of other things the goalposts seem to move. Yet in the midst of all this people are looking for constants, for something to hold onto that won’t move or change direction. One senses how unsettled our society is and people, many well-meaning people, point to a raft of solutions but even then they point to things that have no more as solid foundation than the next but there is a constant that we can look to, that constant is the love of the Lord. It is a love so great that the events of the first Easter are what we celebrate as God’s people. It is at Easter that we celebrate the defining truths of our beliefs, it is here we see:

  • That we are sinners in need of a Saviour
  • That God gave us a saviour in the form of His only begotten Son.
  • Jesus, God’s son, took upon himself our sins and put them to death in His death.
  • Jesus rose from the dead and brought new life in his rising to those who trust and obey Him.
  • And from the God’s right hand, now ascended into heaven he now rules and reigns over His kingdom, through His church.

Yet these truths are not simply for Easter they are what define our lives and the life of our fellowship. It is these constants that we rejoice in at Easter, these actions of an unchanging God that show that he does not love us today and will abandon us tomorrow. They show that his steadfast love never ceases and that in a world in change there is one who is unchanging and unchangeable, that there is one who in the midst of our troubles, our trials, our joys and celebrations we can call upon, not as some genie in a bottle who is there at our beck and call but the one who will be there for those that love and trust him. In a world of shifting sands Christ is the solid rock for as the hymn declares ‘All other ground is sinking sand’. We pray many would hear and accept these truths for themselves this Easter.

May the Lord bless you at this wonderful time of year for the believer.

Gordon

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