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Tonight

I have been walking home from work this week and noticing the moon grow bigger each evening. Tonight will be a full moon. After sundown it will be Nisan 14 – a deeply significant date.

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An incredible escape from cruel slavery occurred on this night. Millions left Egypt after the Passover celebration was established. The Jews were asked to remember that salvation each year.

For centuries people faithfully observed the annual Passover. In the first century, Jesus and his closest followers did so. It was on that occasion when Jesus introduced a meaningful commemoration for his followers. He was about to give up his life as a sacrifice for mankind.

When I was reading through the events that took place on Nisan 14, I noticed that there was one point when Jesus was under such enormous stress that God sent an angel to strengthen him. I wonder what that angel said to Jesus.

There is only one hope to rescue mankind from the cruel slavery of disease and death. One man died that we may live.

In the weeks prior to his death, Jesus was busy. One of the notable events was when he visited his close friends on the loss of their dear brother Lazarus. When Jesus witnessed the grief of those bereaved, he gave way to tears, even though he knew what he was about to do. Shortly afterwards he was empowered to wake Lazarus up from death. Lazarus returned to life.

Soon Jesus will restore life on a vast scale….but in the meantime he sees the grief mankind feel due to disease and death. He knows what he is soon going to do. He gave up his own life to buy back life for Adam’s descendants. Jesus still feels for our plight before that time when he is authorised to act as King of God’s Kingdom.

The meaning of these events of past salvation and the hope they provide for mankind are deeply significant. There is only only one way that mankind can be rescued from death. So tonight we remember.

I Am Ready

IMG_20200406_192053 Well I made the bread last night. I don’t often make bread to be honest (with so many artisan bakeries on the doorstep, I feel no need). But this was different to any bread I have ever made. Simply water and plain flour. No yeast, no salt.

My Australian friend said to buy organic wine. Well, that was a task! Not least because when I went to the supermarket there was not a single bottle of wine left on the shelf! I was baffled. I asked the assistants what had happened. Apparently since the pubs have closed, people are buying a lot more wine than usual from the supermarkets. So I had to go through a special wine company who would deliver. Anyway now I am prepared. I am talking about mundane matters when actually, my mind is preparing for something very sacred. I have been thinking about it all day.

luirfyufltyOver 3,500 years ago, families would be observing the very first Passover. You don’t need me to tell you how very significant and meaningful an event that night was for the Israelites both then and for centuries afterwards.

Then, just less than two thousand years ago, Christ observed the Passover with a small number of his faithful companions. He used familiar features of the Passover commemoration to introduce a a special arrangement he commanded his followers to observe.

During the course of that Passover, Christ made with his followers a Covenant or a legal promise for a Kingdom. For centuries faithful humans had looked forward to the arrival of the Messiah or Christ who would become a King and bring peace to earth. But now a new feature of his rulership was revealed. He would have co-rulers, who would make up the Kingdom government that would restore this earth to what our Creator originally had in mind.

oihdfNot all obedient humans become Kings in the heavenly Kingdom. The vast majority of good people they have the magnificent hope of living under the loving rule of that Kingdom. The scriptures read like a manifesto for that Kingdom…ending wars, restoring true justice, eliminating poverty and disease, conquering death…wiping out every tear from our eyes.

After sundown (wherever you live) it will be Nisan 14. On this night the Israelites celebrated the Passover. On this night Christ instituted a new commemoration for all of his followers to observe and made a legal covenant for some of his followers to become part of the heavenly government that would be used to restore the earth and all of it’s creatures so that they thrive.

This is a deeply meaningful night to many millions of people. Above all it is meaningful because on this night we remember that it is our Creator who paid the cost to wipe out the effects of sin and death. He went through the agony of seeing his firstborn son suffer great pain and humiliation.We remember that Christ was willing to suffer and give up his perfect human life to claim back what Adam gave up. We remember our Creator has made provisions for life. He has provided the legal arrangement to save mankind from the consequences of Adam’s choice. We remember that it is our Creator’s purpose to fill this earth with the obedient offspring of Adam and for this planet, our home, to be the beautiful paradise he had in mind.

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Tonight many millions will remember the greatest acts of love in history and the wonderful future these make possible. I am going to express my thanks in prayer tonight because the dreams of my heart – for mankind to be at peace and to be happy and healthy – are exactly what our Creator has purposed. To know that the one person in the universe who can bring those changes is longing to do so brings me enormous peace.

I am looking forward to living on earth under the rule of a government that cannot be corrupted. A government that has unlimited resources and cares deeply for all of earth’s creatures. A government which will enable goodness and kindness to flourish. I sleep safe knowing that all things will be put right.

After Work

obaseas Tonight I am going to be doing something a little bit different from my “normal” routine of late. First let me explain why.

You may remember when I went out to Australia last summer I had a couple of days when Goldfinch was having important business meetings with lawyers, a rival company and a huge stack of Danish pastries in the central CBD, I was able to wander around Adelaide all on my own.

gegsdfThe first day I was on my own, I still had terrible jet lag. Two very kind young women who were standing next to a display cart with Bible based journals took pity on me and helped me into the Adelaide Art Gallery which was nice and cool and airy. Once sat down I was able to recover from the horrible dizziness and nausea that had come over me. I took my time wandering around the gallery and then had a coffee down in the restaurant where I met a lovely lady (named Elaine) who was from Scotland originally. She was very kind to me.

sfgfAnyway the next day I had no jet lag and I was back in the city center on my own while Goldfinch was back discussing contracts with the lawyers, rival company and this time biscuits (no Danish pastries on Day Two). I wanted to thank Elaine who had lent me a book all about Adelaide and been very sweet to me. I bought some chocolates from Haigh’s (famous chocolate company who make really nice confectionary) and wrote a thank you card and took it to the restaurant. Elaine was not there, but I met her sister-in-law and passed my little thank you over to her.

ulufdWhen I left the gallery I also looked out for the display cart so I could thank the two young women who had helped me the day before. It seemed they were not there. Anyway, I carried on walking towards the Adelaide Botanical Gardens. Nearer to the University buildings I saw another display court with Bible based journals. But it was a young man and women standing next to the cart. As it was not the same two young women as the day before, I walked straight past them.

jhdfBut a thought came into my mind. I felt an urge to go back and talk to them. I did. Anyway….to cut a long story short, I am still emailing the woman I spoke to that day. One of the subjects we have discussed is why Jesus came to earth and why he died, and what that makes possible for mankind. So…this evening after work…

…I am going to come home and start baking a kind of cracker bread. It is made from only flour and water. There is no yeast or any other raising agent and no salt. I am going to bake it tonight, and then tomorrow night when I come home from work, I am going to listen to a special service broadcast on Nisan 14 to commemorate the greatest act  of love in all human history. A perfect human life given in exchange for the one that Adam lost. Everything that Adam gave up was bought back for mankind.

That means that soon disease and death will soon be eliminated. The consequences of Adam’s selfish decision will be undone permanently. All of the damage will be wiped out. I am going to observe this special event because I know that one thing humans cannot do on their own is undo death. But our Creaotor can…and He is going to do exactly that.