What The World Needs Now
What the world needs now, it needed then!
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.
John 3.16-18 MSG
What God laid down in order to have you in a relationship with Him was blood – the blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus. This is the highest level of sacrifice that ever can be made: The Son of God shed His own blood in order to save you and bring you back into a relationship with God. By giving His only begotten Son, God gave His very best, just for you.
Love for you and all humanity motivated God into doing what He did with His only begotten Son.
What will you bring to the table?
Having given His best for you, the question now is, “What are you bringing into this relationship?”
The Psalmist reminds us that He prepares a table for YOU.
The question is:
‘What will YOU bring to the table?’
There’s a quote we will be using a lot in the Lenten season:
“Nothing brings us together like eating together.”
It doesn’t sound very ‘Lent’ like does it?
Our perception of Lent has become fixed on what we are going to stop eating.
We imagine a little lonely denial, maybe give up the chocolate for Lent.
We may be on the other end of the scale, a little self-flagellation along with the mandatory sackcloth and ashes. All of which is a bit like the creepy religious guy of the Da Vinci Code.
No, not just for some…
The Christian year centers on the major events of salvation history, celebrating Jesus’ birth, death, resurrection, and the sending of the Holy Spirit.
Lent refers to the forty days leading up to Easter.
Easter reminds us that our past has been pardoned and our future has been wonderfully and permanently adjusted.
…but for everyone
God’s love is not just for some its for everyone.
When we speak about eating together it’s not in the sense of being exclusive but inclusive. One of the things we need to give up for Lent is our exclusivity, particularly when it comes to eating.
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