We are tentatively planning to commence limited meeting together again from next Sunday, Easter Day, as we seek to follow carefully the Government’s Roadmap out of lockdown. Summary details are given in the Notices on page 3 and will be announced this morning. How we all long for ‘normality’ to be restored and how we give thanks to God, as well as to the Government, the scientists, the NHS etc, for this now being possible.
I’ve previously referred, however, to the danger of ‘normality’ becoming some form of idolatry, so that our focus is solely on ‘this world’ rather than on God. It’s very significant that when Jesus was on trial before Pilate, He answered the Roman governor: “My Kingdom is not of this world. If it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now My Kingdom is from another place”. When Jesus says His Kingdom is “from another place” His words literally mean “not from here”. So when the penitent thief dying on the cross next to Jesus asks Him to “remember me when You come into Your Kingdom”, Jesus assures him that “today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23v42,43).
Our great hope is in Christ’s eternal Kingdom in the new heaven and new earth, not returning to some form of previous normality. Consequently, Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4v18).
Yes we do long – but let’s not idolize!
Peace and Grace