Mmmm Sydney Italian Pasta Mmmm
In Australia, we have delicious European Food thanks to waves of migration!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College this semester, I’m eating big mouthfuls of the New Testament.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Sydney has been shocked by another radical terrorist attack:
A 15 year-old boy targeted a Police station and shot dead a civilian employee.
America has been shocked by yet another mass shooting:
A 26 year-old gunman targeted a College in the US state of Oregon and killed 9 people.
The Syrian Civil War has claimed more than 200,000 lives since 2011.
Death tragically robs families of loved ones, often unexpectedly.
Is there any hope in our world so stained by death?
The verse above is the most famous and most quoted in the Bible.
Why? Because it sums up the message of the entire book so succinctly.
The Bible tells us that God created the world and mankind.
The devil tricked Adam & Eve into rebelling against God.
God punished them with death.
God still loved mankind and gave us a second chance.
He promised that 1 of Adam’s descendants would defeat the devil in the future.
The Old Testament follows these descendants such as King David in Israel.
King David ruled over a peaceful kingdom, but did not defeat the devil.
Within 2 generations this kingdom was divided and eventually invaded by Babylon.
Prophets predicted that a Saviour would redeem his people.
The Jews desperately wanted freedom and the restoration of their own kingdom.
Jesus was born during Roman occupation of Israel.
He did not defeat the Romans as the Jews expected.
Instead Jesus came to save the whole world by dying on a cross.
His death gives us life and signals the devil’s defeat is imminent.
Jesus will finally defeat the devil and eliminate the stain of sin and death.
This Earth with terrorism, mass shootings, wars and death will be destroyed.
Jesus offers eternal life and entry into God’s kingdom.
This offer is open to everyone in the world including the Jews.
We have the chance to live again after we die.
God will create a new Earth that will be free from pain and death.
How can you have hope while surrounded by death in this world?
What will happen after you die?
For Christians, do those around you know your hope for the new creation?
mmmm Bible mmmm
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