Mmmm Vietnamese Pork Roll with French-style Bread Mmmm
In Australia, we have the freshest farm produce to make awesome food!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College last semester, I ate big mouthfuls of the New Testament.
8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord or ashamed of me his prisoner.
But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God,
9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
2 Timothy 1:8-10
Australia was shocked by a hostage situation in Sydney 1 week before Christmas.
Peaceful Australia had never experienced this kind of ISIS terrorism before.
Sadly the Sydney Siege ended tragically with the deaths of 3 people.
There was an outpouring of grief across Sydney & the whole country.
Masses of flowers appeared in Martin Place to honour the dead.
Death is an unpredictable tragedy that robs families & friends of loved ones.
Grief is often raw and some mourners never get over their loss.
The passage above shows Jesus destroyed death by dying on a cross for us.
God raised Jesus back to life showing us that there is hope beyond the grave.
Immortality or eternal life is on offer to all who trust in Jesus.
Death does not have to be the tragic end, but the beginning of a better life with God.
The dark shadows of death are replaced with the light of life: Jesus.
This light is the gospel or good news that followers of Jesus share with the world.
No one can earn eternal life: only God gives this as a free gift – “grace”.
Paul wrote this letter to Timothy – a young worker leading a church.
Paul reminded Timothy that grace was the meaning & purpose of his life & work.
Gospel work was challenging but eternal life with Jesus was worth suffering for.
Fast forward 2000 years and Jesus is still at the centre of his followers’ lives.
Followers are saved by grace and called to live holy lives that reflect the light of Jesus.
Followers confidently know there is life after death – giving great hope & peace now.
Death is no longer a tragedy for those trusting in Jesus.
Followers will see each other again in heaven and genuinely rest in peace (RIP).
Those who die not knowing Jesus will not rest in peace – they are lost forever.
How do you face the tragedy of sudden death of a loved one?
Will you see your loved ones again after they die?
Is Jesus at the centre of your life, family, church & work?
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