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Thought for the Day by Judith Bawtree
Luke 19: 28-44
"If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace - but now it is hidden from your eyes."
“Why is it perfect one day and disastrous the next?”
This was written by one of our local school children at a prayer space, the day before the school closed its doors. I thought: what a great question and so true of our present situation. A couple of weeks ago we might have felt life was going well. Now we’re restricted to home and are living in a very different world. We await news of increased cases of corona and more dying. Have we had our perfect day and now face disaster?
On Palm Sunday we tell the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem. He rides on a colt, the foal of a donkey, a symbol of a King coming in peace. It’s an amazing day for his followers, the disciples are throwing down their cloaks, laying a red carpet for their coming King. The disciples thought this was their perfect day! However, Jesus knew that they were only thinking about their immediate problem, and wanted saving from the Roman oppression. If Palm Sunday was their perfect day, then Good Friday was a day of disaster for them. The hope for a King to sort out their problems, fell apart as Jesus was crucified.
And yet in God’s kingdom things are not how we see them. In God’s view the day of disaster, which we call Good Friday, was in fact the day when our real problem, our rejection of God, was dealt with. Jesus would offer, through His death, peace with God and with mankind. I just wonder if today’s virus is our immediate problem which we want solved, but we are forgetting our greater need, to be at peace with God. Amazingly, the offer from God remains open to us today, let’s pray many will see their need and turn to Jesus our Prince of peace.
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