Pastor’s Pen 31st May 2020

Shalom. Be reminded of how immense the universe is… and then consider that the Creator of it knows you.
Well this weekend sees us back together on a Sunday morning. There’ll be forms to sign, hands to clean and guidelines to observe but we’ve nearly made it through lockdown.
In Aotearoa we have largely dodged the pandemic that is still raging in many places. Through out this time I have been intrigued by the number of ‘prophetic’ proclamations and conspiracy theories that have abounded. Many of these have arisen because as humans we love to ‘know’ and secret knowledge is even better. So when crises occur we sense a slip in our knowledge and we seek to understand why it happened and what will be the result. A conspiracy appeals to many and often based on half truths they can seem plausible… who knows, some of them might be true.
Essentially we like to know what’s coming up, so we accept things that normally we wouldn’t. After all, these haven’t been normal times.
I have been asked if I think these are the end days and is Jesus returning soon?
Well, I don’t know. On one hand yes… we’ve been in the end times ever since Jesus ascended… there have been many times throughout history people have considered that the end days were here, but we’ve yet to see him descend through the clouds.
Whenever I find myself facing this I’m reminded of Matthew 6 v34…“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
I think it’s good to consider the implications of Jesus return but we should approach everyday as if it were our last opportunity to worship him, because you never know… it might be.
I’m content with leaving some mystery in the hands of a loving Saviour and trusting … that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6
Until then… have an awesome week.

Bless ya
Pastor Mike