24th Januayr 2019

Just Give Me One Moment In Time

“Listen, and I will tell you a secret. We shall not all die, but suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye, every one of us will be changed as the last trumpet sounds!”
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (Phillips)

Do you remember the song by Whitney Houston, One Moment In Time? I don’t know if you are aware of it, but Christians long for and live for, just one moment in time! Perhaps you have Christian friends who talk about it from time to time, so you’ll know what I’m on about. It’s a longing that actually, this whole creation yearns and longs for that same moment in time!

Notice Paul’s thoughts on this moment: “…even nature itself might finally be set free from its bondage to decay, so as to share the glorious freedom of God’s children. Yes, we know that all nature has gone on groaning in agony together till the present moment. Not only that but this too, we ourselves who enjoy the Spirit as a foretaste of the future, even we ourselves, keep up our inner groanings while we wait upon our adoption as God’s sons at the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:21-23 Williams ).

That moment is when Jesus Christ will stand again on the Mount of Olives; not as a human being but as the great King of Kings, with all the power of the universe at his disposal, to put things right here on planet earth! Perhaps this is a yearning for all of us—someone to step in and put this mess right. It’s obvious that we need a great hand from somewhere to take away all our sorrow and heartache because of the state of this beautiful blue planet that we call home—it’s that moment in time that is going to make all the difference! Do you want that too?

Here’s a thumb-nail sketch of how things will be: “’See! The home of God is with men, and he will live among them. They shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death shall be no more, and never again shall there be sorrow or crying or pain. For all those former things are past and gone.’Then he who is seated upon the throne said, ‘See, I am making all thing new!’” (Revelation 21:1-4).

Finally, we will get peace, freedom from all the evils that we can see in this world, all that stuff will be washed away and the reign of God will begin—does that sound like something worth longing for? I hope so.

Prayer
Father, we yearn and long for the return of your Son, that moment in time when we will be released from the horror of war, sickness and death. Please make it soon!
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill
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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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