2nd April 2018

One Giant Leap For Mankind 

“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.”
1 Corinthians 15:17 (NIV)

On July 20th, 1969, the astronaut Neil Armstrong left the base craft and walked on the moon. His words were ‘That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.’ It was a monumental historic moment for all of humanity—man had walked on the moon for the first time.

Not wishing to detract from the amazing scientific achievement of NASA, I am compelled to ask, how have these historic footsteps on the moon helped us? Armstrong’s words still resonate today, but how has his walking on the moon solved our problems? We still have war and bloodshed, famine and disease, increasing weather calamities due to global warming, etc.

As a Christian I can say with complete conviction that the most historic footsteps of all time which really were a ‘giant leap for mankind’ were the steps that Jesus Christ took out of the tomb 2,000 years ago. Unlike July 20th 1969, the world’s media was not present, there was no worldwide news coverage, it wasn’t televised or recorded for us to see, it happened without witnesses. God does not need man to make a statement. Jesus Christ was resurrected on a still quiet morning when the world was asleep.

Jesus’ steps truly were for all mankind, His resurrection that morning declared the conquering of death itself. There can be no greater leap for mankind than to eliminate death. His steps guaranteed His children forgiveness of sin and eternal life. Surely those steps that morning were and still are the most decisive in all human history. A gigantic leap from sin and death, to life forever. Romans 6:9 reminds us, “For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.”

Man walking on the moon was an amazing achievement, but God on a cross dying for our sins, and then being resurrected and walking in the garden that significant morning, was the most pivotal of moments for mankind – ever.

Prayer
Father God, Jesus Christ our Saviour and mighty Holy Spirit, we praise you for your mercy and forgiveness. We thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus and His resurrection which gives us hope for tomorrow.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net