13th June 2018

The Death That Changed Everything

“…We thank God because of what Christ Jesus has done for us.”
Philippians 3:3 (EE)

As I wrote this I was thinking springtime at last! The snowdrops had slipped through the snow; the tiny yellow blooms of daffodil tête-á-tête turning heads were in full flower and the hellebores were, or at least they should have been, the glory of the garden, but evidently, they weren’t. The buds and blooms looked moth-eaten, were edged in brown, and clearly damaged. I’ve never seen this before in our garden, and clearly whichever creature was responsible for this indiscriminate shredding of flower buds, whether single or double, black or white, and all forms and colours in between, were most unwelcome. What had done this deed? After all, the poisons (cyanogenic glycosides[i]) contained in the foliage of hellebores make them unpalatable to deer and rabbit, the usual suspects of systematic damage within a rural garden. A good friend and expert in hellebores told me this is mice and asked were my tulips coming up! Alas they too were gone, the gaping holes in the earth but a shadow reminder of where they were planted.

Then the penny dropped. This damage was an unexpected consequence from the death of our feline ‘mouser extraordinaire,’ Charlotte, last winter. When someone, or something, dies there are always changes and challenges, as well as unexpected consequences to our lives. Death creates change, whether for good or for bad.

The biggest change that happened to all humanity was the result of someone’s death. This death, described in 1 Peter 1:18-20, was planned before the foundation of the world – before we were created. This person’s death changed everything for everybody who ever lived or is yet to be born on this earth. This person who died, and was resurrected, is Jesus Christ.

God would now live within us if we let him in. We can now overcome our human nature with help from the Holy Spirit. We can now develop the mind of Christ. God’s dwelling is within Christians (Colossians 1:26-27). No other change could be so needed by us. Familiar passages, such as Ephesians 1:4-11, Galatians 2:20, Romans 8:9-11, and John 3:16-17, remind us of these aspects.

As we celebrated the Lord’s Supper/Good Friday/Easter season, remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we considered the positive impact and change this had and continues to have on all of us, whilst we praise and thank God for His gift. The death of one person, our saviour, and knowing him, makes it possible for us to enter eternal life.

Prayer
Lord God, Thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Help us to view His death as a necessary but positive change for the whole world and praise you for this.
Amen

Study by Irene Tibbenham

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About the Author:
Irene Tibbenham is a Deaconess and serves on the Pastoral Council in the Norwich Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, a part of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Norwich
New Hope Christian Centre
Martineau Lane
NORWICH
NR1 2HX

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 01508 498165
Mobile: 07931 580409
Email: tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

 

[i] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0041010199001282

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