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The Rockin' Rev April 2022

ROCKIN REV

The world we live in!

At the time of writing, it’s day twelve of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Over a million people have already fled to neighbouring countries. A new Iron Curtain seems to be grinding into place. A global economic war deepens, as the military conflict escalates, and civilian casualties rise
 
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell condemned the Russian attack on Ukraine and urged Christians to place their trust in Jesus Christ, and to keep praying for Ukraine, for Russia, and for peace
 
In a pastoral letter to the clergy and people of the Church of England, the Archbishops wrote, “This attack is an act of evil, imperilling as it does the relative peace and security that Europe has enjoyed for so long. The attack by one nation on a free, democratic country has rightly provoked outrage, sanctions, and condemnation”
 
It's difficult to know how the situation in Ukraine and around the world will unfold. Meanwhile, many charities and agencies are doing all they can to supply food and other basic humanitarian aid to those affected by the invasion
 
What we have seen unfold in Ukraine presents a serious challenge to the view that humanity is on an upward climb toward a utopia of freedom and democratic norms. Rather, we find ourselves in a world given to wars and rumours of wars
 
“There’s one thing the world does” wrote English writer, philosopher, and theologian, G. K. Chesterton, nearly a century ago – “it wobbles”. Living in this wobbly world, Christian faith, hope, and love take on a distinctive shape and a particular vision
 
The promise of God is “to make everything new!” This present created order that has become afflicted with disease, disharmony, and death, will ultimately give way to what the Bible calls “a new heaven and a new earth”. In this new order of things death and mourning, crying and pain will have passed away”
 
God has guaranteed this reordering by raising Jesus Christ from the dead. Three days after the horror of his crucifixion the angelic announcement was made to those who went to a tomb expecting to find the dead body of Jesus - “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here! He is risen!
 
The resurrection body of Jesus was God’s first act of new creation that will one day extend to and transform the whole cosmos. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is not only the central affirmation of the Christ faith but also the source of profound hope and comfort to those who believe
 
Happy Easter
 
Rev Brian Hall

Vicar, St Andrew’s Church

 

published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine

 


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