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Thought for the month
Hope for a broken world
Over the last few weeks the news has been full of such distressing stories. In a short space of time, there were the horrific attacks in Manchester and London Bridge, and then the dreadful fire at the tower block in West London. These are such distressing and saddening events, and bring home to us how broken our world is, and how full of pain, loss and damage. At times like this we long for a better world.
In the Gospel accounts of Jesus' life we hear about how Jesus does miraculous things: he heals the sick, restores those whose bodies do not work properly, drives our evil powers, controls the forces of nature, and even raises the dead. These amazing miracles show Jesus' power, and that he is truly the Son of God. However, these miracles also show us something more: the nature of Jesus' kingdom - his new world.
This future kingdom will one day be a place where there is no more sickness or broken bodies, where there is no evil, where nature no longer harms, and where even death is no more. This will come about when Jesus returns, and all of Jesus' people will share in that perfect world. So, Jesus calls on people to respond to him now:
"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:15 NIV)
How will you respond to Jesus?
Verse for the summer:
"Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop - thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown."
(Mark 4:20 NIV)