We’re not fac­ing a scary fu­ture alone

Solihull News - - FAITH MATTERS - Ann Pol­son Soli­hull Methodist Church

WHAT would hap­pen if you were told that to­day is the last day of your life?

Are you cer­tain of where your eter­nal destiny would be?

We will all have to face this ques­tion, the un­ex­pected might hap­pen, as with the hor­rific mur­der­ous at­tacks and ma­jor nat­u­ral dis­as­ters re­cently, or be­cause of ill­ness and old age.

Our life is frag­ile and will even­tu­ally end.

I re­cently vis­ited an ex­hi­bi­tion dis­play­ing a life- sized pho­to­graph of the Turin Shroud.

The shroud is thought to be the grave cloth which was wrapped around the body of Je­sus Christ af­ter his death by cru­ci­fix­ion and shows all the marks and bruises of his bat­tered body.

Chris­tians be­lieve that three days af­ter his death Je­sus was raised from the dead by the power of God and lives on to­day bring­ing us hope for the fu­ture. The im­age of Je­sus so clearly marked on the Turin Shroud is thought to be the re­sult of the power from God which brought Je­sus back to life.

The ar­gu­ments con­tinue whether the Turin Shroud is gen­uine, or even if Je­sus has ac­tu­ally risen from the dead – but sup­pose it is true?

Je­sus Christ, the Son of God died, was raised from the dead in a mirac­u­lous way, and is alive now, want­ing to help us each day, wait­ing to lead us to an eter­nal fu­ture.

That cer­tainly takes the fear out of the ques­tion ‘ what hap­pens when I die?’ and for me, and many oth­ers, gives a real as­sur­ance that Je­sus will be with us, bring­ing com­fort and peace into the dif­fi­cul­ties and fears we all face ev­ery day.

The Bi­ble is very clear about the death and res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus.

Read Luke 24: 1- 12. ‘ He is not here, He has risen.’

We are not fac­ing a fright­en­ing, un­cer­tain fu­ture alone.

The Son of God has promised to help us with ev­ery­thing we face, in­clud­ing death.

In ad­di­tion He has promised never to leave us or for­sake us and says ‘ I am with you al­ways to the very end of the age.’ ( Matthew 20: 28)

A huge com­fort in an un­cer­tain, hos­tile and fright­en­ing world.

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