We have created a video for our International Food Evening, addressing the question of What's your problem? Please watch the video and also read the script below. We are blessed to have 24 nations represented at Amyand Park Chapel. What unites us? Watch the video to find out.
The human race... we’ve been around for a while now... and we have achieved some great things.. but clearly our age old problems remain... War.. greed.. hate..
But what's our greatest problem?
Well according to a recent survey, carried out with 18-35 year olds from across the world, It would appear climate change and nature is our biggest concern...
With wars, inequality, poverty and religion all making the top 5... But what do the greats have to say about our greatest problem?
Well, Nelson Mandela said:
"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate..."
And Ronald Reagan suggested that:
"People do not make wars; governments do."
Gwyneth Paltrow, she said:
"Religion is the cause of all the problems in the world. I don’t believe in organised religion at all. It’s what separates people."
And John Lennon, he commented:
"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."
And according to the greats, what then, is the solution to this problem?
Well, Abraham Lincoln asserted that:
“If you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will.”
And Albert Einstein, he expressed:
"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding."
And Mahatma Ghandi, his advice:
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
A radically different answer
But Jesus had something radically different to say on this topic... He puts us under the microscope, by saying that:
"There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” (Mark 7:15)
He zooms in on our hearts, by explaining further that:
“From within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:21-23)
So all this time, year after year, we have tried to solve this problem of evil. But says Jesus we are the problem.. and surely that means we cannot be the solution! The solution we need must come from somewhere else, from someone else, from the very God who made us, the God who really is good.
That is why Jesus, God’s Son, stepped into our world. He didn’t just tell us what the problem is, He came to put it right and He did it by His cross. At the cross we see close up and raw, the anger, hatred and bitterness of our divided world...an innocent man cruelly put to death.
But that’s the point. That long list of things that Jesus described as coming out of our hearts, my heart, was hung around His neck, and He was punished by God in our place, so that all who come to Jesus enjoy peace with God and so much more.
In fact Jesus promises to take out that old heart, and to give us a new one that beats for Him, a heart that knows the love of God, and therefore can truly love in return!
Jesus is THE solution, to OUR problem.
Feed your soul daily on...
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)
“Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt.11:28-30)
What is true salvation? What does it look like to be in a right relationship with God, our Creator so that I can call him God my Redeemer?
"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11:25)
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
"I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture." (John 10:9)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
One of the biggest hindrances in trusting in God and accepting his word to us is our own pride.
Do you think you are too bad for God? Do you think you’ve gone too far for God to ever want you back? Well, maybe we should let God decide that.
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