Thought for the month – November 2014

Over the past month, I have been working up on the North Norfolk Coast, repairing some damage to sea defences caused by the sea. One task in order to complete the works involves repairs to a head wall, which at high tide is below water level. King Canute is infamous for his attempts to hold back the sea. This was done to show his courtiers that his power and authority was empty, and that he had no power over the sea, despite what they thought.

The Bible would tell us that there is only One who has supreme authority over nature, that is God. In both the Old and New Testaments we have accounts of when God specifically controlled parts of His creation. He parted the Red Sea after the Israelites left Egypt, He brought drought to areas and rain to others, and in the New Testament we read of Jesus, the Son of God, walking on water and calming the sea.

Why though was Jesus, the Son of God, here on earth? 1 Timothy 1 verse 15 tells us that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” He came to save those that sin, that is all of us who fall short of God’s standards. God’s standards are detailed in the 10 Commandments and can be summed up in just one which is “to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul”. We all sin, whether that’s having something that you think is more important than God, or telling a lie to someone, and this sin separates us from God, and God demands it is punished.

The punishment for sin is physical death, and then, after that, eternity in a place called hell. Just because that is the punishment God has determined for sin, doesn’t mean that He wants us to face it. John chapter 3 verse 16 says that “For God so loved the world, He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God sent His only Son into the world to take the punishment for sin, not because He deserved it, but to take it in our place. Jesus always did as God wanted and is sinless. And because of His death and subsequent resurrection, if you believe that He took the punishment that you deserve and ask God for forgiveness, then you will be saved.

Now us as humans, as I have discovered, cannot hold back the sea and its power, however you can affect your destination in eternity. I pray that it would be heaven, and for you to believe that Jesus died in your place to save you from your sin and the punishment for it. Now as much as I or anyone else involved in the running and organising of Norfolk Camp would want that to be the case, we cannot change that destination for you, it has to be YOUR choice.

Tim
Speaker, Junior week 2 2014