From The Rectory

I often feel my life is one long sermon illustration.

Last month the North family headed off for their annual holiday.  Our flight out of the country was by my standards at on obscene hour of the morning, so we decided to stay at a travel lodge the night before.

When we were only a few miles from the travel Lodge, I took a wrong turn, exiting the motorway a junction early.  In my defence it was one of those confusing junctions where you have two on top of each other, Junction 8 and Junction 8a.  

I realised my mistake almost instantly and expected to be able to simply re-join the motorway and get back on the right road.  Unfortunately where the road re-joined, was after the junction we needed and it took a 28 mile detour to find the travel lodge.

In life we all make wrong or bad decisions and those choices have consequences.  Although I was able to rectify the wrong turn, and get back to the desired destination some of the consequences were irreversible!

For us travelling to the Travel Lodge, my wrong turn meant we travelled 28miles further than we needed to, arrived at the hotel half an hour later than scheduled, as well as using more petrol and pumping extra fumes into the atmosphere.  

The first four books of the bible are called the ‘gospels’ which means good news.  Good news is probably an understatement; it should be the fantastic, excellent news!  What is so good about the words contained in the pages of the gospels?  As John begins to bring his gospel to a close he wrote,

‘these (words) are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.’

St Peter in his epistle adds to this 24‘He himself (Jesus) bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.’ 25For ‘you were like sheep going astray,’ but now you have returned to the shepherd and overseer of your souls. (1 peter 2v24-25)

The good news contained in the gospels, is that all the mistakes we’ve made in life, the wrong terms and bad decisions can be dealt with.  Just as I allowed my Sat Nav to guide me back onto the right road, to find the hotel, Jesus can guide us back onto the right path, that leads to His Father’s kingdom.

For some of us that journey, might take longer than others, and there may be consequences to decisions that we have to live with.  But through Jesus, we can find peace and forgiveness and move on.

Wil (Rector St Margaret’s)

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