Sunday Thought – 05.05.24

King Charles has recently returned to doing his public engagements again following his cancer diagnosis and treatment after perhaps the longest stretch without him going to any events since the age of 20 when he became Prince of Wales. Times have changed since his investiture in 1969 as people now hold up mobile phones rather that wave flags… alongside those those who hold up placards stating “Not my king”.

In contrast, Jesus had a relatively brief period of public ministry, perhaps 3 years compared to Charles’ 55-odd. Like Charles though, he had a mixed reception. In the space of one week, there was a drastic change from crowds crying “Hosanna!… Blessed is the king of Israel!” (NIV, John 12:13) and waving palm tree branches in praise to some of those same people shouting “Crucify Him… We have no king but Caesar” (NIV, John 19:15).

Jesus’ followers, Christians, have had a long and continuing wait for Jesus’ return, not to public ministry but to take those who believe in him to heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). This wait is in response to his personal promise that “I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (NIV, John 14:3). Waiting many generations and almost 2000 years may seem incredible but the Apostle Peter advised Christians that “with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (NIV, 2 Peter 2:8-9). Are you waiting and ready for Jesus’ return?

Prayer Points for the Week:

  • Pray for the victims of the Hainault Attack and their families, especially for Daniel Anjorin’s family.
  • Pray for an end to the targeting of people displaced by war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Please pray for the situations in Ukraine and the Middle East. For peace; for aid to get through to those in need; for those mourning the loss of loved ones.