Sunday Thought – 26.05.24

Two weeks ago, parts of Yorkshire and the UK had a wonderful display of the Northern Lights over two consecutive nights. However, many didn’t know about it on the first night and couldn’t see anything on the second night due to too much light pollution or poor weather.

One psalmist said, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands… They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth” (NIV, Psalm 19:1,3-4). People blessed enough to gaze in wonder at the fabulous, unique sight of the Northern Lights can miss out by seeing it just as a natural phenomenon, rather than as God declaring his glory (in the opinion of Christians). Similarly, people don’t see the glory of God displayed in his son, Jesus, and don’t hear his words in the Bible, missing out because of the ‘pollution’ of sin. Jesus dying on a cross is an image people can see portrayed across the world but if anyone can’t see that he hung there to take the punishment for their sin then they miss out on the wonder of salvation.

What do you see when you look at Jesus?

“You chose the cross with ev’ry breath;
the perfect life, the perfect death.
You chose the cross.
A crown of thorns You wore for us,
and crowned us with eternal life;
You chose the cross.
And though Your soul was overwhelmed with pain,
obedient to death, You overcame.

I’m lost in wonder, I’m lost in love,
I’m lost in praise forevermore.
Because of Jesus’ unfailing love,
I am forgiven, I am restored.”

Martyn Layzell, © ThankYou Music 2002

Prayer Points for the Week:

  • Pray for the victims of the UK infected blood scandal in the light of the released public inquiry report.
  • Pray for the rescue efforts after this week’s devastating landslide in Papua New Guinea.
  • 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.