What’s the most important event in Goulburn this Easter? The biggest will no doubt be the National Hot Rod Shakedown.
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I like anything made out of metal and hot Rods are works of art, expressions of human ingenuity. The one above is owned by someone from my family who is close to me. It was a labour of love and left a rather large hole in his pocket by the time it was finished.
But the thing about Hot Rods like most things people make is that they are never really finished in that they deteriorate or break. The vehicle above needs maintenance and new parts like all vehicles in order to be roadworthy.
The Bible speaks of two creative acts which are finished. The first is the work of Creation in Genesis 2:2.
The second is what Easter is all about. Without it we wouldn’teven have a long weekend at Easter time. In John’s Gospel chapter 19 verse 30 Jesus utters his last words from the agony of his cross of crucifixion “It is finished” and dies.
The story began on the previous Thursday evening when he had been arrested. He knew that within 24 hours he would be dead and buried. Yet the extraordinary thing is that he also knew his mission was not over. He still had his most important work to do. He was only somewhere between 30-35 years of age and at his age most people would have their best years ahead of them. Muhammad lived until he was 60, Socrates until he was 70 and Plato and Buddha were over eighty when they dies. If death threatens to cut short aperson’s life a sense of frustration lunges them into gloom and depression. But not Jesus, for this simple reason: he did not regard the death he was about to die as brining his mission to an untimely end. , but as actually necessary to accomplish it. Hence his final words- “it is finished”. Jesus wasn’t looking back on the whole of his life so much as the last few agonizing hours on the cross. In fact he was looking forward to to a mission he was about fulfil. The mission of a lifetime of between 30-35 years was to be accomplished in it’s last six hours.
Jesus died for you and me to reconcile us to God our creator. We are like Him, wanting to create things. But we don’t give Him his due. We largely ignore him.
If you want to hear more then do attend St Nick’s on Kinghorne St this Easter (see the rest of our web site) to attend the most important event this Easter. Jesus work never rusts or fades.
1 Peter 1:3-4
New International Version (NIV)
Praise to God for a Living Hope
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,