Fresh Hope – 30 March 2018

It was 7:51am in the middle of the morning rush hour. In the next 43 minutes, a violinist, dressed in torn jeans, tee shirt and baseball cap, performed six classical pieces.

Almost all of the listeners were on their way to work, passing through the Washington state train station.
Of the more than 1000 people who passed by, only seven actually stopped to listen, and about 20 gave him money, but continued to walk at their normal pace. He collected $25.

When he had finished playing, no one even noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, being secretly filmed as an experiment to see people’s reactions. He is one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a Stradivarius violin worth $2.2 m.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and earned $1000 a minute.

Out of the 1097 people that passed by, only one woman recognised him as the greatest violinist in the world.

As you wake to this GOOD FRIDAY, you too could be so close to God and not even recognize that He’s there.

The moral of that true story is this: just because you don’t recognize whose presence you are in, doesn’t mean that the person isn’t present.

In much the same way, on that first Good Friday, hundreds stood around Jesus, but only one soldier and a few of his guards said ‘surely this must be the son of God’.

Matthew 27:54 ‘When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’

SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY HAPPENED THAT DAY LIKE NO OTHER.

Roman General Titus, records for us way back in history, that as many as 500 a day would be crucified even up to 70 years after Jesus.

So powerful was Jesus’ death, that unbelieving men that spent their days crucifying hundreds of men, bowed in this one man’s presence.

All it takes is for you to look again at the cross and see the real JESUS.

Now look also at the empty tomb and see the resurrected JESUS.

Why not say those words, just as countless millions have done throughout the centuries…’surely this was the son of God.’

His death and resurrection means that you can now know God in a personal way. He’s right there with you and is only a prayer away.

Humble yourself today and ask Him into you life.

Why not consider coming to one of our Easter services this weekend at Champions Church?

Sunday 9.30/11.30/5pm.

I look forward to seeing you.

Pastor Mark

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