Luke 23:32-43 – As we close our ‘Gospel Encounters’ series, we consider the last encounter, thankfully recorded for us by Luke. This one takes place between the innocent Son of God and the convicted criminal, during the final moments of both their lives. The intensity of this last encounter is obvious, and shows us that at its heart, the gospel message is about injustice, brutality, divisiveness, and is intensely personal!
God’s word has a lot to say about ‘heaven’ yet as believers we rarely seem to talk about it. In today’s message, we look as what we have already been told about heaven and the age to come, asking ourselves ‘how then should we live?’.
Being a Christian isn’t all about sitting in pews while waiting to go to Heaven. In fact, not at all. We’re called to play a very active part in restoring all things! How? By being the salt of the earth: enhancing flavour, enabling wholeness and embodying holiness.
Paul’s prayer for the Colossians is that they might be “strengthened with all power” (Col 1:11) and that’s our prayer for our church at this time. Paul goes on to set forth many reasons for them to be strong, culminating in his sensational revelation of Jesus, who is Lord of all things! As we look together at these great truths it’s our prayer that we too will be really strengthened and really encouraged!