Chaplain's Chat

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Term 1 Week 10


It is interesting that Matthew began and ended his Gospel in a way that showed the impact of Jesus’ birth and death on creation. At his birth, the wise men asked Herod, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” (Matt 2:2)  Then, at his death, Matthew records, 'When Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom. The earth shook and rocks split.' (Matt 27:50-51)

Luke also records the impact Jesus’ death had on creation, for he says, ‘It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over all the land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining.’ (Luke 23:44)

Somehow we forget that what happened on that cross was for all aspects of God’s creation. We fail to understand the impact of the tremendous release of spiritual power that occurred when the Saviour of the world sacrificed his life for the world. We need to remember how the much loved verse in John 3:16 begins: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son …’

Why does this matter? It matters because it seems that God’s concern was much greater than just for us, his people. It implies that our concern for the world and all its creatures is something that God expects from us. As he has blessed us, so we are to bless each other and the world. This is something worth pondering.

Thank you for responding so generously to our Easter Egg appeal. Your kindness will bring joy to hundreds of families.

May you know God’s love for all his creation this Easter and enjoy a safe, relaxing holiday.


Reverend Elroy Mee
College Chaplain