The Mercies of God
Last Sunday we welcomed the Archbishop of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali to Toongabbie Anglican Church.
On Easter Sunday, in Sri Lanka, seven suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels in and around Columbo. We have been staggered to have seen the death toll rising as time has gone on. It was only a short time ago that we were mourning the Christchurch tragedy, and now this! It was only a few years ago that Sydney was paralysed with disbelief as the Martin Place siege unfolded.
And the timing – as the country had stopped to celebrate Easter Day in churches! Wow. The scale and premeditation are almost incomprehensible.
While much could be (and has been) said about the attacks, I want to focus this day on the reality that our world needs peace. These attacks only highlight this need. But it is a need that we see on almost a daily basis. And, it is one thing to speak corporately like this, but the same need is true in the lives of individuals across the world, our country, our city and our local community.
It is utterly unbelievable that a group of people, even extremists, would be so moved and motivated to target so many people at the same time, even at the cost of their own lives.
Archbishop Stanley spoke about the mercies of God. Those involved in the Sri Lankan attacks gave their own lives in order to wreak havoc on others. It is such a contrast to what Jesus has done – he gave his own life to give life and freedom to the world.
For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16–17
God’s love is the foundation for God showing mercy to the world – and to you. I want to thank Archbishop Stanley for taking the time to share with us about the mercies of God.