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Banbury Evangelical Free Church was founded in 1984, as a Bible-based, Christ-centred congregation seeking to proclaim the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ and to serve Christ in every aspect of our lives, both as individuals and together.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Hope for glory - prepare for anguish!

Hope for glory – prepare for anguish! This is the advice that has been given to England football supporters in connection with the World Cup currently taking place in South Africa. At the time of writing, the latter part of the advice seems all too appropriate – it seems that England’s hopes will end in tears, as they have done for the past 4 decades! But even if, by some remarkable fluke, England sneak through to the final and win, what will be the real value of the “glory” that is achieved? A night of drunken celebration followed by a hangover; a ride through London on an open-top bus, thronged by a euphoric nation; an audience with her majesty the Queen to be awarded an MBE for services to the country! And then what? Soon the memories will fade; soon the thrill of triumph will be superseded by the need to get back to training; and next time, almost certainly, the Cup will be awarded to someone else. How uncertain, then, is this “glory”; and even it is achieved, how ephemeral, how shallow, how ultimately worthless! Contrast this with the privilege of the Christian, to whom God has chosen “to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1.27). Considering this passage in church yesterday, we noted that, in contrast to the “glory” of an England football win, this glory is something both certain for the Christian, and truly glorious! Is this the glory for which you hope?