6th July 2020
‘and Joshua said to them: "Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, 'What do these stones mean to you?' Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”’
Joshua 4:5-7 (NKJV)
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the planting of the Church on the Central Coast and is a great opportunity to celebrate what God has done over those years. During that period of time there have been thousands of testimonies of what God has done in the lives of so many people and there will certainly be many more to come in the future. I don't know how many of us enjoyed - or didn’t enjoy - history lessons during our school years, but history is the account or the ‘story’ of what has happened in the past. Someone once said that viewed from a Christian perspective, we could consider history as ‘HIS’ story because God continues to watch over His creation. In Joshua’s day, memorial stones were set up so that future generations would not forget what God had done, but to also appreciate the end result which was the Promised Land. It was also a reminder of the sacrifices that were made and the miracles that occurred so that future generations could be blessed. It is important to understand that others have gone before us in order to make a way that we might experience lifestyles and freedoms that some other cultures may not have. That is one reason why we celebrate the anniversaries of key events. Even Jesus at the last supper with His disciples instituted ‘Communion’ as a regular reminder of what He did for us nearly 2000 years ago. We can all have a tendency to forget or even dismiss the past, but this is an opportunity to be thankful for the vision and commitment of everyone involved, and also appreciate that what God has done before He can do again and again. So let’s celebrate and be thankful as we look forward to the next season for all of us and while celebrating the past, keep our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus and see what God will do.