Days that Changed the World

12 Sep

The World Trade Centre MemorialYesterday was the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks in America.

9/11 is often described as the day that changed the world. The attacks where the spark that ignited the fire that would burn through the naughties and on into the ‘teen-ies’. A new millennium was now beginning with new hostilities between East and West, beginning with suspicion, beginning with fear. In many ways it really was a day that changed the world.

However, Christians all around the globe were gathering yesterday to remember some other days that changed the world. Rembering and celebrating some days whcih had a far greater and longer lasting impact.The first day Christians were celebrating and remembering was the day that Jesus came, God took on flesh and was born.“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14The second day celebrated and remembered was the day that Jesus was beaten, hung on a tree, crucified and died.“ So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.” John 19:16-18

The third day that’s celebrated and remembered is the day that Jesus rose to life again.

“Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.” – John 20:6-8

And as if that wasn’t enough Christians should be not only celebrate by looking back but by looking forward to a day which arguably will be even more World Changing than the rest combined, the day of Christ’s return.

”I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

John’s Revelation 19:11-16

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