In our post-modern, pluralistic society, we always seem to be straining ahead, looking to the next ‘thing’ that we can acquire to bring meaning and satisfaction to our lives, things like our career, relationships, a new home, car, phone… you get the picture?
And yet Jesus came to take us back to the beginning, to a time and place where there was nothing to acquire! Adam and Eve, walked in the cool of the day with their creator God, Father, Daddy. He had just created it all – perfection! Adam and Eve had and needed nothing – not even clothes – there weren’t any! – but had everything.
Of course, we know the story, they quickly wrecked it! A forbidden apple eaten, a lie told and separation, being cast out of Eden, to go it alone…
Although of course, God never truly abandoned them – even sending them on their way with clothes, that hid their embarrassment, the guilt of their sin.
All through Old Testament times, The Lord chose particular men and women, the prophets, the priests, the kings, even ordinary folk, to proclaim His Kingdom, in an attempt to bring His beloved people back to Him. Ultimately all failed.
Then, 2000 years ago, in a plan already made, God sent His Son, as a Saviour, and as a man like us, who bled and died, from the Cross He cried, “It is Finished!”, restoring all that sin had stolen.
As each of us forge ahead, it is surely time to stop! This Nation must turn, turn and look back to the beginning and as we do, we will see a scarlet thread, the blood of Jesus twisting and winding and flowing from God’s heart to ours. As we reach out to Him, He will embrace us and renewal and revival will come.
Today, we received this poem, which we use with permission. We believe it is prophetic for this moment for the United Kingdom:
The Scarlet Thread – Joshua 2:18-19
Through my life there runs a Scarlet Thread,
Red, like at the start, at the heart of it all,
when love tracked livid crimson down a rough hewn tree
for me, building my bridge of sighs.
Innocent blood painting out sin’s penalty overdue
Woven through the window frame of
the woman of shame that her line would be fulfilled;
until the man of sorrows pays the weaver’s bill.
The thread warps and wefts its way through the promised tangle.
The angle now being set on a new covenant
Confident that the Scarlet Thread still weaving through time
Is a sign that all is not yet lost?
Dave Watts, March 2017