Saturday, 26 March 2011

Rebuilding the Temple an allegory

Here is a picture of the ongoing work at St John's. Something of a contemplative feel as one workman looks Heavenwards, towards the Light, as the other does the decorative work. The light from the window forms a rough cross shape, linking the two together.

Bit of an allegory going on here. Our church is the Body of Christ, the Light of the World and we all have different roles and skills as part of that Body. We are only able to participate in that Body, because He died for us, bridging the gap between us and His Father in Heaven.

Work on any of our three Churches is important, they are Sacred spaces, dedicated to God and providing the right atmosphere for worship, prayer and contemplation, all to the Honour and Glory of God.

Having said that, our Church is not a building or a venue. It is the Body of Christ, a Solid Rock, a sure foundation, untouchable by any earthly process of decay or destruction. As we approach Easter Week, if we look at Christ, His Love, His sacrifice for us, we will see clearly where our future as a Church lies.

Coincidentally (?) my bible reading this week is in the book of Ezra, specifically chapter 3, the rebuilding of the temple:

11 With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD:

“He is good;
his love toward Israel endures forever.”

And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. 12 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. 13 No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.

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