I just got back from the Campus Bible Study's Easter Service, where Dean of Sydney, Phillip Jensen, came to give a talk in the Sir John Clancy Auditorium on the subject of Easter. Phillip has not been given talks this session since he moved to St. Andrew's, but it is great to have him back today. Actually, it is my first (or probably only) CBS attendance this session, because I took a day off from work, and stayed at home to work on my seminar tomorrow in the FOCUS Church Camp. Then at lunch time I slipped out from home to come to listen to his talk.
The message he tried to deliver is very simple. Basically everything just surround one verse - John 3:16 - one of the most well-known verse to Christians. He started by talking about "love", and how the world thinks about "love". Then he explained the context (Nicodemus, bronze serpent, etc in John 3), broke the verse down into sections, and talked about the object of God's love (the unlovable world), the action of his love (sent his one and only son to die for the unlovable world), and the purpose of his love (so that the world does not need to face his wrath). At the end, he challenged people to think about the consequences and how they should react to the love of God. The passage is appropriate for the meeting - it is a special Easter service, and it is the time for people to remember what Easter is for.
Quite surprisingly, not many people turned up to the meeting. Actually - not as many people as I would have expected. When I did my undergrad at UNSW, a Easter service will normally pack the whole Clancy, but today there was only 40% full. Maybe it is because of the weather (cold and raining today). Maybe the structure changes, as I heard there are more classes between 1-2pm now. Dunno. Just different from 5 years ago I guess.
Well, I am now getting back to prepare for the seminar and Bible study for the church camp tomorrow. Be back on Monday...