On the other side of weekend, and it is May already. This year has been surprisingly quick, but at the same time there should not be such surprise. It is all part of ageing, Scott, and it is time to adopt the fact. See, even Joshua has been shamelessly telling the congregation that he is 42 this year in the middle of his sermon last Sunday! He could feel that his 21 just went pass like 2 seconds ago. I am having too much headache right now to remember what my 21 was like.
But of course, Joshua talked about his age as an illustration in his sermon, where we looked at the second half of Romans 5, where Paul wrote about the most influential person in the whole history of humanity - Adam, Mr. Man himself.
"How does Adam's sin relate to us, those who live in 21st century?" This kind of question has been asked countless times. In fact, a couple asked about it 1 hour after the sermon during the Bible study time. Joshua analysed it quite clearly - besides the fact that we do imitate our fore-fathers and inherit the gene of sin, Adam is really the representative of whole humanity. He did what I would do - sin against God. If it was Scott in the garden of Eden, wouldn't I eat the forbidden fruit as well? Wouldn't I desire the taste and the knowledge of good and evil? Wouldn't I desire to be like God? Wouldn't I reject his word and sin against him?
I know that I would. I have just conformed my identity with Adam. A sinner that is.
But by the love of God, he has released Mr. Man version 2, which we can freely conform to. Christ Jesus is this new perfect version, our new representative, and the one that obeys God to bring forth the verdict that we have all been made right with God.
If, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:17 (ESV)
That's something worth to thank God for.
I am sure the Unichurch musicians are obsessed with Red Hot Chili Peppers. They presented a MYC advertisement using a Peppers' song on Sunday, with altered lyrics of course. I remembered one year in MYC, they also had a satirical version of "Under the Bridge" to advertise SOCM/Uni Team. But anyway, that was very impressive, and I really enjoy it. Can we have more of that in IUC? :)
Currently listening: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
It was the second week where we missed Unichurch on Sunday nights. Initially we tried to commit ourselves to drop into the Aussie branch of university churches, just in case Mandarin speaking students walking in so we can chat with them. But we start early on Sunday, having church at 9:30am in the morning, Bible studies at 11:30am, lunch at 2:00pm and grocery shopping at East Gardens at 3:30pm. By the time we came back, we really want to have a little nap...
And by the time I opened my eyes. Aaarrgh! 7:30pm already. Looks like we have missed Unichurch again! And that's 2 weeks in a row we missed going to Sunday night church because we over slept.
How much I look forward to my next weekend...