One look at ‘Schoolies Week’ is enough to get you praying more for youth ministry. And children’s ministry. And University ministry. And Christian parents. And for the work of the gospel in every way.
Rossie and I travelled up to Brisbane on Tuesday for some appointments and stayed the night on the Gold Coast on the way home. A little getaway. Except we’d overlooked that we’d be sharing it with a few thousand 17 and 18 year olds pretty short on ideas for how to celebrate the end of exams. Ah, the serenity.
On Sunday we’ll be looking at 1 Corinthians 15:12-34 where Paul casts the vison of a world without the resurrection of Jesus. It’s a picture of futility. Might as well “eat and drink for tomorrow we die” (v32). That’s all the vision for celebration many of the schoolies seem to have. But Christ IS risen. Through him we are saved from sin and death. We are saved from futility and meaninglessness. We enter into a celebration that is eternal and meaningful: that Christ gave his life that we might live; death is defeated and life is transformed.
Let’s pray that more and more young people would discover the true celebration God is offering through his Son: forgiveness of sins and eternal hope.