Sunday, 17 December 2017

Face the music and have a fresh start

MANY years ago, a man conned his way into the orchestra of the emperor of China although he could not

MANY years ago, a man conned his way into the orchestra of the emperor of China although he could not play a note.

Whenever the orchestra practised or performed, he would hold his flute to his lips, pretending to play but not making a sound.

He lived comfortably on a moderate salary.

One day the emperor requested a solo from each musician. The “flautist” was thrown into a panic as there was no time to learn the instrument. He pretended to be sick but the emperor’s physician was not fooled.

On the day of his solo, the impostor took poison and killed himself.

It has been suggested by some that his suicide led to the phrase that has found its way into the English language: “He refused to face the music.”

The Lord Jesus is very clear that we all have to face the music as each of us has gone our own way and ignored God.

The recent events at Southwark Crown Court should be a reminder that each of us, without exception, will have to give an account of our lives to Almighty God.

Such judgment, the Bible states, can result in only one of two possible options... heaven or hell. A place with God or a place away from God.

As the writer of a New Testament Epistle reminds us: “...man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

I am forced to agree with C S Lewis, scholar, author, and theologian, who once said: “There is no doctrine which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than this hell if it lay in my power. But it has the full support of Scripture and, especially, of our Lord’s own words; it has always been held by Christendom and has the support of reason.”

A tragic end to each of our lives because of our ignoring of God is not inevitable as Good Friday and Easter Sunday will soon remind us.

Do not wait for the last judgment, as it confronts each of us today in our response to Jesus Christ.

There is the possibility of a fresh start, a new beginning, for Chris Huhne, Vicky Pryce and each of us.

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