Today’s event is so amazing as people from all sorts of cultures and back grounds have come together to celebrate who we are and where we come from.
It makes me ask a question.
What does God think of the world?
What does God think about people and tribes and nations?
When God looks at the nations and different cultures what does he see?
Well, first of all, the bible tells us that God loves everything he made. God loves his world, his creation. He loves you and he loves me because he made us.
God loves you and me like an artist loves his paintings, or a sculptor loves his sculptures, or a model maker loves his model aeroplanes and boats. God made us so he loves us, and he loves us all so much more than we can ever imagine. He loves the diversity and richness of life. He loves the song and the dance and the language of this world.
God loves what he made.
But God also hates what he made, not because it wasn’t good, but because what he made turned away from him.
God is a holy God. He is good, and righteous and pure and lovely.
And so God hates the sin and evil and wickedness and lies that ruin what he has made. He hates wars, he hates fighting, he hates separation and suspicion. He hates lots of the things we hate
because they ruin our lives. But he hates them much more because he is holy. So, God hates sin and he hates sinners like me and you.
And God has promised to judge the world one day and destroy all evil and sinners.
That is my greatest problem and your greatest problem. We face a God who loves us and hates us at the same time. So, which one is it,
does he love me or hate me, does he love you or hate you?
The good news of Jesus Christ is this: we can know the love of God.
Jesus is the Son of God and he takes my sin and your sin seriously.
Jesus loves sinners. Jesus came to sort out the mess we make of our lives. He loved the world so much that he came into the world
lived in the mess and willingly died the death that you and I deserve to die. He took the hit. He took the rap. He died on the cross that first Easter so that you and I can know the love of God through the death of Christ for our sins.
If you are not sure if God loves you or hates you then turn to the cross and look to Jesus as he bled and died for sins, and know his love for yourself.
Today I’m going to a Rico Tice seminar on giving evangelistic talks, so I’ll know two days after the event how I should have done it.