In the beginning God created all things
, and created man in His own image to love Him. His relationship with man was good, but man turned his back on God and it all went pear shaped! Man’s perfect relationship with God was broken. This was not so good and had lasting consequences for God and for man.
So God called a man named Abraham, with his family, to become His chosen people. God promised Abraham that he would become the father of a great nation and that through His family line the whole world would be blessed. Abraham believed God’s promise, and left his home to follow wherever God led him.
God wanted Abraham’s descendants to love Him and to love one another. As before, God’s chosen people frequently broke their promises to Him. Guess what? More pears!
However, God did not give up on them. Time and again He chose men and women to bring them back into a loving family relationship with Him. They also pointed forward to God’s lasting solution, the coming of the Saviour of the world.
He loved the world so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to mend our broken relationship with Him. Jesus became a signpost to God, so that anyone looking at Jesus would know what God was like. He showed us that God is goodness, truth and love.
God still wanted a loving relationship with us, but first He had to remove the obstacles - our failure to love Him and to love one another. Rather than make us pay the consequences of that failure ourselves, Jesus chose to pay for them on our behalf, by dying on the cross.
To the world, Jesus’ death looked like failure. But God brought Jesus back to life, and showed us that through Jesus, we too can have life after death. All we have to do is believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and accept Him as our personal Saviour. Then God sends His Holy Spirit to be with us and help us develop our personal relationship with Him and with one another.
There is nothing that we have done in the past that is so bad that it prevents us from receiving this free gift from God. We cannot earn it, nor do we deserve it. Instead, because of what Jesus did, God gives this gift to anyone who asks.
Of course, we are still human and continue to make mistakes. But whenever we ask for God’s forgiveness, and want to change our ways, He does forgive us.
In the end, God will bring in a new heaven and earth, and we will live with Him, our perfect relationship restored at last. And the only pears will be on the pear trees!
If you would like to find out more about pears, and the other fruit of the Holy Spirit, please contact St Martin’s Church, or come along to any of our services