Here is the Gospel story seen through a photo of Bantry Bay, which has become our logo!
Bantry Bay has inspired poets and songwriters through the centuries. Only God in His creative majesty could design such a beautiful place and give us humans the in-built appreciation to admire its ever changing colour and scenery.The LIGHT streaming down reminds us of God, who simply spoke “let there be light” and light dawned over chaos. Eden’s first inhabitants experienced the light and delight of God’s loving embrace, until darkness entered, rebellion took them into hiding, and the curse of sin and its consequences took hold upon humanity, of which we all are a part.
Enter the CROSS. God has super-imposed upon the landscape of our world a spectacle that offends some and delights others. Paul wrote “when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended, and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, Christ is… the wonderful wisdom of God”. The very God whom our rebellion and sin had offended sent His only Son to make that bridge back to Him. We are saved, not by what we can do for Him, but by what HE HAS DONE for us. Titus 3:4 “He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life”
What about the SHEEP? No accident; in fact they are one of God’s best metaphors for His people! astray, lost, in danger…the words conjure up what life was like until the Good Shepherd went out of his way to find us. When he did, the heavenly grandstands rejoiced because “there is rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents”. In fact the picture gets better; the sheep hear his voice, they follow Him, he promises them eternal life, he says they shall never perish, no one will snatch them away from him. All this because he was willing to lay down his life for the sheep, and now raised, He is the living shepherd, constantly watching out for His own, personally leading them and providing for their needs. What a picture. What a Shepherd!
He is alive for you; are you alive for Him?