At the beginning of last century Australia and London would have felt like two worlds apart.
The quickest way to travel the 13 000km journey at that time was to join the other 1000 passengers boarding the 1909 SS Osterley Passenger Liner that travelled at a speed of 18 knots (33km/h) and cut through the Suez Canal to make it to Melbourne 45 days later.
It wasn’t until 1935 that the first commercial plane took passengers on a 12 day journey with 31 stops to arrive at their destination with nothing more than a few sandwiches handed out by the co-pilot to ease the hunger!
These days a direct flight from Perth to London will only cost only 17 hours of your time (and leave a huge hole in your wallet!).
But the greatest technology advancement has come through the internet, which has brought friends and families separated by land and sea to instantly be in the same room as one another.
This technology gives me the chance to see my own family while overseas and the opportunity for us to stay connected with friends and family back in WA. Technology has made what was impossible 100 years ago possible today.
But there is another ‘technological’ achievement that far exceeds anything done in the past or what might possibly be done in the future.
Our guilt and shame about our sin creates a chasm between humanity and God that reaches on for eternity. There is no man made technology or promise of moral perfection that could ever reach the shores of heaven or restore us to relationship with God. Although our own efforts may get us off the beach, hope vanishes as we are faced with the impossibility of crossing the ocean.
But the good news is that instead of relying on our own efforts, God has made the impossible possible by what Jesus achieved on our behalf on the cross:
‘You who were once far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ’ – Ephesians 2:13
No matter how distant or unworthy you may feel, it’s never your own promises that will bring you close to God, but only faith in the blood of Jesus that opens the way to run into the loving arms of our Father!
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