CRU’s 2019 Annual Report
Yet Christians trust in the authority of the One from Eternity who spoke of the certainty of something more. His death was imminent, but Jesus pointed His disciples to a reality beyond death. He spoke of His resurrection, of the coming of the Holy Spirit, of the gospel being spread throughout the world, and of His return (Luke 24:45-49). Trouble will come, but this cannot cancel the promise of eternal life (John 16:33). This was echoed by the New Testament writers: examples include Paul in I Corinthians 15; Peter in I Peter 1:3-9; and John in Revelation 21 and 22.
In particular, the Bible teaches that the certainty of Jesus’ future return should shape our behaviour. Paul’s writing in I Thessalonians 4 and 5 interleaves instructions about behaviour with teaching about Jesus’ return and repeats the theme “Therefore encourage each other with these words” (4:18 and 5:11). We are described as those who are meant for, belong to, and have been set aside for “the day”. The message is clear – one can be distracted and tempted to think our thoughts, words and actions don’t matter, but if we recognise our status before God, our identity in Him, we will behave differently.
At the same time, we don’t know the date of Jesus’ return, and don’t know whether we will be still alive when it happens. The list of things we don’t know – about our health, living arrangements, relations with others, or geographical location – is massive. Yet while this is a long list, it is completely outweighed by the certainties promised by Jesus, including the victory over sin and death that is found in Him alone.
As we celebrate CRU’s 90th anniversary, let us be spurred on by these words, “Therefore… stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.” (I Corinthians 15:58)
Remember: the “U” in our CRU® logo is shaped like a U-turn sign, with an arrow extending upwards to signify our desire to point people to Jesus in all that we do.
Gary Hill, Executive Director