Talk about family resemblance – how people in a particular family might all look, sound, act the same way. For example, the Simpsons are all yellow; the Pig family in Peppa Pig are all pigs and Anna and Elsa in Frozen both sure do like to sing.
I thought I’d bring in this picture of my family to show you again – so gather round.
(Unveil the ‘picture’, which turns out to be a mirror!)
It’s you! Because YOU are my family. The Bible tells us that if we follow Jesus, we are children of God, so that makes us part of the same family circle! But do we have a family resemblance? Are we alike?
Well, I think we are, because we are all like this…
(Show toilet roll)
We are all like a loo roll – and we’re like a loo roll in three ways:
- We’re soft. And I don’t mean that in a wimpy way – Ephesians 3 has one of my favourite verses where we’re told to be kind to one another, tender (or soft) hearted, and forgiving, because God, in Christ, forgave us first. So we should be soft-hearted, sharing with the poor, looking out for people who are sad or lonely, helpful whenever we can, so that people who look at us think that God is wonderful because the people in His family are soft. But…
- We’re strong! And I don’t mean this in a muscly way – we’re strong because we have a helper. Before Jesus went to Heaven, He promised that He would send the Holy Spirit, and Acts 2 tells about how the Holy Spirit came to help people like you and me live for Jesus – He is the One who helps us to pray, and to stick with Jesus when no-one else does, and to be brave in inviting someone to Church or when we talk to them about Jesus.
- Thirdly, our lives are very long! The Bible, in John, says that we who follow Jesus have eternal life – that means we live a life that has no end, because even when we die here on Earth, we go to be with God in a new Heaven and a new Earth forever without end. This toilet roll ends, but life the Christian does not.
So, my little loo rolls, we are all alike because we are soft, we are strong and our lives are very very very very very very long… and it’s all because of Jesus.