On September 4, 2010 Christchurch was hit by a 7.1 earthquake. Many thousands of aftershocks have followed over the past months. Miraculously there was no loss of life that time, more due to it being in the early hours of the morning.
Today there was another major quake – this time although it wasn’t 7.1 (it was 6.3), it was centered closer to Christchurch and was a more shallow quake. It happened at 12.50pm – lunchtime for many in the Central business district, when shoppers, buses, workers, and school children are at school. In other words, it happened at a time of the day when the city was humming with life.
The devastation is immense, and there has been great loss of life. Many are still trapped under rubble. As I write they are talking 65 fatalities, and the numbers are rising.
This time the Christchurch Cathedral took a huge hit. This made me really think of the spiritual implications of the quake. Other churches also lie in ruins (TV1).
Why has Christchurch been singled out? Why not other towns or cities in New Zealand?
The name “Christ” and “Church” are both strong spiritually. Jesus Christ is central to the christian faith. A church -it’s a place where God’s people gather for teaching, community, praise and worship.
After the September quake many Christians – not only those living in Christchurch considered that God was ‘waking His people up’ – the quake then was also a wake-up call to the whole of NZ.
So I was walking home from Polytech today and asking quietly as I prayed, “Why them again?”.
I felt God saying to me, “My people haven’t heard me, they still aren’t listening.”
It’s not just a message for Christchurch, but for all of NZ (and the world).
There is power in the name of Jesus – He is a refuge for those who seek after Him.
Those who live where the name of Christ is the name of their city carry something very precious. They carry on their letterheads the name of Christ. Who is He? Jesus Christ is Lord.
“I am the LORD, there is no other. Apart from me there is NO God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me.” Isaiah 45.5
What will it take for people to acknowledge Him as Lord of their life, and not just the name of the city?