Seventeen Hours

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In 1919 the Commonwealth Government of Australia offered a prize for the first person to fly from Great Britain to Australia.  The prize could only be claimed if the journey was completed in less than 30 days.  Of the six teams that took up the challenge only one made it home.  The journey took 28 days and involved 14 stops along the way.

 

Fast forward 99 years and on 25th March 2018 and for the first time the journey from Australia to London was completed in a single flight and in just over 17 hours.

 

Most religious systems are akin to that 1919 maiden voyage around the world – full of uncertainty and endless hurdles to be overcome, and with the knowledge that there’s no guarantee of a safe arrival in the end.

 

But 2,000 years ago, Jesus showed a different way.  Arrested late one night he was put on trial and about 17 hours later cried out on the cross, ‘It is finished!’  As he did so the curtain of the Temple that separated the Holy of Holies and God’s very presence from the people, was torn in two.  The journey to God that humans expected would take at least one lifetime was suddenly and dramatically reduced to a moment in time.