Mark 12.29 – Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord'”New Living Translation
In February 2021, BMW launched an advert for their BMW 1 Series car in the UK with a tagline of “The 1”.
Direct Link to BMW 1 Series ad from Feb 2021 – https://youtu.be/C-fuMySMOnQ
“Do you know what you’re looking for?Subtitles from the BMW ‘The 1’ UK advert, February 2021
If it heightened your senses.
It’s the moment everything becomes clear.
The moment you just connect…
Meet The 1.”
Obviously the BMW advert is about selling a BMW 1 Series car and like most car adverts, you might think it’s just a lot of waffle!
We often think about ‘the one’. It may be when someone is looking for the right person to love – they look for ‘the one’ or the ‘perfect one’ (hint, none of us are perfect!) Or it may be looking for that right pair of jeans, trainers, tops – I don’t know about you but I look for the ‘right one’ not just ‘any old one.’
But we also live in a world with lots of choice. Sometimes people can get confused about God. Is there a God? Is there just one God? Aren’t there loads of gods? Isn’t there lots of ways to connect with ‘god’ or our ‘higher power’? Can’t we all just believe different things? Aren’t all these gods just the same anyway? Is there a ‘One’ ?
The purpose of the game ‘peg solitaire’ is to leave one single ‘peg’ in the middle of the board.
(You could even demonstrate how it works by using an online game like https://www.pegsolitaire.org/ or get people to play if time! It’s harder than you think!)
Is There a ‘One’?
The Bible talks about the ‘one true God’. But how do we know if one god is real or if there is a God? Does it even matter? Christians believe that God is real and that the way to find God is to believe in Jesus who said that he is the way, the truth and the life.
This doesn’t mean that God thinks he’s better than everyone or that it’s some exclusive club where you have to obey all the rules to join. It’s nothing like that. It’s more of an invitation to a party. You can choose to say yes or no. But personally I’d like to go to the party. When Christians talk about God being the one, this is what they mean.
Whatever you believe, think about what you want your life to look like in the future. What is life really all about? Is it just about success, money, sex, fame? Many people have thought this is the ‘one thing’ but been totally disappointed when they found out it just made them feel empty.
But here’s what the Freddie Mercury once said, the famous lead singer of an classic rock band called ‘Queen’.
“You can have everything in the world and still be the loneliest man. And that is the most bitter type of loneliness, success has brought me world idolisation and millions of pounds. But it’s prevented me from having the one thing we all need: A loving, ongoing relationship.”Rock on Freddie’ (1985)
This is who Christians believe the ‘one’ is – God – the one who gives you what you really need – a loving on going relationship.
Bible verse extra
Matthew 11.28-30 is a reading from the Bible. In a version called ‘The Message’ it says this…
““Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”