Posts made in April, 2019

Jesus Wept! 1

Jesus Wept!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Today's Teaching

TEXT: ‘Jesus wept!’  – John 11:35 THOUGHT:  What a crazy world we live in. During the coronation of our present queen the Archbishop said, “Our gracious Queen: to keep your Majesty ever mindful of the law and the Gospel of God as the Rule for the whole life and government of Christian Princes, we present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords.” Today anyone can take the Lord’s name in vain, frequently using it to curse and swear, causing distress and offense to Christians all over the world, yet a Christian cannot quote from that same Bible words they believe are true without being pilloried and disciplined. It’s about time the pendulum swung the other way. Try using the name of Mohammed in a derogatory way and see how quickly Muslims would rise up in anger, but Christians are not supposed to react when the name of the One they worship and believe in is made a mockery of and used as a swear word. In 1977, while living in Doncaster attending Bible College as a Day Student, my neighbour asked me to give him a hand mending his scooter. Dropping a spanner he exclaimed, “Jesus wept!” I said nothing at first, but when...

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Wanting to see Jesus! 1

Wanting to see Jesus!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Today's Teaching

TEXT: ‘Some Greeks were among those who had gone to Jerusalem to worship during the festival. They went to Philip (he was from Bethsaida in Galilee) and said, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.”’ – John 12:20-21 GNT. THOUGHT:  Proselyte Jews from Greece who had come to Jerusalem to worship, approached Philip with the request, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” When Jesus was aware of their desire He said, ‘Now the time   has come for the Son of Manto enter into his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives’ – John 12:23-24 NLT. It’s wonderful when someone wants to see Jesus. To see Him now physically is impossible but we can through the eyes of faith. Someone else who wanted to see Jesus was Zacchaeus – read Luke 19:1-10. The most unlikeliest of people want to see Jesus Zacchaeus was the last person anyone expected to want to see Jesus because of his responsibilities, reputation, ruthlessness and riches. He was the worst of the worst! He had become chief tax collector because he had learnt how to extract the most taxes. Yet...

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