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Jesus Christ - The Son of God our Saviour

Monday, 1st July 2019

Reading: 2 Timothy 1

We all need a manual at times in our lives, maybe so we can put together flat pack furniture perhaps or for something a little more technical like repairing a fault on our car, but throughout our lives we will refer to manuals or instructions to help us. Today if you have access to the internet and You Tube there is always a site that will guide you through even the most complicated tasks. But you need to be selective because quite often there are many different sites that will advise on the best way to accomplish a task and each will be slightly different in the advice it offers, the reason being, because these manuals reflect one person’s experience of solving a problem.

 

Genealogies

Monday, 1st July 2019

I have spent many hours researching and compiling the Walton family tree which now contains about ninety names. Including my grandsons, I have established nine generations, spanning two-hundred and fifty years. My wife tells me it is a waste of time. Most of my ancestors are dead and I should spend more time thinking about the living. She is right of course!

So the question is, What is the purpose of the genealogies given in Scripture? The books of Chronicles have seemingly endless lists of names. We are given the line of descendants from Adam to Abraham, from Abraham to Jacob, from Jacob to David, and then the genealogies of all the tribes. Why? Are they of any more interest to us than my family tree is to you? They are not just restricted to the Old Testament either. Luke 3 contains the genealogy of Jesus, “son of Joseph … son of Adam, which was the son of God” – seventy-six generations.

Love in Action

Sunday, 30th June 2019

Readings: 1 Samuel 11-12, Isaiah 55, Revelation 19-20

To love the Lord our God should be a joy and a pleasure, it should be the beginning and the end. What we wake up and go to sleep to. What inspires us, comforts us and gives life its meaning. To love the Lord is also a commandment. When Jesus was asked which was the most important commandment of all he replied; “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might.” Matthew 22:37 (NKJV). He quickly followed this by saying; “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Matthew 22:39. So which of these is the most important commandment? Neither! They are both as important as each other. The way we can show how true and meaningful our love to God is, is by loving other people. These two commandments are so closely linked together they cannot be separated; our love for others is an expression of our love for God.

Isaiah 48 – God Will Save His People

Sunday, 23rd June 2019

Readings: 1 Samuel 2, Isaiah 48, Revelation 5-6

The chapters from the prophet Isaiah which we have been reading this week are perhaps the most impressive in the Old Testament. This section of Isaiah was composed to comfort the Jews who would be taken to Babylon as prisoners by Nebuchadnezzar in 568 BC. But Isaiah lived in the period between King Uzziah and King Hezekiah (see Isaiah 1:1 ESV), which means he was writing these words about 150 years before the time of Nebuchadnezzar. With God’s foreknowledge of the future, the prophet was being inspired by the Holy Spirit to set down a message for a generation long after his own death.

The power of his resurrection (Issue 175)

Tuesday, 18th June 2019
Issue 175

“I want to know Christ — yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10, 11, NIV).

This is how Paul described his goal in life; this is the prize for which he was striving. But what does he mean by knowing the power of Christ’s resurrection? We might first think he’s referring to the resurrection of the dead at Christ’s coming, when we will experience in our own bodies Christ’s life-giving power. But he mentions the future resurrection at the end of the verse. Is Paul thinking of something else?

The Letter to the Romans tells us more about the impact that Christ’s resurrection has now. Paul makes clear that our salvation results from both the death and the resurrection of Jesus – he “was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (4:25); we “were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, [... we shall] be saved by his life (5:10,11).

Incidents in the Life of Abraham (Part 2 of 2)

Monday, 17th June 2019

So we move to the second part of Genesis 18, to Abraham’s intercession for Sodom:

“When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. Then the Lord said, ‘Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?’” (v16,17)

It would appear that the angel of God’s presence engages in the discussion with Abraham about the fate of the city whilst the other two angels go towards the city. The Lord had given the reason: “Then the LORD said, ‘The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous’” (v20).

Abraham, knowing Lot was established in the city, and hearing God’s judgement, begins that notable exchange with the Lord, finally making the plea for a family sized group to be considered worthy of saving:

Abiding

Sunday, 16th June 2019

Readings: Judges 17-18, Isaiah 40,  1 John 1-2

When John wrote his Gospel, he told us why in John 20:30-31 (NKJV). He wanted us to be convinced that Jesus is the Christ and so that we receive eternal life as a result. When he wrote the first Epistle, he also told us his purpose in 1 John 2:1. So he has moved on for his readers from belief to action, as will become clear as we read on.

John’s opening words in 1 John 1:1-4 declares that the Word that he wrote of in the opening of his gospel was real and living. The Word had been made flesh and that Word was the Lord Jesus Christ who had now risen from the dead and was still real. He and the other disciples, plus many others were witnesses of his resurrection. He slips in another bit of purpose in v4, that he wants our joy to be full. He wants us to feel the joy of knowing that, as Jesus has risen, we can too.

Reassurance

Sunday, 9th June 2019

Readings: Judges 6, Isaiah 33, James 3-4

We all need re-assurance, especially when we are faced with a situation that seems impossible for us to solve. In such circumstances we can turn to the LORD, but perhaps our hearts do not quite rise to what our minds tell us He can do for us.