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What would Jesus say to Jersey today?

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; change your minds and believe in the good news.” Mark 1.14, 15 [circa AD 30]

In bold above are Jesus’ first words – as reported in the biography written about him by a man named Mark.

As you can see Mark gets on with it. No messing. His biography is the shortest of the four: Matthew; Mark; Luke; John. Only 22 pages in readable font. Best not to read it, though. It might hurt.

And yet....

Jesus’ very first words would be very acceptable in Jersey’s Town Hall tomorrow. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; change your minds and believe in the good news.”

There’s a catch, though. If Jesus was speaking in the Town Hall tomorrow it would be against a controversial background. It’s there in bold above. Jersey’s insecure dictators (who they?) have arrested John and put him in prison. They don’t like John at all. He’s counter-cultural because he doesn’t agree with a liberal lifestyle – something Jersey folk have adopted. John is in La Moye because he spoke against wife-swapping.
‘If you believe what you like in the good news of Jesus Christ, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the good news you believe, but yourself.’ (Augustine of Hippo, Writer, 354-430 AD)

Is this going to affect Jesus when he speaks in the Town Hall tomorrow? After all, this John has made it abundantly clear that his (John’s) sole purpose in life is to prepare folk for Jesus.

The Town Hall is going to be full because John, before the imprisonment which silenced him, is on the record as repeatedly saying –

1. Everyone in Jersey must change their minds and seek forgiveness from above;
2. The man who is coming after him (Jesus – in the Town Hall tomorrow) is so strong that John doesn’t have the worth even to touch his shoes;
3. Jesus will immerse people in holy intangible life – with all that this means.

Will this Jesus lay into us tomorrow at the Town Hall? It seems likely because it’s reported (by Mark) that Jesus was with John a few weeks ago. Jesus joined the queue of those who were going public about having changed their minds – those who wanted to be forgiven for all their sins – those who showed that their change was real by being immersed in water by John....

Apparently, so pleased was God the Father with this action of Jesus that the skies kind of opened up and a voice from heaven said, “You are my beloved son; with you I am well pleased.”

Jersey folk don’t know what to make of that – why was God pleased about Jesus joining the queue with all these repentant sinners?

Nevertheless he’s speaking at the Town Hall tomorrow. What will he say?

Will Jesus, like John, say something damaging which will cause the authorities to arrest him and drag him before the Royal Court?

Is he going to lay into us?

Who is he, anyway?

‘The person who does not glory in the good news of Jesus Christ can surely know little of the plague of sin that is within him.’ (J C Ryle, Writer, 1816-1900)

Would his message be the same as given to Galilean folk in AD 30? I think so. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; change your minds and believe in the good news.”

Why not read all 22 pages of Jesus’ message?

Ring or text me for a copy of Mark’s biography 07797734817 – or we can read it together over a coffee or two.

Richard Syvret

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