THE Trinity in Jersey http://thetrinityinjersey.org THE Trinity in Jersey - a series of weekly newsletters under the title "info for islanders" linking the Bible, Jesus Christ and Jersey. Immediately after his resurrection and just before his ascension in AD 33, Jesus Christ instructed his key followers to make disciples of all nations. They were to do this in two ways: first, by immersing them into the name (all the attributes and facts about) the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; second, by teaching them to observe and obey all that he had commanded them. THE Trinity in Jersey "info for islanders" seeks to assist in both those ways in making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. en Tue, 25 Jan 2022 05:31:19 EST Does ‘down here’ affect ‘up there’? (2) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=778 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now he (Jesus of Nazareth) told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honour, saying to them, ….. (Luke 14: 7) . . <p class="MsoNormal">It’s around AD 30 in what is now Israel. Jesus is an invited guest to a dinner at the house of a Pharisee. Clearly, he has noticed how the guests were behaving on arrival…… Then he decides to speak to them all by describing a theoretical parallel situation… A wedding feast….</p>“When you, under someone, may be called into weddings, you may not sit down into the highest place, lest a more valued than you may be called, under him, and that one who called you and him will come and will say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to hold down the end place. But when you may be invited, having come, sit down in the end place, so that, when he who invited you may come, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honoured in the presence of all those sitting at table with you." http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=778 Thu, 20 Jan 2022 00:00:00 EST Does ‘down here’ affect ‘up there’? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=777 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret He [Jesus of Nazareth c. AD 30] went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem but someone said to him, “Lord, those being saved – are they few?” And he said to them, “Agonise to come in through the narrow door. For many, I state to you, will crave to come in and will not be able.” (Luke 13: 22) . .. . How many will be “saved”? Saved post-death? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=777 Thu, 13 Jan 2022 00:00:00 EST The only three persons who count http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=776 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on a Sabbath. And look and see, there was a woman who had had a spirit of weakness for eighteen years. She was bent together and could not un-stoop at all. Seeing her, Jesus called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are untied from your weakness.” Then he placed his hands on her and immediately she was straightened up. And she glorified God. But the head of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, answering, said to the people, “There are six days in which it is necessary to work. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” (Luke 13: 10) . .. .“Far too often in this life we are interested in only three persons: me, myself and I’ (Anon.) “It is the desiring of our own way which leads to every other sin in the world.” (Donald Grey Barnhouse, American Pastor, 1895-1960) The year is around AD 30. The place Galilee, which is now part of Israel. Only three people are featured: Jesus, a woman and a man. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=776 Thu, 06 Jan 2022 00:00:00 EST Obadiah. Eh? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=775 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret "The day of the LORD is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head." (Obadiah 1: 15) . .. .“Far too often in this life we are interested in only three persons: me, myself and I’ (Anon.) “It is the desiring of our own way which leads to every other sin in the world.” (Donald Grey Barnhouse, American Pastor, 1895-1960)“So, whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Jesus Christ, Sermon on the Mount, c. AD 30) “Righteous punishment is a thousand light years away from revenge.” (Anon.) Obadiah is a one-page book believed to have been written by him around BC 580. Most of his tiny book is direct words from the LORD God John to Edom, a tiny nation of descendants from Esau. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=775 Fri, 31 Dec 2021 00:00:00 EST John64 – the followers of the servant king http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=774 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So when they were breakfasting, Jesus states to Simon Peter, “Simon of John, do you love-in-action me more than these?” (John 21: 15) . .. .“Far too often in this life we are interested in only three persons: me, myself and I’ (Anon.) “It is the desiring of our own way which leads to every other sin in the world.” (Donald Grey Barnhouse, American Pastor, 1895-1960)“So, whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Jesus Christ, Sermon on the Mount, c. AD 30) “Righteous punishment is a thousand light years away from revenge.” (Anon.). . John, the first -century eye-witness biographer of Jesus concludes his brief epilogue with this AD 30 incident. The resurrected Jesus is on the sea shore with seven disciples (see John63), helping them, feeding them, serving them. A few days earlier, before the cross and resurrection, Peter had claimed that he would die for and with Jesus (see John45) but ended up denying – three times – that he ever knew him.In questioning Simon three times, Jesus uses the name, “Simon of John”. The name “John” (Greek Ioannes) comes from the Hebrew and means ‘The Lord God the gracious giver.’ Thus, Jesus addressed him as belonging to ‘the Lord the gracious giver’. Was he in fact a ‘gracious giver’, loving-in-action Jesus?He states to him, “Yes, Lord, you have discerned that I do love-in-friendship you.” He states to him, “Feed my lambs!” He states to him again a second time, “Simon of John, do you love-in-action me?” The verb ‘to love-in friendship’ was first used in John’s biography when Jesus said, “the Father loves-in-friendship the Son and shows him all things that he himself is doing”. Simon’s response was himself to state his “love-in-friendship” of the Son. He is then instructed: “feed my lambs”. These need love-in-action feeding. Then the question is asked a second time.He states to him, “Yes, Lord, you have discerned that I do love-in-friendship you.” He states to him, “Shepherd my sheep!” A second time Simon indicates his “love-in-friendship”. The command follows: “shepherd my sheep”. These need love-in-action shepherding. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=774 Fri, 24 Dec 2021 00:00:00 EST John63 – the servant king http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=773 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret With these things Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples upon the Sea of Tiberias. In fact he revealed in this way: Simon Peter, and Thomas (he stated “Didymus”), and Nathanael (he from Cana of Galilee), and those of Zebedee, and two others from his disciples, were together. (John 21: 1) . .. .“Far too often in this life we are interested in only three persons: me, myself and I’ (Anon.) “It is the desiring of our own way which leads to every other sin in the world.” (Donald Grey Barnhouse, American Pastor, 1895-1960)“So, whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Jesus Christ, Sermon on the Mount, c. AD 30) “Righteous punishment is a thousand light years away from revenge.” (Anon.). .. . These two sentences begin the epilogue which John wrote to his eye-witness first-century AD biography of Jesus Christ. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus have all been recorded. But there were a few more things which John wanted his readers to appreciate. That’s why he used the word “revealed” – twice above and once more, below, at the end of this John63. The first thing to note is that seven disciples are involved, including ‘doubting’ Thomas (see John62), Nathanael (see John5) and John the biographer himself – he being one of the sons of Zebedee. An eclectic mix. Simon Peter states to them, “I am going away to fish-in-the-sea’” They state to him, “And we ourselves are coming with you.” They came out and embarked into the ship and in that night took nothing. Early morning in fact having already come to be, Jesus stood into the seashore. However, the disciples had not discerned that it is Jesus.The disciples, led by Peter, begin to realise that they now need to earn a living – besides following the resurrected Jesus. Together they go sea-fishing. Together they fail. Jesus, however, “stood into the seashore”. Jesus is on the shore and into the sea. Is this shore on the Sea of Galilee a parallel for another shore where Jesus now is? Is he still, now, looking after his disciples? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=773 Fri, 17 Dec 2021 00:00:00 EST John62 – “Peace to you” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=772 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So it being evening on that same day—the first of the sabbaths—and the doors having been locked where the disciples are through fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood into the middle and states to them, “Peace to you.” And having said this, he showed them the hands and the side. (John 20: 19) . .. .“Far too often in this life we are interested in only three persons: me, myself and I’ (Anon.) “It is the desiring of our own way which leads to every other sin in the world.” (Donald Grey Barnhouse, American Pastor, 1895-1960)“So, whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Jesus Christ, Sermon on the Mount, c. AD 30) “Righteous punishment is a thousand light years away from revenge.” (Anon.). .. .. . In his first-century eye-witness biography of Jesus, John is describing the events of that day in AD 30 when the resurrection of Jesus from the dead was actually seen. That day was earlier described by John (see John61) as “the first of the sabbaths”. In the AD 30 Judean calendar the day was definitely not a Sabbath day. John now repeats that – above – in connection with the evening of “that same day – the first of the sabbaths”. What does it mean?In the Bible’s first book – Genesis – the very first sabbath is recorded like this: “The heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested (Hebrew ‘shabbat’) on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God (Hebrew ‘shabbat’) from all his work that he had done in creation.”But the rest and peace of the whole of creation was wrecked by human beings and death and chaos began to reign on earth. That day in AD 30 “the first of the sabbaths” was the first day of death defeated and peace restored between heaven and earth. “Peace to you” was Jesus’ new message to his disciples. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=772 Fri, 10 Dec 2021 00:00:00 EST John61 – Mary Magdalene turns into an angel http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=771 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret In fact the first of the sabbaths, Mary Magdalene comes into the tomb early, being still darkness, and sees the stone taken from the tomb. So she runs and comes to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved-in-friendship and states to them, “They took the Lord from the tomb and we do not discern where they have set him down!” (John 20: 1) . .. .“Far too often in this life we are interested in only three persons: me, myself and I’ (Anon.) “It is the desiring of our own way which leads to every other sin in the world.” (Donald Grey Barnhouse, American Pastor, 1895-1960)“So, whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Jesus Christ, Sermon on the Mount, c. AD 30) “Righteous punishment is a thousand light years away from revenge.” (Anon.). .. .. .. . In John’s first-century eye-witness biography of Jesus it’s AD30. Jesus had earlier been condemned and crucified and his body embalmed and buried on the day immediately preceding the sabbath day and at Passover time.In John’s biography this is the first specific mention of Mary Magdalene. John does not specifically link Mary Magdalene with the Mary in John38 in this series That Mary, having “a pound of ointment of very valuable genuine nard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped dry his feet with her hair.” However Mary Magdalene is at the tomb before dawn. Seeing the stone taken from the tomb entrance she assumes the worst and runs back to two of the disciples. So Peter and the other disciple came out and were coming into the tomb. In fact the two were running together and the other disciple quickly outran Peter and came first into the tomb. And bending over, he sees the linen-cloths set-in-place. However, he did not come in. So Simon Peter also came, following him, and he came in into the tomb and observes the linen-cloths set-in-place, and the napkin that was upon his head not set-in-place with the linen-cloths, but having been enfolded separately into one place. So then the other disciple that came into the tomb first also came inside, and he saw and he believed; because they had not as yet discerned the scripture that it is imperative to him to rise up from death. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=771 Fri, 03 Dec 2021 00:00:00 EST John60 – the first true sabbath http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=770 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So the Judeans, since it was a preparation-day, in order that the bodies might not stay upon the cross in the sabbath (because that very sabbath was a great day), asked Pilate in order that their legs might be broken and they might be taken. So the soldiers came and indeed broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. In fact coming upon Jesus, when they saw him already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and blood and water came out immediately. (John 19: 31) . .. .“Far too often in this life we are interested in only three persons: me, myself and I’ (Anon.) “It is the desiring of our own way which leads to every other sin in the world.” (Donald Grey Barnhouse, American Pastor, 1895-1960)“So, whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Jesus Christ, Sermon on the Mount, c. AD 30) “Righteous punishment is a thousand light years away from revenge.” (Anon.). .. .. .. .. . In John’s first-century eye-witness biography of Jesus it’s AD30 and we’ve now passed the hour on that Passover day when, on that Roman cross, Jesus said, “It is accomplished” and, bowing his head, gave over his spirit. However, that day was not only a Passover day, it was also a preparation-day for a sabbath – in fact a preparation-day for one of the “great” sabbaths. The word “sabbath” comes from a root word meaning “cessation” and “rest”. Understandably, the Jerusalem religious authorities did not want the bodies of the three criminals hanging around during a great sabbath. The bodies were under the authority of Pilate and he alone had authority to take them.Pilate’s soldiers were given the task of ensuring all three were dead. The legs of two were broken but, Jesus already being dead, they instead pierced his side with a spear. Out came blood and water. And the one having discerned has testified, and his testimony is true, and that one discerns that he states true, in order that you also may believe, because these things came to be so that the scripture may be fulfilled: “Not a bone of his will be broken.” And again another scripture says, “They will discern into the one whom they had pierced.” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=770 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 00:00:00 EST John59 – the fulcrum of human history http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=769 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So they took Jesus and, lifting himself the cross, he came out into the stated ‘cranium place’, which is stated “Golgotha” in Hebrew, where they crucified him and, with him, two others from here and from here - in the middle in fact Jesus. (John 19: 16) . .. .“Far too often in this life we are interested in only three persons: me, myself and I’ (Anon.) “It is the desiring of our own way which leads to every other sin in the world.” (Donald Grey Barnhouse, American Pastor, 1895-1960)“So, whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Jesus Christ, Sermon on the Mount, c. AD 30) “Righteous punishment is a thousand light years away from revenge.” (Anon.). .. .. .. .. .. . In the biography of Jesus of Nazareth written by John, a first-century AD eye-witness of these things, it is the first Good Friday and it is AD 30. The place of crucifixion is called both ‘head-place’ and ‘skull place’ (‘Golgotha’). It’s the only place on earth where death and life become interchangeable. And Jesus is in there in the middle of death so as to give life to others “from here” dying….Also in fact Pilate wrote a notice and set it down upon the cross. In fact it was written, “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Judeans.” So many of the Judeans read this notice in that the place where Jesus was crucified was near the town and it was written in Hebrew, in Roman, in Greek. So the chief priests of the Judeans stated to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The king of the Judeans,’ but, ‘This one said, a king of the Judeans I am.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” This strife between Pilate and the chief priests over the Advertisement affixed to the cross seems to set out the life-and-death issue. Was he the king of the Judeans? Or was he just another claimant to that throne? Pilate seems to have been convinced of the truth of what he had written. If so, he may live. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=769 Fri, 19 Nov 2021 00:00:00 EST