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 Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:55:45 EDT the wonder of the cross http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=638 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.” And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons. Matthew 27: 45-56 Isaac Watts 1674-1748 – When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory diedmy richest gain I count as lossand pour contempt on all my pride.Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast save in the cross of Christ my God.The very things that charm me most I sacrifice them to his blood.See from his head, his hands, his feetsorrow and love flow mingled down.When did such love and sorrow meetor thorns compose so rich a crown?His lifeblood, like a crimson robeclothes all his body on the tree.Then I am dead to all the globeand all the globe is dead to me.Were the whole realm of nature minethat were an offering far too small.Love so amazing, so divinedemands my soul, my life, my all. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=638 Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:00:00 EDT Intangible reason for actions http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=637 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Then he [the governor, AD 30, Jerusalem] released for them Bar-abbas, and having scourged Jesus, gave him away to be crucified. Then, the soldiers of the governor having taken Jesus inside the Roman headquarters, they brought together the whole cohort upon him. Having stripped him, they put around him a scarlet robe. Having twisted together a crown out of thorns, they placed it over his head and a reed in his right hand. Having knelt down in front of him, they mocked him, stating, “Greetings, King of the Jews!” And having spat on him, they took the reed and were striking him over the head. While they mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put him into his own clothes and gave him away to be crucified. Coming outside, they found a man from Cyrene [in Libya], Simon by name, and they conscripted him so that he might carry his cross. And having come to a place called Golgotha (which is called Place of a Skull), they gave him wine to drink, mixed with bile. Having tasted it, he would not drink. Having crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by gambling. Then, having sat down, they kept watch over him there, and over his head they put the charge against him, written, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” Matthew 27: 26-35 ‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, 1729-1797) ‘The root of all evil in human nature is the corruption of the will.’ (A W Tozer, American pastor, 1897-1963) Take a look with me at Matthew’s eye-witness record (bold above) of the Roman governor of Jerusalem in AD 30 and of the soldiers to whom he gave over Jesus to be crucified.Matthew describes their actions not only by using several different verbs (‘to scourge’; ‘to give away’) but also by alternating between verbs as participles (“having scourged”; “having stripped”) and verbs in indicative form (“they placed”; “they mocked”).Often in both Greek and Hebrew (the Bible’s main languages), participles are used to indicate the intangible reason for actions which then follow using indicatives. Let’s try that for size…. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=637 Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:00:00 EDT All the people will discern http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=636 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now the chief priests and the elders convinced the crowds that they might call for the Son-of-the-father [Bar-Abbas] and might destroy away Jesus. The governor answering said to them, “Which of the two do you wish me to release away to you?” And they said, “The Son-of-the-father.” Pilate stated to them, “Then what may I do to Jesus the one called Christ?” They all stated, “Crucify him.” And he disclosed, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted exceedingly, stating, “Crucify him.” So, when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing but rather that a riot was coming into being, taking water he washed his hands in opposition to the crowd, stating, “I am innocent of this man’s blood: you yourselves will discern.” Then all the people, answering, said, “His blood over us and over our children.” Then he released away to them the Son-of-the-father, and having scourged Jesus, gave him over to be crucified. Matthew 27: 20-26 ‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, 1729-1797) ‘The root of all evil in human nature is the corruption of the will.’ (A W Tozer, American pastor, 1897-1963)‘Nothing is more personal than guilt.’ (Donald Macleod, University theology professor, 1940-) ‘This is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus – quoted in John’s biography) Every day several incidents of ‘anti-Semitism’ are reported around the globe The UK Labour Party is, at present, under siege from accusations in that regard. And perhaps the main event in history which appears to have given rise to this continuing ‘-ism’ is the incident recorded in bold above.Matthew, its writer, was in fact Jewish himself. He had earlier been a tax-farmer for the Roman authorities. He wrote his biography of Jesus because he was an eye-witness of the life, teaching, death and resurrection of this man. He wrote in Greek and existing manuscripts agree his exact words. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=636 Fri, 05 Apr 2019 00:00:00 EDT Crowds are convinced http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=635 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now as part of the festival [Passover AD 30 Jerusalem] the governor was accustomed to release to the crowd any one prisoner whom they wished. At that time, they had an infamous prisoner called ‘Jesus Son-of-the-father’. So, they having been brought together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you wish that I may release away to you: Jesus the Son-of-the-father, or Jesus the one called Christ?” For he had perceived that it was out of jealousy that they had given him over. Also, as he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife had sent out for him, stating, “Nothing – between you and that same righteous man – because I was greatly moved today through a dream about him.” Now the chief priests and the elders convinced the crowds that they might call for the Son-of-the-father and might destroy away Jesus. The governor answering said to them, “Which of the two do you wish me to release away to you?” And they said, “The Son-of-the-father.” Pilate stated to them, “Then what may I do to Jesus the one called Christ?” They all stated, “Crucify him.” And he disclosed, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted exceedingly, stating, “Crucify him.” Matthew 27: 15-23 ‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, 1729-1797) ‘The root of all evil in human nature is the corruption of the will.’ (A W Tozer, American pastor, 1897-1963)‘Nothing is more personal than guilt.’ (Donald Macleod, University theology professor, 1940-) ‘This is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus – quoted in John’s biography)‘The trouble with stretching the truth is that people are apt to see through it.’ (Anon.) ‘Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks, and falsehood is always weak, no matter how strong it looks.’ (Phillips Brooks, lyricist of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, 1835-1893) <p class="MsoNormal">“There has never been a perfect forgery of banknotes”. If an expert told you that, would you accept it? Of course not! A little wisdom will immediately realize that, if a perfect forgery had been achieved, the expert would be completely unaware of it – would, in fact, have been fooled by it.</p>Or could there be another reason for making such a statement – a reason motivating the expert to make a false statement like that? If the crowd needed to be confident that bank notes were truly valuable and could be totally trusted, an expert might well make such a statement knowing it to be false. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=635 Fri, 29 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EDT Will he deny it all? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=634 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus stood in front of the governor and the governor questioned him, stating, ‘You are the king of the Jews?’ Jesus clarified to him: ‘You are stating that.’ Then, when being accused by the chief priests and the elders, he answered nothing. Then Pilate stated to him, ‘Don’t you hear how many things they testify against you?’ But he didn’t answer him, not even to one word, leading the governor to be greatly astonished. Matthew 27: 1-10 ‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, 1729-1797) ‘The root of all evil in human nature is the corruption of the will.’ (A W Tozer, American pastor, 1897-1963)‘Nothing is more personal than guilt.’ (Donald Macleod, University theology professor, 1940-) ‘This is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus – quoted in John’s biography)‘The trouble with stretching the truth is that people are apt to see through it.’ (Anon.) ‘Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks, and falsehood is always weak, no matter how strong it looks.’ (Phillips Brooks, lyricist of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, 1835-1893)‘A guilty conscience needs no accuser.’ (Anon.) ‘All human beings (save one) stand condemned, not by external ethical codes, but by their own ethical code, and all human beings (save one) therefore are conscious of guilt.’ (C S Lewis, academic, creator of Narnia, 1898-1963) Those of us who have come before the Bailiff, Jersey’s Chief Judge, in the Royal Court, have a fair idea of what it means to face a judge. Terrifying? Yes (maybe not if you’re a lawyer). And does it change you inside? Yes. In my case it made me determined to present my case in the very best possible light.Recently, a murder trial took place in that Royal Court. The accused had pleaded “Not Guilty” to the murder of his girlfriend. Not only was he convicted of that murder but he was also found guilty of two counts of perverting the course of justice. Clearly he, like me, was determined to present his case in the best possible light, which included both the ‘Not Guilty’ plea and also lying so as to mislead the police. Others, of course, have not faced, and may never face, judgment in court. They seek to avoid that with every fibre of their being. Of course, these deniers fall into two categories. First, there are those who deny it – and never did it. Second, there are those who deny it – and did do it. Maybe you and I will never know whether they did it or not. But one thing is certain. They all deny all the accusations against them. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=634 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EDT YOU are up for sale: at what price? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=633 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now when it was early morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred against Jesus in order to put him to death. And after tying him up, they led him away and gave him over to Pilate the governor. Then when Judas, the one who had given him over, saw that he had been condemned, he regretted what he had done and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by giving over innocent blood!” But they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” And throwing the silver coins into the temple he departed. And he went away and hanged himself. But the chief priests took the silver coins and said, “It is not permitted to put them into the temple treasury, because it is the price of blood.” And after conferring, they purchased with them the field of the potter, as burial for strangers. (For this reason, that field has been called the Field of Blood until today.) Then what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled, who said, “And they took the thirty silver coins, the price of the one who had been priced, on whom a price had been set by the sons of Israel, and they gave them for the potter’s field, just as the Lord directed me.” Matthew 27: 1-10 ‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, 1729-1797) ‘The root of all evil in human nature is the corruption of the will.’ (A W Tozer, American pastor, 1897-1963)‘Nothing is more personal than guilt.’ (Donald Macleod, University theology professor, 1940-) ‘This is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus – quoted in John’s biography)‘The trouble with stretching the truth is that people are apt to see through it.’ (Anon.) ‘Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks, and falsehood is always weak, no matter how strong it looks.’ (Phillips Brooks, lyricist of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, 1835-1893)‘A guilty conscience needs no accuser.’ (Anon.) ‘All human beings (save one) stand condemned, not by external ethical codes, but by their own ethical code, and all human beings (save one) therefore are conscious of guilt.’ (C S Lewis, academic, creator of Narnia, 1898-1963)‘Whatever else is or is not true, this one thing is certain – humans are not what they were meant to be.’ (G K Chesterton, English writer, 1874-1936) <p class="MsoNormal">‘Man, made in the image of God, has a purpose – to be in relationship to God, who is there. Man forgets his purpose and thus he forgets who he is and what life means.’ (Francis Schaeffer, theologian and philosopher, 1912-1984)</p> Beneath the radar systems of Jersey – and therefore unseen by many of us – people are being bought and sold. Wikipedia defines human trafficking as ‘the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labour, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others.’ Let’s imagine that human traffickers got hold of you. What price would they be asking for you when they put you up for sale? How would that compare with the price paid for you in Jersey’s employment market? And with the price which you would place upon yourself? You’re worth more to yourself than to anybody else, aren’t you? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=633 Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EDT Me? A pariah? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=632 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And one servant girl came near to him, stating, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.” But he denied it before them all, stating, “I know nothing of what you state.” And coming out towards the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she stated to those there, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” And, again, he denied that with an oath: “I know nothing of the man.” After a little, those rightly there having come near said to Peter, “In truth, you too are one of them, because your speech makes you transparent.” Then he began strongly to call down a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before rooster-crow three times you will totally deny me.” And having come out outside he wept bitterly. Matthew 26: 69-75 ‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, 1729-1797) ‘The root of all evil in human nature is the corruption of the will.’ (A W Tozer, American pastor, 1897-1963)‘Nothing is more personal than guilt.’ (Donald Macleod, University theology professor, 1940-) ‘This is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus – quoted in John’s biography)‘The trouble with stretching the truth is that people are apt to see through it.’ (Anon.) ‘Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks, and falsehood is always weak, no matter how strong it looks.’ (Phillips Brooks, lyricist of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, 1835-1893)‘A guilty conscience needs no accuser.’ (Anon.) ‘All human beings (save one) stand condemned, not by external ethical codes, but by their own ethical code, and all human beings (save one) therefore are conscious of guilt.’ (C S Lewis, academic, creator of Narnia, 1898-1963)‘Whatever else is or is not true, this one thing is certain – humans are not what they were meant to be.’ (G K Chesterton, English writer, 1874-1936) <p class="MsoNormal">‘Man, made in the image of God, has a purpose – to be in relationship to God, who is there. Man forgets his purpose and thus he forgets who he is and what life means.’ (Francis Schaeffer, theologian and philosopher, 1912-1984)</p>‘In these days of guilt complexes, perhaps the most glorious word in the English language is “forgiveness”’ (Billy Graham, evangelist, 1918-2018) ‘Our God has a big eraser.’ (Billy Zeoli, American media producer, 1932-2015) Several biographies of famous Jersey people have been written. A few of those are biographies of people alive in the recent past….. And they make interesting reading. If you’re anything like me, when I read a biography, I often spend time looking into the Index at the back, picking up on names, events and places which I may recognize from previous reading. A former tax-farmer (a man who tendered to the Roman authorities for the right to collect taxes in a particular area and then collected more so as to pay himself something out of those taxes) wrote a biography of Jesus Christ. His name was Matthew and he was an eye-witness of all that Jesus did and said in the three years of his public ministry in Palestine ending around AD 30.If one looks at an index of his biography,7 the name of Peter occurs 23 times in its 35 pages. Interestingly, the last mention of Peter in Matthew’s biography is in bold above. It ends: “And having come out outside he wept bitterly.” Nothing more.Have you ever been written about in someone’s biography? That can be quite painful. In my case, as I write, I’m expecting that I might be mentioned in a forthcoming book about the history of banking and finance in Jersey….. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=632 Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST Legal aid and legal murder (2) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=631 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered…… Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build a house in three days.’ ” And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (XXX) Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” Then they spat in his face and punched him. And some slapped him, saying, “Declare to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?” Matthew 26: 57-68 ‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, 1729-1797) ‘The root of all evil in human nature is the corruption of the will.’ (A W Tozer, American pastor, 1897-1963)‘Nothing is more personal than guilt.’ (Donald Macleod, University theology professor, 1940-) ‘This is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus – quoted in John’s biography)‘The trouble with stretching the truth is that people are apt to see through it.’ (Anon.) ‘Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks, and falsehood is always weak, no matter how strong it looks.’ (Phillips Brooks, lyricist of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, 1835-1893)‘A guilty conscience needs no accuser.’ (Anon.) ‘All human beings (save one) stand condemned, not by external ethical codes, but by their own ethical code, and all human beings (save one) therefore are conscious of guilt.’ (C S Lewis, academic, creator of Narnia, 1898-1963)‘Whatever else is or is not true, this one thing is certain – humans are not what they were meant to be.’ (G K Chesterton, English writer, 1874-1936) <p class="MsoNormal">‘Man, made in the image of God, has a purpose – to be in relationship to God, who is there. Man forgets his purpose and thus he forgets who he is and what life means.’ (Francis Schaeffer, theologian and philosopher, 1912-1984)</p>‘In these days of guilt complexes, perhaps the most glorious word in the English language is “forgiveness”’ (Billy Graham, evangelist, 1918-2018) ‘Our God has a big eraser.’ (Billy Zeoli, American media producer, 1932-2015)‘One Almighty is more than all mighties.’ (William Gurnall, Writer, 1616-1679) ‘Nothing whatever surprises God; all things that happen are absolutely certain from all eternity because they are all embraced in God’s eternal plan.’ (J Gresham Machen, University Professor, 1881-1937) Last week we thought about a kangaroo court in AD 30 Jerusalem, in the walled garden of the house of Caiaphas, the high priest - not the court room. The Sanhedrin – the real court authority was there but they weren’t in session. It’s past midnight on the day on which Jesus was crucified. He’s on trial.Those who wish to get rid of Jesus – which means pretty well all those who are anybody – have found only two false witnesses. Intriguingly these two told the truth. But it was truth which was totally unacceptable to this kangaroo court. The false witnesses testified with these words, “This man said, ‘I have the power to throw down the temple of God, and to build a house in three days.’” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=631 Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST Legal aid and legal murder (1) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=630 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered…… Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build a house in three days.’ ” And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” Then they spat in his face and punched him. And some slapped him, saying, “Declare to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?” Matthew 26: 57-68 ‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, 1729-1797) ‘The root of all evil in human nature is the corruption of the will.’ (A W Tozer, American pastor, 1897-1963)‘Nothing is more personal than guilt.’ (Donald Macleod, University theology professor, 1940-) ‘This is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus – quoted in John’s biography)‘The trouble with stretching the truth is that people are apt to see through it.’ (Anon.) ‘Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks, and falsehood is always weak, no matter how strong it looks.’ (Phillips Brooks, lyricist of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, 1835-1893)‘A guilty conscience needs no accuser.’ (Anon.) ‘All human beings (save one) stand condemned, not by external ethical codes, but by their own ethical code, and all human beings (save one) therefore are conscious of guilt.’ (C S Lewis, academic, creator of Narnia, 1898-1963)‘Whatever else is or is not true, this one thing is certain – humans are not what they were meant to be.’ (G K Chesterton, English writer, 1874-1936) <p class="MsoNormal">‘Man, made in the image of God, has a purpose – to be in relationship to God, who is there. Man forgets his purpose and thus he forgets who he is and what life means.’ (Francis Schaeffer, theologian and philosopher, 1912-1984)</p>‘In these days of guilt complexes, perhaps the most glorious word in the English language is “forgiveness”’ (Billy Graham, evangelist, 1918-2018) ‘Our God has a big eraser.’ (Billy Zeoli, American media producer, 1932-2015)‘One Almighty is more than all mighties.’ (William Gurnall, Writer, 1616-1679) ‘Nothing whatever surprises God; all things that happen are absolutely certain from all eternity because they are all embraced in God’s eternal plan.’ (J Gresham Machen, University Professor, 1881-1937)‘Actually, you cannot break the law of God. If you jump off a skyscraper you do not break the law of gravitation, you break your neck.’ (Vance Havner, author, 1901-1986) ‘The law of God will not take ninety-nine for a hundred.’ (William Secker, writer, d.1681) Discussions continue in Jersey about legal aid in criminal trials. Jersey is by no means alone in finding this difficult. The kernel of the problem – apart from the cost of hiring expert lawyers – is that justice demands that a person accused of a crime be represented by good quality, experienced lawyers. The resources of the State as prosecutor need to be fairly matched. Who can afford a good lawyer? If you can’t should you be given one free of charge?A court in which an accused person is inadequately represented would qualify to be called a kangaroo court. No one quite knows the origin of the adjective “kangaroo”. Maybe it describes a “jumped-up” court or a court that’s in the “pouch” – the pocket - of a biased person or group of people. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=630 Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST what he should have done (3) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=629 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus said (AD 30) “Rise, let us be going; look and see, my betrayer is at hand.” While he was still speaking, look and see, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, you are here for this.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. And look and see, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled. Matthew 26: 46-56 ‘The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.’ (Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, 1729-1797) ‘The root of all evil in human nature is the corruption of the will.’ (A W Tozer, American pastor, 1897-1963)‘Nothing is more personal than guilt.’ (Donald Macleod, University theology professor, 1940-) ‘This is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.’ (Jesus to Nicodemus – quoted in John’s biography)‘The trouble with stretching the truth is that people are apt to see through it.’ (Anon.) ‘Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks, and falsehood is always weak, no matter how strong it looks.’ (Phillips Brooks, lyricist of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, 1835-1893)‘A guilty conscience needs no accuser.’ (Anon.) ‘All human beings (save one) stand condemned, not by external ethical codes, but by their own ethical code, and all human beings (save one) therefore are conscious of guilt.’ (C S Lewis, academic, creator of Narnia, 1898-1963)‘Whatever else is or is not true, this one thing is certain – humans are not what they were meant to be.’ (G K Chesterton, English writer, 1874-1936) <p class="MsoNormal">‘Man, made in the image of God, has a purpose – to be in relationship to God, who is there. Man forgets his purpose and thus he forgets who he is and what life means.’ (Francis Schaeffer, theologian and philosopher, 1912-1984)</p>‘In these days of guilt complexes, perhaps the most glorious word in the English language is “forgiveness”’ (Billy Graham, evangelist, 1918-2018) ‘Our God has a big eraser.’ (Billy Zeoli, American media producer, 1932-2015)‘One Almighty is more than all mighties.’ (William Gurnall, Writer, 1616-1679) ‘Nothing whatever surprises God; all things that happen are absolutely certain from all eternity because they are all embraced in God’s eternal plan.’ (J Gresham Machen, University Professor, 1881-1937)‘Actually, you cannot break the law of God. If you jump off a skyscraper you do not break the law of gravitation, you break your neck.’ (Vance Havner, author, 1901-1986) ‘The law of God will not take ninety-nine for a hundred.’ (William Secker, writer, d.1681)‘God is so powerful that he can direct any evil to a good end.’ (Thomas Aquinas, theologian, 1225-1274) ‘Man drives, but it is God who holds the reins.’ (Anon.) There’s something rather concerning about the way in which most of us now receive information. A good example is the BBC internet news app. It enables me to choose what news is of interest to me – and therefore to exclude all other information. Another example is the algorithms on the internet which bombard me only with stuff which they know I’ve been browsing. Should I be concerned? Come with me then this morning to AD 30 Jerusalem and to a garden just outside the city walls. There, Jesus has been praying to his Father above that “this cup” will pass from him. But he’s always added, “Nevertheless, your will be done”. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=629 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST