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, 07 Jul 2020 18:39:13 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 44 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=698 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret They led Jesus (Jerusalem, c. AD 30) away towards the high priest. And all the high priests and the elders and the scribes came together. And Peter, from a distance, was following him until inside - within the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting together with the attendants and warming himself near the light. Peter, the most vociferous of Jesus’ disciples, is following the arrested Jesus – “at a distance”. His position is dangerous – for him. He is among those who are religiously “high”, experienced, and well educated. Also, he’s now “inside”, obtaining warmth from the authorities and seeing by their “light”. Now the high priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus so as to put him to death, and they were not finding it because many were providing false testimony against him, and their testimonies were not consistent. In Jersey’s Royal Court, the judges are (hopefully) seeking truth from the facts brought before them. In this case, the judges, including the “whole council” (like the complete States of Jersey), are intent on finding facts to support a death verdict, a way forward which they had already decided upon.And some, having arisen, are providing false testimony against him, stating that, “We heard him state that, ‘I will destroy this particular temple – man-made - and in three days I will build another house, not man-made.’” And not even about this was their testimony consistent. “Having arisen”? Mark uses this unusual word in his biography - anastantes. One is reminded, especially in early summer, of the way in which huge weeds arise on Jersey’s hedges, testifying to the power of ‘nature’. Human nature.It seems that these are hoping that their testimony (about Jesus having stated that he would destroy the magnificent Jerusalem Temple) would please their authorities. In fact, Jesus did “destroy” the Temple - remove it as the former house of God - through his death and rising again. Three days later, he became the final, real, everlasting house. The actual building was destroyed forty years later in AD 70 when Jerusalem was razed to the ground. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=698 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 43 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=697 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And they (Jesus and his disciples, c. AD 30, Jerusalem) came to a place with the name Gethsemane. And he states to his disciples, “Sit here while I may pray.” And he takes along with him Peter and James and John, and began to be terrified and to be distressed. And he states to them, “Exceedingly sorrowful is my life – until death. Remain here! And stay awake!” “Gethsemane” is a Hebrew word meaning ‘oil press’. Olive oil, a food, a medicine, a balm, is produced only by crushing. And having gone forward a little, he fell upon the ground and was praying that, if it is possible, the hour may come past from him. And he states, “Abba, Father, all possible for you. Remove this cup from me - but not what I will but what you will.” How very difficult it is to pray for - and to want to have - the will of the Father when that will (“this cup”) is for dreadful crushing for you, the son - to death. And he comes and finds them sleeping, and he states to Peter, “Simon, you are sleeping. You were not strong enough to stay awake one hour. Stay awake and pray so that you may not come into testing. The spirit indeed willing but the flesh weak.” A short time earlier Peter and his colleagues had assured Jesus that they would not disown him even if it meant dying with him. The “flesh” is the self-seeking dimension in humanity. It defaults towards personal ease and away from the Almighty and prayer. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=697 Fri, 26 Jun 2020 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 42 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=696 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And the first day of the Unleavened, when they were sacrificing the Passover, his disciples state to him (Jesus of Nazareth, c. AD 30, Jerusalem, the day before his crucifixion), “Where do you wish that, having come away, we may prepare that you may eat the Passover?” ‘What God sends is better than what humans ask for.’ (Croatian proverb) ‘In my place condemned he stood, sealed my pardon with his blood. Hallelujah. What a saviour.’ (Philip Bliss, American composer, 1838-1876) The adjective ‘Unleavened’, usually bread without leaven, was a picture of living a judgment-free, sin-free new life. The singular noun ‘Passover’, was a reminder of the lambs slain by the Israelites around 1350 BC by means of whose blood they escaped the punishment of death which, on one night, fell upon all the Egyptians and their livestock. This feast of the “sin-free” and the “passing over of sin and judgment to another” coincided with Jesus’ sacrifice of himself. All the disciples thought that this had to be eaten (roast lamb) “away” and was for Jesus, not them.And he sends out two of his disciples and states to them, “Go into the city! And a man carrying a kermaion (25 litre pitcher) of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he may come in, say this to the master of the house, ‘The teacher states, where is my guest room, wherein I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large above-ground-room, having been fully provided for, and prepared. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=696 Fri, 19 Jun 2020 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 41 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=695 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “(Jesus of Nazareth, c. AD 30, Jerusalem, speaking with four of his disciples) But concerning the particular day or the hour, no one knows, neither the angels in sky, nor the Son, but only the Father. See! Be alert! For you have not known when the time is - like a man away from people, having left his own house and having given his own servants the authority, each with his own work - he commanded the guard gatekeeper to stay awake. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning – otherwise, coming unexpectedly, he may find you sleeping deeply. And what I say to you I say to all: stay awake!” ‘What God sends is better than what humans ask for.’ (Croatian proverb) ‘In my place condemned he stood, sealed my pardon with his blood. Hallelujah. What a saviour.’ (Philip Bliss, American composer, 1838-1876)‘Men always hate what they envy most.’ (Henry Mencken, American journalist, 1880-1956) ‘We must not only give what we have; we must give what we are.’ (D-J Mercier, Belgian pastor and writer, 1851-1926) “Stay awake” x 3. What for? His coming? Yes, because they had not expected one coming. Earlier, Jesus had tried to prepare his followers for a future riven with wars, plagues, earthquakes, famines, false saviours who can’t deliver, - and persecution. Amidst all that, Jesus would come. Now he is anxious that they will stay awake at all times because the “particular day and hour” is known only to “the Father”. In particular because evening, midnight, dawn or morning, may be his coming hour for me. But it was, after two days, the Passover and the Unleavened. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how, overpowering him by deceit, they might kill him. For they stated, “Not during the festival, lest there will be an uproar from the people.” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=695 Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 40 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=694 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “But whenever you (Jesus speaking to four of his disciples, c. AD 39, Jerusalem, looking at the magnificent Herod’s Temple there) may see the abomination of desolation standing where he must not (note to the reader: understand!), then, those who are in Judea: flee to the mountains. The one who is on the housetop: do not go down, nor enter his house to take anything out. And the one who is in the field: do not turn back to take his coat. But, oh dear, those carrying in the womb and those breastfeeding in those days!" ‘What God sends is better than what humans ask for.’ (Croatian proverb) ‘In my place condemned he stood, sealed my pardon with his blood. Hallelujah. What a saviour.’ (Philip Bliss, American composer, 1838-1876)‘Men always hate what they envy most.’ (Henry Mencken, American journalist, 1880-1956) ‘We must not only give what we have; we must give what we are.’ (D-J Mercier, Belgian pastor and writer, 1851-1926) ‘Self-love is cunning, it insinuates itself into everything, while making us believe it is not there at all.’ (Francis de Sales, writer and preacher, 1567-1622) ‘He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah, Judean prophet, c. BC 725) The disciples have asked for more information about “when” “not even a stone upon a stone” will remain of the magnificent new buildings and Temple. They also asked him for an early warning system – a “whenever”.As part of the “whenever”, Jesus asks them to look out for “the abomination of desolation”. In particular this “abomination” will be “standing where he must not”. We’re all very much acquainted with “desolation” in our world through wars, production, consumption and downright cruelty. But what exactly is the “abomination” that has such “desolation” as its inevitable outcome?Does self-interested desire lead to hurt and damage to others? Is that motivation within every human the root cause of “desolation” all over the world? Communism. Hitler. ISIS. King Richard III, the Newell brothers. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=694 Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 39 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=693 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And as he (Jesus of Nazareth, c. AD 30, Jerusalem) came away out of the temple, one of his disciples stated to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “You see these great buildings. Not even a stone upon a stone may be sent away from here that may not have been broken apart.” ‘What God sends is better than what humans ask for.’ (Croatian proverb) ‘In my place condemned he stood, sealed my pardon with his blood. Hallelujah. What a saviour.’ (Philip Bliss, American composer, 1838-1876)‘Men always hate what they envy most.’ (Henry Mencken, American journalist, 1880-1956) ‘We must not only give what we have; we must give what we are.’ (D-J Mercier, Belgian pastor and writer, 1851-1926) ‘Self-love is cunning, it insinuates itself into everything, while making us believe it is not there at all.’ (Francis de Sales, writer and preacher, 1567-1622) ‘He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah, Judean prophet, c. BC 725) ‘The purpose of all prayer is to find God’s will and to make that will our prayer.’ (Catherine Marshall, author, 1914-1983) ‘Take away love and our earth is a tomb.’ (Robert Browning, British poet, 1812-1889) Within a day or two Jesus would be executed as a criminal on a Roman cross. The Jerusalem temple complex (Herod’s Temple) where he was teaching was absolutely magnificent. Most of its “bricks” were around 3 feet x 3 feet x 15 feet. The largest single stone was 11 x 16 x 44 and weighed over 600 tons. No wonder the disciples said, “Look”.Jesus wanted them to see two things in addition to the great buildings: first, that a time was inevitably coming when the great stones would be sent away from there; second, that no two stone would remain together. This took place in AD 70. But, similarly, the Temple of Artemis in Turkey and the Temple of Zeus in Greece – two wonders of the ancient world were both destroyed around AD 450. Is this something we ought to "see" when looking at today’s “buildings”?And as he was sitting down on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew were questioning him by himself, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign whenever such things are about to be fulfilled?” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=693 Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 38 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=692 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And, in his teaching, he (Jesus of Nazareth, c. AD 30, Jerusalem) stated, “Look away from the scribes: -- desiring to walk around in long robes, and greetings in the marketplaces, and prime seats in the synagogues, and prime places at dinners; - consuming the houses of the widows; and - for show praying long prayers.Those will receive abundantly more judgment.” ‘What God sends is better than what humans ask for.’ (Croatian proverb) ‘In my place condemned he stood, sealed my pardon with his blood. Hallelujah. What a saviour.’ (Philip Bliss, American composer, 1838-1876)‘Men always hate what they envy most.’ (Henry Mencken, American journalist, 1880-1956) ‘We must not only give what we have; we must give what we are.’ (D-J Mercier, Belgian pastor and writer, 1851-1926) ‘Self-love is cunning, it insinuates itself into everything, while making us believe it is not there at all.’ (Francis de Sales, writer and preacher, 1567-1622) ‘He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah, Judean prophet, c. BC 725) ‘The purpose of all prayer is to find God’s will and to make that will our prayer.’ (Catherine Marshall, author, 1914-1983) ‘Take away love and our earth is a tomb.’ (Robert Browning, British poet, 1812-1889) ‘Put away riches for yourselves in heaven… For your heart will be where your riches are.’ (From Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount) ‘Amazing love, O what sacrifice, the Son of God given for me. My debt He pays, and my death He dies, that I might live, that I might live.’ (Graham Kendrick, hymn writer) “Abundantly more judgment”? A scribe has just used the words “abundantly more” in speaking with Jesus. “Correct, Teacher. In truth you said that he (the Lord God) is one. And no other is - except him. And to love-in-action him with all one’s heart and with all one’s being and with all one’s ability, and to love-in-action one’s neighbour as oneself, is abundantly more than all of the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Jesus commended him for saying this.Totally to “love-in-action” the Lord God (and one’s neighbour as oneself) is “abundantly more” valuable than all offerings and sacrifices. Now Jesus himself uses the same words - “abundantly more” - but this time the context is “judgment”. The end result of the “desiring” and “consuming” and “for show praying” of the scribes would be “abundantly more judgment”.(Apparently, they were “consuming the houses of widows” by paying a widow a pitiless annuity in exchange for receiving her freehold house at her death.)And, having sat down over against the secure treasury, he observes in what way the people put coins into the secure treasury. Many rich people put many. The “secure treasury” was the place where coins for God and the poor were received and guarded. All coins had intrinsic value. Notes had not yet been conjured into being valuable. Nor bank balances. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=692 Fri, 22 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 37 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=691 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And one of the scribes, coming near, hearing them disputing together, and seeing that he answered them correctly, questioned him (Jesus of Nazareth, c. AD 30, Jerusalem), “Which commandment is first of all?” Within days Jesus will be crucified by the Jerusalem authorities and intelligentsia. Various groups within those ruling classes have questioned him and he has responded. The questioners seem to be unchanged. But this “scribe” (the Greek word is grammateon indicating an educated person) listening to it all, is persuaded that the answers have been correct. He really wants to have an answer to his burning question. ‘What God sends is better than what humans ask for.’ (Croatian proverb) ‘In my place condemned he stood, sealed my pardon with his blood. Hallelujah. What a saviour.’ (Philip Bliss, American composer, 1838-1876)‘Men always hate what they envy most.’ (Henry Mencken, American journalist, 1880-1956) ‘We must not only give what we have; we must give what we are.’ (D-J Mercier, Belgian pastor and writer, 1851-1926) ‘Self-love is cunning, it insinuates itself into everything, while making us believe it is not there at all.’ (Francis de Sales, writer and preacher, 1567-1622) ‘He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah, Judean prophet, c. BC 725) ‘The purpose of all prayer is to find God’s will and to make that will our prayer.’ (Catherine Marshall, author, 1914-1983) ‘Take away love and our earth is a tomb.’ (Robert Browning, British poet, 1812-1889) ‘Put away riches for yourselves in heaven… For your heart will be where your riches are.’ (From Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount) ‘Amazing love, O what sacrifice, the Son of God given for me. My debt He pays, and my death He dies, that I might live, that I might live.’ (Graham Kendrick, hymn writer) ‘I cannot tell ... how great the jubilation when all the hearts of men with love are filled…’ (William Fullerton, hymn writer, 1857-1932) ‘Here is a saying that you can trust. It should be accepted completely. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the worst sinner of all.’ (Paul writing to Timothy, c. AD 65) Jesus answered that, “The first is, ‘Hear, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love-in-action the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your life and with all your mind and with all your ability.’ Similarly, the second is this: ‘You shall love-in-action your neighbour as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=691 Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 36 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=690 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And Sadducees came to him (Jesus of Nazareth, c. AD 30, Jerusalem), who state there to be no resurrection. ‘What God sends is better than what humans ask for.’ (Croatian proverb) ‘In my place condemned he stood, sealed my pardon with his blood. Hallelujah. What a saviour.’ (Philip Bliss, American composer, 1838-1876)‘Men always hate what they envy most.’ (Henry Mencken, American journalist, 1880-1956) ‘We must not only give what we have; we must give what we are.’ (D-J Mercier, Belgian pastor and writer, 1851-1926) ‘Self-love is cunning, it insinuates itself into everything, while making us believe it is not there at all.’ (Francis de Sales, writer and preacher, 1567-1622) ‘He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah, Judean prophet, c. BC 725) ‘The purpose of all prayer is to find God’s will and to make that will our prayer.’ (Catherine Marshall, author, 1914-1983) ‘Take away love and our earth is a tomb.’ (Robert Browning, British poet, 1812-1889) ‘Put away riches for yourselves in heaven… For your heart will be where your riches are.’ (From Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount) ‘Amazing love, O what sacrifice, the Son of God given for me. My debt He pays, and my death He dies, that I might live, that I might live.’ (Graham Kendrick, hymn writer) ‘I cannot tell ... how great the jubilation when all the hearts of men with love are filled…’ (William Fullerton, hymn writer, 1857-1932) ‘Here is a saying that you can trust. It should be accepted completely. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the worst sinner of all.’ (Paul writing to Timothy, c. AD 65) ‘He who has a firm will moulds the world to himself.’ (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and statesman, 1749-1832) ‘Do you hate to be deceived? Then never deceive another.’ (John Chrysostom, Christian speaker, 347-307) These are the final few days before Jesus is crucified. He has walked about 50 miles to Jerusalem for that very purpose. He begins to make everything very plain to all in Jerusalem.First (page 32), he empties the Temple of buyers, sellers and others, whose sole purpose in life was getting for themselves – profiting from others. He says that they are a den of thieves – thieving from others – and doing it all in God’s house which was to have been the place where people could pray, could meet with and be blessed by the living God. First problem: loving self.Second (page 33), when questioned by the authorities about his authority for this upheaval, he shows that those authorities never responded truthfully to God’s message of repentance through John the Baptist. There was no point in him responding truthfully to their question. Second problem: no sorrowing.Third (page 34), he does respond to their question through a parallel – the story of the vineyard, its creator/owner and its husbandmen. The owner, from afar, sought fruit. His servants were abused and killed. Eventually he sent his son. The husbandmen killed him as well so as to enjoy the owner’s vineyard without regard to its original owner/creator. The owner will come and give the vineyard to others who will be fruitful. Third problem: eliminating God. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=690 Fri, 08 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 35 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=689 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret And they (the Jerusalem authorities, c. AD 30) sent out to him (Jesus of Nazareth) some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, so that they might entrap him in word. There are the final few days before Jesus’ execution on the cross. He has come to Jerusalem so that this will take place. His purpose is now to bring into the light the truth about the religious and political authorities there, knowing that this will provoke them to kill him.He has just made clear to them – admittedly using a parallel story - that they are fulfilling their own Scriptures by having decided already to kill him. So, temporarily defeated but unwilling to capitulate they attempt entrapment.And, coming to him, they stated, “Teacher, we have perceived that you are true and it is not any concern of yours about anyone else. For you do not look at the face of human beings but teach in truth the way of God. Is it permitted to give a poll tax to Caesar, or not? Should we give, or should we not give?” ‘What God sends is better than what humans ask for.’ (Croatian proverb) ‘In my place condemned he stood, sealed my pardon with his blood. Hallelujah. What a saviour.’ (Philip Bliss, American composer, 1838-1876)‘Men always hate what they envy most.’ (Henry Mencken, American journalist, 1880-1956) ‘We must not only give what we have; we must give what we are.’ (D-J Mercier, Belgian pastor and writer, 1851-1926) ‘Self-love is cunning, it insinuates itself into everything, while making us believe it is not there at all.’ (Francis de Sales, writer and preacher, 1567-1622) ‘He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah, Judean prophet, c. BC 725) ‘The purpose of all prayer is to find God’s will and to make that will our prayer.’ (Catherine Marshall, author, 1914-1983) ‘Take away love and our earth is a tomb.’ (Robert Browning, British poet, 1812-1889) ‘Put away riches for yourselves in heaven… For your heart will be where your riches are.’ (From Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount) ‘Amazing love, O what sacrifice, the Son of God given for me. My debt He pays, and my death He dies, that I might live, that I might live.’ (Graham Kendrick, hymn writer) ‘I cannot tell ... how great the jubilation when all the hearts of men with love are filled…’ (William Fullerton, hymn writer, 1857-1932) ‘Here is a saying that you can trust. It should be accepted completely. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the worst sinner of all.’ (Paul writing to Timothy, c. AD 65) ‘He who has a firm will moulds the world to himself.’ (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and statesman, 1749-1832) ‘Do you hate to be deceived? Then never deceive another.’ (John Chrysostom, Christian speaker, 347-307) ‘Flattery is praise insincerely given for an interested purpose.’ (Henry Ward Beecher, preacher and social reformer, 1813-1887) ‘Most of us do not like to look inside ourselves for the same reason we don’t like to open a letter that contains bad news.’ (Fulton J Sheen, tv and radio preacher, 1895-1979) The Pharisees were known to be strong on religious observance and Jewish nationalism. The Herodians were supporters of King Herod, the puppet of Rome (Jerusalem and the whole area was part of the Roman Empire) who, although an Idumean, obtained the majority support of the Jewish people.These men at heart were anti-Rome. Could they entrap Jesus into a public statement against Rome which would bring about his arrest for insurgency? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=689 Fri, 01 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT