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, 18 Jun 2019 08:46:04 EDT Mark’s first-century biography – page 1 http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=646 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In other words, the title Mark gave to his book was: Jesus Christ, Son of God, the beginning of good news. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Books written by the prophets Malachi and Isaiah were being read throughout that time in synagogues in Israel. Malachi had written (c. BC 450): “You have wearied the LORD with your words. But you say, `How have we wearied him?` By saying, `Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them.’ Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?’ Malachi’s BC 450 message from the LORD God was: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.” Isaiah’s exact BC 740 words were: “A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” It seems that people in Malachi’s day and place were similar to us. They wanted to be convinced that despite the evil they were doing or planning, they themselves were good in God’s sight. `Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them.’ What evil thing am I doing and then saying “God says I’m good”?If that argument wasn’t enough BC 450, there was another, “Where is the God of justice?” This just God you believe in - where is he when he’s allowing so much injustice by others? Therefore, a little injustice by me won’t have any consequences. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=646 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EDT What is a chiasmus? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=645 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (A) Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I direct my prayer to you and watch. (B) For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. (C) But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you. Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. (B1) For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you. (A1) But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield. Psalm 5: 1-12 Malachi’s BC 450 message from the LORD God was: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.” Isaiah’s exact BC 740 words were: “A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”‘You are coming to a King/ Large petitions with you bring/ For his grace and power are such/ None can ever ask too much.’ (John Newton, writer of “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…”, former slave trader, 1725-1807) ‘Only by grace can we enter/ Only by grace can we stand/ Not by our human endeavour/ But by the blood of the Lamb/ Into Your presence You call us/ You call us to come/ Into Your presence You draw us/ And now by Your grace we come/ Now by Your grace we come/ Lord if You mark our transgressions/ Who would stand/ Thanks to Your grace we are cleansed/ By the blood of the Lamb ’ (Graham Kendrick, songwriter) A chiasmus is a rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order. The psalm above is a good example of that literary arrangement. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=645 Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EDT They were offended by him… http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=644 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret He [Jesus, c. AD 30] went away from there and came to his own country. His disciples followed him and on the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were astonished, stating, “Where from? This man? These things? And what? The wisdom given to this man? The achievements done by his own hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not his sisters here with us?” And they were offended by him. Jesus stated to them, “A prophet is not without value, except in his own country and among his own people and in his own home.” He could not achieve the doing there of any such achievement, except that he placed his hands upon lowly ones and strengthless ones and healed them. He was amazed at their own unbelief and he was circling around among the villages teaching. Mark 6: 1-62 Malachi’s BC 450 message from the LORD God was: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.” Isaiah’s exact BC 740 words were: “A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”‘You are coming to a King/ Large petitions with you bring/ For his grace and power are such/ None can ever ask too much.’ (John Newton, writer of “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…”, former slave trader, 1725-1807) ‘Only by grace can we enter/ Only by grace can we stand/ Not by our human endeavour/ But by the blood of the Lamb/ Into Your presence You call us/ You call us to come/ Into Your presence You draw us/ And now by Your grace we come/ Now by Your grace we come/ Lord if You mark our transgressions/ Who would stand/ Thanks to Your grace we are cleansed/ By the blood of the Lamb ’ (Graham Kendrick, songwriter) He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God….’ (John, writing c. AD 90) Many Jersey residents will be aware of one “macro” fact about their present Island home. This is the fact that Jersey residents are divided into two main categories – long-standing Jersey families (“locals”) and more recent immigrants (“new” or “newish”).To be fair, this division has been the case through the centuries and across the world. In Britain it’s as noticeable as it is in Jersey. It played a major background part in the Brexit decision.Many of Jersey’s politicians are “locals”; most of its senior civil servants are “new” or “newish”. Traditional Jersey industries are often owned by “locals”; financial services businesses here are owned largely by absentee corporations and directed often by “new”. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=644 Fri, 31 May 2019 00:00:00 EDT Heaven without telling others? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=643 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret A woman from Samaria came to draw water [c. AD 28, at Sychar’s well at midday]. … Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” … “The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” … “Go, call your husband, and come here.” … “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” … “I who speak to you am he [the Christ, the Messiah].” … Just then his disciples came back. … … So, the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ [the Messiah]?” They went out of the town and were coming to him. Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” … “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. … Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. …” Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” So, when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world.” John 4:7–42 Malachi’s BC 450 message from the LORD God was: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.” Isaiah’s exact BC 740 words were: “A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”‘You are coming to a King/ Large petitions with you bring/ For his grace and power are such/ None can ever ask too much.’ (John Newton, writer of “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…”, former slave trader, 1725-1807) ‘Only by grace can we enter/ Only by grace can we stand/ Not by our human endeavour/ But by the blood of the Lamb/ Into Your presence You call us/ You call us to come/ Into Your presence You draw us/ And now by Your grace we come/ Now by Your grace we come/ Lord if You mark our transgressions/ Who would stand/ Thanks to Your grace we are cleansed/ By the blood of the Lamb ’ (Graham Kendrick, songwriter) He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God….’ (John, writing c. AD 90) ‘He who made man was made man.’ (Anon.) ‘Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah, because he said so. The other evidence about him has convinced them that he was neither a lunatic nor a quack.’ (C S Lewis, writer, 1898-1963) The woman who is the subject of the report in bold above could be anyone. The report was written around AD 90 by John, a disciple of Jesus, in his old age when looking back on his life.The woman’s attention was gradually being drawn to the gift of “living water” which she was able to ask for – and receive – from the man who had just asked her for a drink. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=643 Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 EDT Heaven through self-interest? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=642 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus answered her [c. AD 28, an unnamed woman at Sychar’s well in Samaria at mid-day], “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, …(A)” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, …(B)” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I ...(C)” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” The woman said to him, “Sir, …(D)” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. … But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:10–24 Malachi’s BC 450 message from the LORD God was: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.” Isaiah’s exact BC 740 words were: “A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”‘You are coming to a King/ Large petitions with you bring/ For his grace and power are such/ None can ever ask too much.’ (John Newton, writer of “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…”, former slave trader, 1725-1807) ‘Only by grace can we enter/ Only by grace can we stand/ Not by our human endeavour/ But by the blood of the Lamb/ Into Your presence You call us/ You call us to come/ Into Your presence You draw us/ And now by Your grace we come/ Now by Your grace we come/ Lord if You mark our transgressions/ Who would stand/ Thanks to Your grace we are cleansed/ By the blood of the Lamb ’ (Graham Kendrick, songwriter) He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God….’ (John, writing c. AD 90) ‘He who made man was made man.’ (Anon.) ‘Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah, because he said so. The other evidence about him has convinced them that he was neither a lunatic nor a quack.’ (C S Lewis, writer, 1898-1963) ‘Religion is a human being’s search for God, but Christianity is God’s search for a human being.’ (Anon.) ‘Frankly, I would rather have no religion at all than to have just enough to deceive me.’ (A W Tozer, pastor and author, 1897-1963) The woman who is the subject of the report in bold above could be anyone. The report was written around AD 90 by John, a disciple of Jesus, in his old age when looking back on his life.Her attention was gradually being drawn to the gift of “living water” which she was able to ask for – and receive – from the man who had just asked her for a drink. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=642 Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 EDT Wartime's violent storms http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=641 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret On that day, when evening had come into being, he stated to them, “Let us go across – to beyond.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great violent attack of wind came into being, and the waves were breaking into the boat, with the boat almost filled full. But he was in the stern, asleep on the master’s bench. And they woke him and stated to him, “Teacher, do you yourself not care that we are perishing?” Awaking, he overpowered the wind and said to the sea, “Silence! Be quiet!” And the wind ceased, and a great calm came into being. He said to them, “Why are you all so timid? Do you not yet have faith?” And they were fearful with great fear and stated to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea hear him?” Mark 4: 35-41 Malachi’s BC 450 message from the LORD God was: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.” Isaiah’s exact BC 740 words were: “A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”‘You are coming to a King/ Large petitions with you bring/ For his grace and power are such/ None can ever ask too much.’ (John Newton, writer of “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…”, former slave trader, 1725-1807) ‘Only by grace can we enter/ Only by grace can we stand/ Not by our human endeavour/ But by the blood of the Lamb/ Into Your presence You call us/ You call us to come/ Into Your presence You draw us/ And now by Your grace we come/ Now by Your grace we come/ Lord if You mark our transgressions/ Who would stand/ Thanks to Your grace we are cleansed/ By the blood of the Lamb ’ (Graham Kendrick, songwriter) He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God….’ (John, writing c. AD 90) ‘He who made man was made man.’ (Anon.) ‘Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah, because he said so. The other evidence about him has convinced them that he was neither a lunatic nor a quack.’ (C S Lewis, writer, 1898-1963) ‘Religion is a human being’s search for God, but Christianity is God’s search for a human being.’ (Anon.) ‘Frankly, I would rather have no religion at all than to have just enough to deceive me.’ (A W Tozer, pastor and author, 1897-1963) ‘I believe in the sun/ Even when it's not shining/ I believe in love/ Even when I feel it not/ I believe in God/ Even when he is silent.’ (Words found on the walls of a Concentration Camp in 1945) ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.’ (Jesus Christ to Nicodemus, a Jewish leader, c. AD 28) On 16 July 1941, a young Ukrainian soldier, an unmarried school teacher named Bokejon Akram, was defending his country against German attack. In 2 hours at that place 12,000 of his colleagues died. His division surrendered but, with nine others, he decided to escape and hide. At a fork in the road three went one way, six the other. The Germans discovered the six and they were shot.The three were sheltered – Bokejon by a peasant woman. And for a while Bokejon integrated into his own Ukrainian society again – but, as with Jersey, the Ukraine was under German Occupation. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=641 Fri, 10 May 2019 00:00:00 EDT Don’t judge. Instead … http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=640 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Now … Jesus … left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” John 4:1–12 Malachi’s BC 450 message from the LORD God was: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.” Isaiah’s exact BC 740 words were: “A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”‘You are coming to a King/ Large petitions with you bring/ For his grace and power are such/ None can ever ask too much.’ (John Newton, writer of “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…”, former slave trader, 1725-1807) ‘Only by grace can we enter/ Only by grace can we stand/ Not by our human endeavour/ But by the blood of the Lamb/ Into Your presence You call us/ You call us to come/ Into Your presence You draw us/ And now by Your grace we come/ Now by Your grace we come/ Lord if You mark our transgressions/ Who would stand/ Thanks to Your grace we are cleansed/ By the blood of the Lamb ’ (Graham Kendrick, songwriter) He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God….’ (John, writing c. AD 90) ‘He who made man was made man.’ (Anon.) ‘Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah, because he said so. The other evidence about him has convinced them that he was neither a lunatic nor a quack.’ (C S Lewis, writer, 1898-1963) ‘Religion is a human being’s search for God, but Christianity is God’s search for a human being.’ (Anon.) ‘Frankly, I would rather have no religion at all than to have just enough to deceive me.’ (A W Tozer, pastor and author, 1897-1963) ‘I believe in the sun/ Even when it's not shining/ I believe in love/ Even when I feel it not/ I believe in God/ Even when he is silent.’ (Words found on the walls of a Concentration Camp in 1945) ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.’ (Jesus Christ to Nicodemus, a Jewish leader, c. AD 28) ‘Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.’ (Jesus Christ c. AD 29) ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’ (Jesus Christ c. AD 28) The word “news” indicates unambiguously that what one is about to see, hear or read is “new”. But do you find that news often repeats itself? Sometimes ad nauseam? One of these regular repeats is stuff about religious people and their decisions about others. These news reports sometimes detail how someone religious is judging a person’s conduct to be sinful. But the thrust of the report is intended to be a criticism of the religious person and not of the conduct. At other times the news reports describe how a religious person has made it known that a particular person’s conduct is not sinful at all and all such conduct should be praised. Carry on with it. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=640 Fri, 03 May 2019 00:00:00 EDT predestination http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=639 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury! Against a godless nation I send him, and against the people of my wrath I command him, to take spoil and seize plunder, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. But he does not so intend, and his heart does not so think; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few; for he says: “Are not my commanders all kings? Is not Calno like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad? Is not Samaria like Damascus? As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols, whose carved images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria, shall I not do to Jerusalem and her idols as I have done to Samaria and her images?” When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes. Isaiah 10:5–12 Malachi’s BC 450 message from the LORD God was: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.” Isaiah’s exact BC 740 words were: “A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”‘You are coming to a King/ Large petitions with you bring/ For his grace and power are such/ None can ever ask too much.’ (John Newton, writer of “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…”, former slave trader, 1725-1807) ‘Only by grace can we enter/ Only by grace can we stand/ Not by our human endeavour/ But by the blood of the Lamb/ Into Your presence You call us/ You call us to come/ Into Your presence You draw us/ And now by Your grace we come/ Now by Your grace we come/ Lord if You mark our transgressions/ Who would stand/ Thanks to Your grace we are cleansed/ By the blood of the Lamb ’ (Graham Kendrick, songwriter) He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God….’ (John, writing c. AD 90) ‘He who made man was made man.’ (Anon.) ‘Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah, because he said so. The other evidence about him has convinced them that he was neither a lunatic nor a quack.’ (C S Lewis, writer, 1898-1963) ‘Religion is a human being’s search for God, but Christianity is God’s search for a human being.’ (Anon.) ‘Frankly, I would rather have no religion at all than to have just enough to deceive me.’ (A W Tozer, pastor and author, 1897-1963) ‘I believe in the sun/ Even when it's not shining/ I believe in love/ Even when I feel it not/ I believe in God/ Even when he is silent.’ (Words found on the walls of a Concentration Camp in 1945) ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.’ (Jesus Christ to Nicodemus, a Jewish leader, c. AD 28) ‘Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.’ (Jesus Christ c. AD 29) ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’ (Jesus Christ c. AD 28)‘Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come.’ (Jesus Christ, c.AD 29) ‘The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is given away.’ (Jesus Christ AD 30) This subject – predestination – has troubled human beings from the beginning. On the one hand, there appears to be an inevitableness about our lives and about what we come to believe. On the other hand, each individual does truly make many decisions between two or more courses of action in seemingly unrestrained, autonomous ways. Take a look at the extract in bold above from the national archives of Israel – of the Jews – preserved over the centuries before Jesus came and now incorporated into the Old Testament section of Christian Bibles. The extract describes a precise time immediately before 701BC when Jerusalem, the capital city of a tiny nation was besieged by Sennacherib, the leader of the mighty and ferocious Neo-Assyrian Empire. What is most interesting is that these words are the words of the LORD God told to and recorded by his prophet Isaiah who lived in Jerusalem at the time. The LORD God is forecasting “woe” – sorrow – to Assyria although Assyria is doing what the LORD God wants it to do, which is to show his anger towards “his people”. The LORD God states that his “fury” is the “staff” (the rod, as it were) in the hands of Assyria. He has sent Assyria against a “godless nation”. He has commanded Assyria to “take spoil and seize plunder”. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=639 Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 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 Malachi’s BC 450 message from the LORD God was: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.” Isaiah’s exact BC 740 words were: “A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”‘You are coming to a King/ Large petitions with you bring/ For his grace and power are such/ None can ever ask too much.’ (John Newton, writer of “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…”, former slave trader, 1725-1807) ‘Only by grace can we enter/ Only by grace can we stand/ Not by our human endeavour/ But by the blood of the Lamb/ Into Your presence You call us/ You call us to come/ Into Your presence You draw us/ And now by Your grace we come/ Now by Your grace we come/ Lord if You mark our transgressions/ Who would stand/ Thanks to Your grace we are cleansed/ By the blood of the Lamb ’ (Graham Kendrick, songwriter) He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God….’ (John, writing c. AD 90) ‘He who made man was made man.’ (Anon.) ‘Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah, because he said so. The other evidence about him has convinced them that he was neither a lunatic nor a quack.’ (C S Lewis, writer, 1898-1963) ‘Religion is a human being’s search for God, but Christianity is God’s search for a human being.’ (Anon.) ‘Frankly, I would rather have no religion at all than to have just enough to deceive me.’ (A W Tozer, pastor and author, 1897-1963) ‘I believe in the sun/ Even when it's not shining/ I believe in love/ Even when I feel it not/ I believe in God/ Even when he is silent.’ (Words found on the walls of a Concentration Camp in 1945) ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.’ (Jesus Christ to Nicodemus, a Jewish leader, c. AD 28) ‘Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.’ (Jesus Christ c. AD 29) ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’ (Jesus Christ c. AD 28)‘Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come.’ (Jesus Christ, c.AD 29) ‘The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is given away.’ (Jesus Christ AD 30) 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 Malachi’s BC 450 message from the LORD God was: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.” Isaiah’s exact BC 740 words were: “A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”‘You are coming to a King/ Large petitions with you bring/ For his grace and power are such/ None can ever ask too much.’ (John Newton, writer of “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…”, former slave trader, 1725-1807) ‘Only by grace can we enter/ Only by grace can we stand/ Not by our human endeavour/ But by the blood of the Lamb/ Into Your presence You call us/ You call us to come/ Into Your presence You draw us/ And now by Your grace we come/ Now by Your grace we come/ Lord if You mark our transgressions/ Who would stand/ Thanks to Your grace we are cleansed/ By the blood of the Lamb ’ (Graham Kendrick, songwriter) He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God….’ (John, writing c. AD 90) ‘He who made man was made man.’ (Anon.) ‘Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah, because he said so. The other evidence about him has convinced them that he was neither a lunatic nor a quack.’ (C S Lewis, writer, 1898-1963) ‘Religion is a human being’s search for God, but Christianity is God’s search for a human being.’ (Anon.) ‘Frankly, I would rather have no religion at all than to have just enough to deceive me.’ (A W Tozer, pastor and author, 1897-1963) ‘I believe in the sun/ Even when it's not shining/ I believe in love/ Even when I feel it not/ I believe in God/ Even when he is silent.’ (Words found on the walls of a Concentration Camp in 1945) ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.’ (Jesus Christ to Nicodemus, a Jewish leader, c. AD 28) ‘Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.’ (Jesus Christ c. AD 29) ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’ (Jesus Christ c. AD 28)‘Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come.’ (Jesus Christ, c.AD 29) ‘The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is given away.’ (Jesus Christ AD 30) ‘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