THE Trinity in Jersey 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 Sun, 05 Dec 2021 11:44:06 EST John61 – Mary Magdalene turns into an angel Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret In fact the first of the sabbaths, Mary Magdalene comes into the tomb early, being still darkness, and sees the stone taken from the tomb. So she runs and comes to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved-in-friendship and states to them, “They took the Lord from the tomb and we do not discern where they have set him down!” (John 20: 1) . . In John’s first-century eye-witness biography of Jesus it’s AD30. Jesus had earlier been condemned and crucified and his body embalmed and buried on the day immediately preceding the sabbath day and at Passover time.In John’s biography this is the first specific mention of Mary Magdalene. John does not specifically link Mary Magdalene with the Mary in John38 in this series That Mary, having “a pound of ointment of very valuable genuine nard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped dry his feet with her hair.” However Mary Magdalene is at the tomb before dawn. Seeing the stone taken from the tomb entrance she assumes the worst and runs back to two of the disciples. So Peter and the other disciple came out and were coming into the tomb. In fact the two were running together and the other disciple quickly outran Peter and came first into the tomb. And bending over, he sees the linen-cloths lying. However, he did not come in. So Simon Peter also came, following him, and he came in into the tomb and observes the linen-cloths laid, and the napkin that was upon his head not laid with the linen-cloths, but having been enfolded separately into one place. So then the other disciple that came into the tomb first also came inside, and he saw and he believed; because they had not as yet discerned the scripture that it is imperative to him to rise up from the dead. Fri, 03 Dec 2021 00:00:00 EST John60 – the first true sabbath Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So the Judeans, since it was a preparation-day, in order that the bodies might not stay upon the cross in the sabbath (because that very sabbath was a great day), asked Pilate in order that their legs might be broken and they might be taken. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. In fact coming upon Jesus, when they saw him already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and blood and water came out immediately. (John 19: 31) . .. . In John’s first-century eye-witness biography of Jesus it’s AD30 and we’ve now passed the hour on that Passover day when, on that Roman cross, Jesus said, “It is accomplished” and, bowing his head, gave over his spirit. However, that day was not only a Passover day, it was also a preparation-day for a sabbath – in fact a preparation-day for one of the “great” sabbaths. The word “sabbath” comes from a root word meaning “cessation” and “rest”. Understandably, the Jerusalem religious authorities did not want the bodies of the three criminals hanging around during a great sabbath. The bodies were under the authority of Pilate and he alone had authority to take them.Pilate’s soldiers were given the task of ensuring all three were dead. The legs of two were broken but, Jesus already being dead, they instead pierced his side with a spear. Out came blood and water. And the one having discerned has testified, and his testimony is true, and that one discerns that he states true, in order that you also may believe, because these things came to be so that the scripture may be fulfilled: “Not a bone of his will be broken.” And again another scripture says, “They will discern into the one whom they had pierced.” Fri, 26 Nov 2021 00:00:00 EST John59 – the fulcrum of human history Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So they took Jesus and, lifting himself the cross, he came out into the stated ‘cranium place’, which is stated “Golgotha” in Hebrew, where they crucified him and, with him, two others from here and from here - in the middle in fact Jesus. (John 19: 16) . .. .. . In the biography of Jesus of Nazareth written by John, a first-century AD eye-witness of these things, it is the first Good Friday and it is AD 30. The place of crucifixion is called both ‘head-place’ and ‘skull place’ (‘Golgotha’). It’s the only place on earth where death and life become interchangeable. And Jesus is in there in the middle of death so as to give life to others “from here” dying….Also in fact Pilate wrote a notice and set it down upon the cross. In fact it was written, “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Judeans.” So many of the Judeans read this notice in that the place where Jesus was crucified was near the town and it was written in Hebrew, in Roman, in Greek. So the chief priests of the Judeans stated to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The king of the Judeans,’ but, ‘This one said, a king of the Judeans I am.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” This strife between Pilate and the chief priests over the Advertisement affixed to the cross seems to set out the life-and-death issue. Was he the king of the Judeans? Or was he just another claimant to that throne? Pilate seems to have been convinced of the truth of what he had written. If so, he may live. Fri, 19 Nov 2021 00:00:00 EST John58 – the greatest evil was the highest good Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So then Pilate received and flogged Jesus. The soldiers also wove and placed upon his head a crown of thorns, and put around him a purple cloth, and were coming towards him and were stating, “Rejoice, king of the Judeans!” and were giving him slaps. (John 19: 1) . .. .. .. . In John’s eye-witness biography of Jesus, he has been brought before Pilate, the Roman supremo in Jerusalem AD 30. Pilate has already found him totally innocent. When that is rejected by Jesus’ accusers, Pilate proposes Plan B: the release of Jesus as part of the annual Passover tradition. No. Barabbas the robber, please. Pilate turns to Plan C. It necessitates flogging? Why?And Pilate came out outside again and stated to them, “Look and see, I bring him outside to you, in order that you may know that I find not one fault in him.” So Jesus came outside wearing the thorny crown and the purple cloth, and he states to them, “Look and see the man!” Pilate hopes for pity to be shown towards Jesus, the flogged man. The soldiers had portrayed eternal divine truth in thorny crown and scarlet robe. They ordered Jesus to “Rejoice” because he was “King of the Jews”. He did rejoice. By their rejection of him he would achieve their (possible)salvation. So when they saw him, the chief priests and the officials shouted, stating, “Crucify! Crucify!” Pilate states to them, “You yourselves receive and crucify him because I myself do not find fault in him.” Pilate’s Plan C didn’t work. Plan D is to let Jesus’ opponents get on with it.The Judeans answered him, “We ourselves have a law, and with respect to the law he owes to die, in that he made himself Son of God!” Fri, 12 Nov 2021 00:00:00 EST John57 – the hated out-of-this-world king Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So they brought Jesus away from Caiaphas into government-house. In fact it was early, and they themselves did not come in into government-house in order that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. (John 18: 28) . .. .. .. .. . In John’s eye-witness biography of Jesus, it’s the night before his crucifixion on Passover day AD 30. He must appear before Pilate the Roman supremo.But who exactly are the “they” in the above record? It seems (see below) that “the Jews” (literally “the [AD30] Judeans”) alone comprise the “they”. All of them are scrupulous about maintaining their own purity for the Passover meal that evening. They will be defiled if they enter “government-house” – but will remain defilement-free even if they procure Jesus’ execution as a criminal. So Pilate came out to them outside and announced, “What accusation are you bringing with respect to this man?” They answered and said to him, “If this man was not doing wrong, we would not have given him over to you.” “They” ask Pilate to accept – without any proof or any investigation by him – their own verdict that Jesus deserves a criminal’s punitive death.So Pilate said to them, “You receive him and you judge him with respect to your law!” The Judeans said to him, “It is lawful for us to kill no one,” in order that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled that he said, signposting what kind of death he was about to die. Pilate’s response is that, if he has no role, they had better get on with it all by themselves alone. This prompts the disclosure that they want Pilate to kill him by the standard Roman method of the day – crucifixion – because they can’t. Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 EDT John56 – force and forces Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So the cohort and the chief-over-a-thousand and the officials of the Judeans took over Jesus and tied him up, and brought him first to Annas, because he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was chief priest that same year. In fact it was Caiaphas who advised the Judeans that it profits one man to die on behalf of the laypeople. (John 18: 12) . .. .. .. .. .. . In John’s eye-witness first century AD biography of Jesus we’ve reached the early-morning, pre-dawn garden of Gethsemane at Passover (Easter) AD 30. The parties participating in the arrest of Jesus take him to Annas, a former chief priest, whose son-in-law now had that position. A hint of nepotism?We’ve already met Caiaphas – John37 in this series. This highly-rational man had gladly pointed out to his colleagues what he had seen but they had not: “It profits you that one man may die on behalf of the people, and that the complete nation may not self-destroy.” Little did Caiaphas know that his words were transcendingly true – Jesus died in the place of those who would come to him for forgiveness and adoption into his eternal family.In fact Simon Peter followed Jesus - also another disciple. That disciple was in fact known to the chief priest, and entered together with Jesus into the fold of the chief priest. In fact Peter had stood at the door outside. So that other disciple, the one known to the chief priest, came out and said to the doorkeeper and brought in Peter. This simultaneous event shows two of Jesus’ disciples watching what is going to happen to him. One is already ‘in’ with the authorities; he brings ‘in’ the other one, Simon Peter. But being ‘in’ has its price. Simon Peter won’t pay it. Fri, 29 Oct 2021 00:00:00 EDT John55 – Democracy wins Bible Jesus Christ Jesus, having said these things, came out with his disciples beyond the winter-flowing-torrent of the Kidron, where there is a garden into which he himself and his disciples came in. (John 18: 1) . .. .. .. .. .. .. . We’re entering the closing pages of John’s eye-witness biography of Jesus, written around AD 90. The year is AD 30, the place Jerusalem. It’s Jewish “Passover” time (now “Easter”) when they celebrated the anniversary of the release from slavery in Egypt of their ancestors around BC 1350. This included the crossing of the Red Sea.The words above show that John was recalling that parallel Passover event. Jesus brings himself and his disciples “beyond the winter-flowing-torrent of the Kidron” (Kidron, translated, means ‘dark’) and into “a garden”. A reminder of the long-lost Garden of Eden? Is that the plan? In fact Judas also, the one giving him over, had discerned the place, because Jesus often gathered there with his disciples. So Judas, receiving the cohort and, from the chief priests and from the Pharisees, officials, is coming there with torches and oil-lamps and implements. Judas, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples and the one who gave him over to death, knew “the place” – knew this earthly “garden”. He (and his company) had other ideas about who was to be in charge of this “garden”. The Roman authority has given him a “cohort” (usually 600 soldiers). The religious “chief priests” and political “Pharisees” had backed him with a company of their own “officials”. A majority party in the garden that night.Judas and those behind him also had other ideas about securing their future “garden”. It would not contain Jesus. It would be achieved “with torches and oil lamps and implements”.Humankind without Jesus needs light and power. Fri, 22 Oct 2021 00:00:00 EDT Screwtape slithers again (5) Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus went off to the Sea of Galilee with his disciples. A large crowd from Galilee followed. People heard about all that Jesus was doing. And many came to him. They came from Judea, Jerusalem, and Idumea. They came from the lands east of the Jordan River. And they came from the area around Tyre and Sidon. Because of the crowd, Jesus told his disciples to get a small boat ready for him. This would keep the people from crowding him. Jesus had healed many people. So those who were sick were pushing forward to touch him. When people with evil spirits saw him, they fell down in front of him. The spirits shouted, “You are the Son of God!” But Jesus ordered them not to tell who he was. (Mark 3: 7) . .. .. .. .. .. .. .‘Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.’ (C S Lewis, Oxford Professor, The Screwtape Letters, 1942) ‘Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.’ (“Screwtape” in The Screwtape Letters, 1942) Screwtape’s nephew is a junior demon being trained by his uncle Screwtape, a senior demon. Both were the creation of C S Lewis in a 1942 paperback. Today Screwtape’s nephew is distraught. The people he is keeping away from Jesus have been reading the above incident Mark’s first-century biography of Jesus. Now, as you can see, the life of Jesus, as described in that book, has become personal to him. Screwtape gives his advice. Pull yourself together, nephew. Yes, this Jesus, our great enemy, has triumphed over our rebellion against him. Yes, he is in command of us. But no. Neither your final time nor mine has yet come. We have work to do - work to keep in captivity as many people as we can as long as we can. Pull yourself together. You mustn’t value your own skin as much as I can see you do. Fri, 15 Oct 2021 00:00:00 EDT Screwtape slithers again (4) Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Some people came to Jesus. They said to him, “John’s disciples are fasting. The disciples of the Pharisees are also fasting. But your disciples are not. Why aren’t they?” (Mark 2: 18) . .. .. .. .. .. .. .‘Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.’ (C S Lewis, Oxford Professor, The Screwtape Letters, 1942) ‘Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.’ (“Screwtape” in The Screwtape Letters, 1942)‘Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.’ (C S Lewis, Oxford Professor, The Screwtape Letters, 1942) ‘It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.’ (“Screwtape” in The Screwtape Letters, 1942) Screwtape, a senior demon, continues to advise his nephew, a junior demon on how to keep people away from Jesus Christ. Screwtape began in 1942, the creation of C S Lewis, at that time an Oxford University Professor.Today Screwtape has important advice. My dear nephew, I gather from our earlier email exchanges that the people you’re devoting your life to influencing away from Jesus are to read the third page of Mark’s biography of him. You need to be well prepared. This is what they may read – assuming, as I very much regret, that you will have failed to stop them. Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the groom go without eating while he is with them? They will not fast as long as he is with them. But the time will come when the groom will be taken away from them. On that day they will go without eating.” You and I, dear nephew, know only too well what this means. The bridegroom was there. This terrible thing for us was only the start of our downfall. What you must do, my dear nephew, is to get those you’re watching over to argue about fasting or about religion or about church. Fri, 08 Oct 2021 00:00:00 EDT Screwtape slithers again (3) Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret The people heard that Jesus had come home. So many people gathered that there was not even room outside the door. Jesus preached the word to them. Four of those who came were carrying a man who could not walk. But they could not get him close to Jesus because of the crowd. So they made a hole in the roof above Jesus. Then they lowered the man through it on a mat. Jesus saw their faith. So he said to the man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2: 1) . .. .. .. .. .. .. .‘Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.’ (C S Lewis, Oxford Professor, The Screwtape Letters, 1942) ‘Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.’ (“Screwtape” in The Screwtape Letters, 1942)‘Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.’ (C S Lewis, Oxford Professor, The Screwtape Letters, 1942) ‘It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.’ (“Screwtape” in The Screwtape Letters, 1942)‘Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.’ (C S Lewis, Oxford Professor, The Screwtape Letters, 1942) ‘The safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.’ (“Screwtape” in The Screwtape Letters, 1942) You may remember Screwtape from earlier Infos for Islanders. This senior demon wrote letters to his nephew, a junior demon, to train him in the art of keeping people away from Jesus Christ. Screwtape was created by an Oxford University professor in a 1942 book. Today it is his nephew who is writing to Screwtape. I’m terribly concerned, Screwtape sir, about some people I know who are reading Mark’s biography of Jesus. They’ve come to the part where they will read the words in red in bold above. What on earth, uncle Screwtape sir, do I tell them? The law teachers were there. They made it clear that only the LORD God Most High can forgive sins. Jesus didn’t deny that. He went straight on totally to cure the paralysed man. There and then.Screwtape replied. My dear nephew, first of all you must avoid these readers finding out who Jesus really is. Fortunately, today folk desperately want to believe that there is no God. Whisper to them these words - Richard Dawkins, the God Delusion. Emphasise the word “delusion”. Fri, 01 Oct 2021 00:00:00 EDT