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 Fri, 01 Jul 2022 15:33:19 EDT ‘Let’s annihilate him’ Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret The Judeans answered him (Jesus, c. AD 30, The Jerusalem Temple), “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” (John 8: 48-59) . . Let’s look into the argument behind this accusation. Months earlier the Judeans had decided to annihilate Jesus – rather like many Jersey folk have decided, at present, to exclude Jesus from their lives. At this stage in their opposition to him they have publicly denied that it is their plan to annihilate him. He has responded by quietly stating that they are following their invisible destroyer “father” in one particular regard. This is that they are not willing or able to hear the clear messages of God. Who then was Jesus saying was the “father” of those intending to annihilate him?Back in their national and family archives of the Judeans was a Book titled “Genesis” (“Beginning”). It’s now also the first book in Christian Bibles as well. In it is the record of the decision of Adam and Eve to reject the word of God. They were prompted to do this by a deceitful message, delivered to them through a serpent. The message was not only destructive of Adam and Eve; it was also intended to destroy the whole human race. This invisible destroyer “father”, as recorded in that oldest book in the world, was determined to destroy human beings because human beings were the greatest and most wonderful creation of the LORD God. That “father” was a human-slayer from the beginning and also a successful deceiver from that time onwards.That’s why, as indicated in red above, the AD 30 Judeans used the worst labels they could find to place upon Jesus – he was a bastard, a non-descendant of Abraham (“a Samaritan”) and demon possessed. That was their “right” statement. Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 EDT to annihilate – verb: to get rid of Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret They (the Judeans who believed in Jesus, c. AD 30, in the Jerusalem Temple) answered towards him, “We are seed of Abraham and have been enslaved to none at any time. How do you state that, ‘You will come to be free ones’?” (John 8: 33-47 – my translation) . .. . Let’s listen in to this argument. It began earlier. We join it just after Jesus has addressed some of his hearers who, we have been told, have believed in Jesus as the son of the father above. He has asked them to abide, to stay, in that reality as his disciples, as sons of God. That true-reality will free them.As you can see – above – these folk are angry. They are already totally free, being God’s chosen people by physical descent from Abraham through Isaac.Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen I state to you, that everyone doing sin is a slave of sin. In fact the slave does not stay in the household into eternity; the son stays into eternity. So if the son may free you, you will actually be free.” Not so, Jesus says. Everyone “doing” sin, in any way, shape or form, is a slave to sin. And slaves to sin, even if they live temporarily in God the father’s “household”, can never ever stay there permanently. Only “sons” can stay in that household “into eternity”. Anyone made free by the son of the father above, will actually, really, be free. Fri, 24 Jun 2022 00:00:00 EDT None of the Above Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So they were stating to him, “Where is your father?” (John 8: 19-25 – my translation) . .. .. . Some questions we ask are of others are very important, most of all to us. In this case (c. AD 30) the Pharisees, a politico-religious party, are questioning Jesus in the Jerusalem Temple. He has just told them that his father had so arranged the past 2,000 years of their national history that there were repeated promises about the Lord God above descending to bless the world.By asking, “Where is your father?” they may have been hoping that he would say something like ‘in heaven above’ whereupon they would have arrested him for falsely claiming to be God above.Jesus answered, “You discern neither me nor my father! If you had discerned me, you had discerned my father also.” These messages he spoke in the treasury, teaching in the temple, and no one took him, in that his hour had not yet come.He merely pointed out that they had made it clear that they have not discerned him or the father. So he said to them again, “I myself am going away, and you will seek me and will die in your sin. Where I myself go away you are not able to come!” Jesus again addresses the whole Judean crowd and repeats his original message. He is going above. They will die in their sins. They are not able to go above. Fri, 17 Jun 2022 00:00:00 EDT Election manifesto statements Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So Jesus spoke to them (the crowd in the Jerusalem Temple c. AD 30) again, stating, “I am the light of the world! The one following me may never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8: 12-19 – my translation) . .. .. .. . This must be the most arrogant statement of identity ever to be spoken by any person on earth. If any of the folk up for election in Jersey this month included this identification of themselves in their manifesto, he or she would be certain to receive NIL votes at the polls.Not just the light of AD 30 Jerusalem. The light of the world.His manifesto was that the one following him “will not walk in darkness”. That implies that those not following him were unable to see where they were going. His manifesto was that the one following him “will have the light of life.” It’s significant that John, the writer of this first-century eye-witness biography of Jesus, was a stickler for accuracy. The word for “life” which Jesus used was zoe in the original Greek. That word was used by him repeatedly to describe the “life” of the Lord God above, eternal life in fact. So the manifesto of Jesus, proclaimed by him, was that those following him would have the “light” of the eternal life of God.So the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying concerning yourself. Your testimony is not true.” This was a very understandable reaction from the Pharisees, a politico-religious party there in Jerusalem. How would Jesus respond? Thu, 09 Jun 2022 00:00:00 EDT Serve? Me? Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus (c. AD 30, Israel) called them (his followers) to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20: 28-34) . .. .. .. .. . Yes, I think that most people have now realized that even those whom we elect, in our democracies, to serve us, soon turn out to be those who “lord it over” us. And yes, some of those elected “exercise authority” over the elected.This week we celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. She became Queen upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. She was crowned on 2 June 1953. But, six months before her Coronation, Elizabeth our un-crowned Queen asked this of the people of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth: “Pray that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve Him and you, all the days of my life.”Fifty years later in her 2002 Christmas Broadcast our Queen said: “God sent his only Son ‘to serve, not to be served’. He restored love and service to the centre of our lives in the person of Jesus Christ.” And this week, rightly, we are very content indeed with the Queen’s servanthood of the nation and commonwealth through seventy years – a very long time indeed.But did you notice that in her 1952 words she asked for prayer that she would have the wisdom and strength to carry out the vow which she planned to make that she would “faithfully serve Him…all the days of my life.” She knew that her unknown future would be to be Queen. She prayed for wisdom and strength to “serve Him” in fulfilling that servant role. Fri, 03 Jun 2022 00:00:00 EDT What kind of ruler is this? Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18: 18-34) . .. .. .. .. .. . Good question. And a good person from whom to seek a definitive answer – Jesus Christ. It’s around AD 33 and Jesus is about to enter Jerusalem for his final week before his crucifixion and death at Passover time.“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.” Is Jesus “good” – and therefore, as he claimed all along, the Son of God?“You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honour your father and mother.’” “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. Jesus didn’t list all of the Ten Commandments given to Moses, the ancestor of this ruler. He missed out those relating to a person’s relationship with the LORD God – a relationship of heartfelt love and fellowship. And he missed out ‘you shall not covet’. I wonder if the ruler noticed the omissions.When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” What Jesus asked of the ruler was merely the heart change which would bring about the keeping by him of the ‘missing’ Ten Commandments. Fri, 27 May 2022 00:00:00 EDT Liberation Square Bible Reading Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the teaching, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore; but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken. (Micah 4:1–5) . .. .. .. .. .. .. . On May 9 in Liberation Square here in Jersey the above Bible reading was read to the crowds and broadcast live. But what is it all about – and what did the words mean at the time – and what do they actually mean now, for us? No one asked. No one wanted to know.The writer, Micah, a Judean, lived there. He came from Moresheth, a small town about 22 miles SW of Jerusalem in what is still known as the Shephelah. He was alive there in BC 720. He had a message from the LORD – a message carefully preserved by Israel in its national archives to this day.In fact he was a descendant of the original man named Israel and lived among people descended from him. To that man Israel the LORD God of the Bible (whose name consisted only of four consonants - YHWH) gave exceeding great and precious promises and commands, including the well-known Ten Commandments. The problem for Micah, being a prophet, was that this LORD God instructed him to tell His people that His judgment was about to fall upon them. The reason? They had transgressed His commands and forsaken Him. Fri, 20 May 2022 00:00:00 EDT Liberation Square 09-05-2022 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret So the Judeans were arguing concerning him (Jesus, c. AD 30) in that he said, “I myself am the bread that descended from the sky.” and they were stating, “Is this one not Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we ourselves have discerned? How does he right now state, ‘I have descended from the sky’?” (John 6: 41 – own translation) . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . The large crowd in Liberation Square was led in prayer and Scripture reading. The prayers were expressed as being ‘through Jesus Christ Our Lord’. But, like the Judeans in AD 30 on their Liberation Day, did the crowd think that this man can’t have, and didn’t, descend from the sky? Or didn’t care either way.Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not argue with one another! No one is able to come towards me if the Father who sent me may not draw him and I will raise him up in the last day.”If Jesus had been there (as he was in AD 30, maybe he would have given us in the Square this explanation (immediately above) for our own decision to avoid his name. The fact is that we’re unable to come towards Jesus unless his Father draws us. Period. “It is – and has been - written in the prophets, ‘And everyone will be taught of God’. Everyone, having heard from the Father and having learned, does come towards me - not in that anyone has discerned the Father except the one being from God—this one has discerned the Father.”Those in the great crowd there in AD 30 might well have said (as Jesus suggested above), ‘No, you’re wrong. God teaches everybody. It says so in the Bible.’ But Jesus would have none of that nonsense. He said, in effect, ‘If anyone has truly heard from my Father in the Bible, that one will come to me, not because they have seen the Father but because they’ve seen me – in what was written.’ I think he would have said the same in the Royal Square. Fri, 13 May 2022 00:00:00 EDT Praying to the LORD about Putin Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? (Psalm 10: 1) . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . We tend to think that the war in Ukraine is unique. It’s happened many times before. Psalm 10 is a prayer dating back roughly three millennia. It’s being prayed today. Here’s some more of it. Putin look-alikes regularly surface. Jesus’ disciples, around AD 30, said to him, “LORD, teach us to pray.” Thu, 28 Apr 2022 00:00:00 EDT “This is the judgment…” Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “ … In fact this is the judgment (Jesus of Nazareth speaking to a Jerusalem leader c. AD 30): that the light has come into the world, and the people loved the darkness rather than the light - it was because of their evil works." (John 3: 19, my translation) . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . When anyone gives us a reason why people are under the judgment of God, I guess one should listen and think about it.The above reason comes from a man about whom a great deal is known. There are four first-century contemporary biographies of him, all of which testify to his God-like power over human sickness, extreme weather, and even death itself. All of which testify to his overarching compassion towards the sick, the poor, the widows and the suffering. All of which testify to his authoritative teaching. All of which testify to his unjust condemnation, his death as a perceived dangerous criminal, and his resurrection. Why are the people (that means all humanity) under judgment? According to Jesus, the people are under judgment because the light has come into the world and the people loved the darkness rather than the light. What is the light? What is the light which has come into the world? Is it Jesus himself – the subject of those four biographies?In Jersey today, almost all people, if at all possible, have nothing to do with the light which has come into the world. This is the judgment which hovers like a nuclear primed drone above us all. According to Jesus.But why? Why do the people love darkness rather than the light? He gives the reason: it’s because their works – their deeds – are bad. I suppose that light reveals the badness of everything – from the flaws in a diamond to the motives behind people falling-out with one another and then to the envy and avarice and pursuit of happiness which discounts any bad done by us to others, or suffering in others which we never alleviate.So…. Best to avoid the light of the world – especially if he is who we think he is. His light – even his Good Friday light – is awful. Thu, 14 Apr 2022 00:00:00 EDT