Archive for May, 2009

Jesus Christ: within our humanity (19)

May 31st, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: Ephesians 1:3-10

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment-to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. (NIV)

It is really important that we see that our future isn’t something just done upon us – like an external decree of God, but required God entering completely in to our condition as the man Jesus so that within himself he becomes the firstfruits of the new harvest of humanity.

The proclamation of the Gospel concerns:
1. A radical transformation or rebirth of human beings in Christ
2. A profound cleansing of the roots of the human conscience through his blood
3. The hope of a renewed creation due to his resurrection from the dead

This has only real validity when we:
1. Put God on the Cross,
2. Let Jesus Christ be God himself incarnate,
who refused to be alone or without us, but insisted on penetrating into the heart of our sin and violence and unappeasable agony in order to take it all upon himself and to save us.

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Jesus Christ: within our humanity (18)

May 30th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: 1Tim 2:5-6

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men-the testimony given in its proper time. (NIV)

 What does mediator mean?

Jesus brings God and humankind together in the union of his own Person.

Remember, within his own person he is fully God and fully man. Jesus was embodied with the deep tensions and contradictions of our rebellious humanity. He struggled daily within the structures of human existence throughout his earthly life from birth to the cross.

This union of God and man was a dynamic atoning union. What does this mean?

Christ, by uniting our fallen human nature and his holy divine nature, claimed our predicament of sin and guilt as his own.

But the most important thing to grasp is this: Christ took hold of both sides of the split and reconciled them or made at-one-ment in his own Person by removing that which had perpetuated the split – our sin and guilt. He condemned sin in the flesh. In his daily struggle he was condemning sin in the flesh and although he had assumed the fallen Adamic nature of men from the Virgin Mary, lived a holy, trusting and loving life of complete filial obedience to the Father in heaven.

A full biblical understanding is that Jesus himself is our atonement, he is the one that reconciles God and humanity by being, in himself, the one who brings those two together. So, our atonement continues because Christ’s incarnation continues.

Message for the Day

Randal Bourchier on FM Radio

May 29th, 2009
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John Mclean wrote:

Last Sunday, Randall Bourchier was involved in presenting a half hour religious program on Yarra Valley FM radio station. This is another very interesting positive development, and opportunity to share the gospel.

Mim Elsorth, the co-presenter, wrote the following:

Yarra Valley FM 99.1 only have 2 Christian programs run on Sundays, and after waiting for an opportunity to teach gospel on the airwaves, 3 weeks ago I was finally given this opportunity and Amazing Grace is now broadcast Sunday evenings at 8.00pm, and also streamed to the worldwide web. There is no way to gauge the listening audience, but our signal is good and covers a large area of listeners. I have been receiving favorable comments about my show by letter, phone calls and word of mouth, and now I am happy to include Randall, one of our local pastors and old time friend to join me once a month, to talk for about 30 mins on a subject of his choosing. Randall spoke last Sunday and was well received. It was expressed how well we spoke together on air, and how well Randall simplified his subject so listeners could understand. Randall’s natural warmth and love for people comes through, and I look forward to his contribution with me to reach out to people through ministry on the airwaves.

Congratulations to Randall, and I’m sure he would appreciate our ongoing prayers about this new challenge.