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Festival 2012 (5)

November 1st, 2012
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Scripture of the Day: Mark. 1:14-15

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”(NIV)

Being embedded with Christ in the Father through the advance instalment of the Holy Spirit

What is this life of Christ?

While on earth, as the bearer of the Spirit of God, Christ represented God’s hope for the world by announcing that the kingdom of heaven is near). He embodied this hope as prophet, priest and king.

Prophet

As today so also then, there was a lot of spiritual darkness. There was considerable religious activity, but very little real faith. As a result, many of them were disoriented as to the meaning and purpose of their lives.

Jesus prophetically shone with the light of the gospel of the kingdom, calling the people to believe and follow him as the focus of their lives.

Priest

At that time, there was also a lot of brokenness, pain, sorrow and need. Jesus served the people in a priestly manner by healing a lot of brokenness, alleviating a lot of pain, giving comfort in a lot of sorrow and filling a lot of need.

In doing so, he gave the people a foretaste of what life would one day be like on the new earth : He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.(Rev. 21:4).

Moreover, he paid for the condemnation that their sin created, and the brokenness that it caused.

King

At that time, there was also a lot of injustice because people were enslaved to themselves and the powers of this world. As the people’s Messiah king, Jesus broke the power of this slavery by defeating the devil and sin on Calvary’s cross.

Members of the church share in Christ’s anointing. This means that as Jesus fulfilled his messianic or Christ ministry as prophet, priest and king, Christ draws members of the church into his own life and ministry as Randal spoke on this last year.

Consequently, it can be said that Christians are where Christ is and Christ is where Christians are.

So what does union with Christ mean: being embedded with Christ in the Father through the advance instalment of the Holy Spirit?

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God’s Beautiful Tapestry (10)

December 10th, 2010
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Scripture of the Day: Ecclesiastes 3:11-15

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

15 Whatever is has already been,

and what will be has been before;

and God will call the past to account. (NIV)

The writer says I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from beginning to end.

One opinion on this is: This is what I think the writer is saying: God has a picture of what a good and beautiful world looks like and he is forming this world into that picture as he is making all things beautiful. This beautiful world is an infinite, eternal one. So, he has put eternity into our hearts, or in other words, put a deposit of this eternal beautiful world in our hearts, causing us to long for it.

This seems to be so we can recognize the beauty that God is making while not seeing the exact mechanisms that God is using to do it. It forces us to enjoy what God is doing while still having to trust Him rather than trying to predict Him.

Some questions to reflect on until next time:

What is Beauty? And how do we respond to this in our appreciation of God’s tapestry? And how does this liberate us from the anxieties of life under the sun in our mortality?

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God’s Beautiful Tapestry (3)

December 3rd, 2010
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Scripture of the Day: Acts 7: 44-50

44″Our forefathers had the tabernacle of the Testimony with them in the desert. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. (NIV)

Let’s start with a dramatic example of God weaving from his pattern and see what insights we can gain.

The Tabernacle in the wilderness.

It is instructive to hear some of Stephen’s address before the Sanhedrin.

It wasn’t Moses pattern. It was the one God gave to him. This in itself is helping the audience if they had ears to hear that we are not the ones who determine how God does things. He does not fit into our expectations, no matter how authoritative we may think they are. Moses did as he was told.

45Having received the tabernacle, our fathers under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them.

Here that the mobility of this tabernacle is quite important to understand. God’s presence is not fixed in some location by us – we are following where he is working.

This is contrasted with what happened in Israel’s history.

It remained in the land until the time of David, 46who enjoyed God’s favour and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. 47But it was Solomon who built the house for him.

David was a man after God’s own heart. Solomon is described as the wisest of men.

But despite such credentials Stephen makes the following point:

48″However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says:

49″ ‘Heaven is my throne,

and the earth is my footstool.

What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord.

Or where will my resting place be?

50Has not my hand made all these things?’

This point is also quite clear in

2Samuel 7:6-7

6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.

7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’

These are quite challenging statements. From scripture Stephen is arguing that the Tabernacle with its mobility was the pattern directly from God that Moses obeyed. And what David and Solomon planned was really their design to effectively to try to do the impossible: contain or house God within Israel. God had not initiated this.

We sense from this that the pattern that teaches us in our relationship to God is one of mobility, being on a journey, not yet arrived – that the story of faithful Abraham, living in tents, the story of the exodus and the subsequent wandering in tents in the wilderness, are the true pattern for understanding our present relationship to God.

In other words we are sojourners who are looking forward to something greater that God has planned.

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