The Inside Column 20/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 20, 2014 No Comments

Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all.
If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.

He is risen, he is risen indeed! Easter is the special time of year when we remember the suffering of Jesus on the Cross, the abandonment by his disciples, the fear of the death of Jesus, the sadness and mourning of the betrayal, as Jesus is laid in the tomb. The surprise of the empty tomb, the confusion of the disciples and then the joy of the risen Christ as he appears to Disciples, and the call to take the Good News to the entire world.

The Good News of Christ is the over-arching message of the Bible—the story of redemption. God created the heavens and the earth and he created man and woman in His image and placed them in the Garden of Eden to be his stewards on the earth. However, due to yielding to temptation, Adam and Eve sinned and fell from God’s grace. God the Father sent his One and Only Son into the world to take on human flesh and to be the Saviour of His people.

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, those who place their faith and trust in Him for salvation are guaranteed eternal life. Jesus called His followers to take up their cross and follow Him. Jesus called His disciples to engage in radical self-denial. Remember, the cross meant only one thing to a 1st century person—death. “Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”. In Galatians 2 it says “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”. This was the call for the first disciples and this is the call for us today, to live by faith in the risen Christ. My prayer for us all this Easter is that we will know the power and life of the one true and living God, that He will fill us all with His Spirit and love, as we take up our crosses and follow Him.

The Marriage Course is coming up in a couple of weeks, if you have not done the course it is well worth making the time to do so. If you have done the course I would like to ask you to invite two of your married friends to come on this course – don’t just invite them; bring them as your guests. If we don’t ask we will never know, we are blessed to be a blessing and The Marriage Course can bring great blessing to a marriage. Start praying for the people you would like to invite and let’s see what God might do in their lives.

God bless

Philip

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