The Inside Column 16/7

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jul 17, 2017 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke. If you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s almighty grace for you and loving presence as you join us in worship. Please feel free to chat with us afterwards over a coffee and meet some of our people.

Today we will be looking at John 14: 6  when Jesus says “I am the way and the truth and the life” Again we think back to one of the big themes running through John – Who is Jesus? This question keeps coming up over and over again and how we answer it will shape our lives in one way or another.

We need to think about how outrageous these statements Jesus made would have been to the people that first heard them, and for many today they still seam outrageous.

The Jews who heard these words were again divided. Many of them said, ‘He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?’ But others said, ‘These are not the  sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?  - John 10:19-21

C.S. Lewis put it like this: ‘A man who was merely a man, and said the sort of things Jesus said, wouldn’t be a great moral teacher.  He’d either be, insane; or else he’d be the devil of hell.  You must make your choice.  Either this man was and is the Son of God, or else insane or something worse.  But don’t let’s come up with any patronising nonsense about his being `a great human teacher’.  He hasn’t left that open to us. He didn’t intend to.’

How many times have you heard something like this: As long as you believe in God and try to be a good person, there are different paths up the same mountain, but they all lead to the one peak? Jesus said I am the way and the truth and the life!

The school holidays are here again. This means there is no prayer meeting for the next two weeks. Luke is going to be having some time off over the next two weeks, so if people could   respect the Vicarage as holy ground over this time that would be helpful. If people need to get in to the church could they ring me, or the church office.

I hope everybody has a good break with their family, children and grandchildren over the next couple of weeks

God bless

Phil

 

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