Saturday, August 17, 2019

This week's verse:
If riches increase, set not your heart upon them... power belongeth unto God. Psalm 62:10,11

Friday, August 9, 2019

Gentile inclusion


Hello to all my dear friends around the world.
 I have been reminded from Zimbabwe that a new article is overdue.- thank you. I have been very busy doing a course in TEASOL – to teach English as a second language. If I was much younger, this skill would enable me to travel many places teaching English, however I shall be content to help the many migrants in Toowoomba.

Now for something I have been enjoying from John 12:

This chapter concludes the public ministry of our Lord. It has some very serious conclusions about the final judgement of all who have rejected Jesus Christ as the Lord from heaven. But the part I find encouraging is the inclusion, by the writer, of the inquiry of the Gentiles to see Jesus. On several occasions John the writer highlights the grace of God embracing the whole world (John 3:16).
Some will remember the chorus
            Jesus loves the little children
            All the children of the world
And so He does.

Gentile philosophy was about triumph by strength of might or argument, but the Lord by contrast says His path to triumph is through humiliation and His death on a cross (Lifted up).
On several occasions the Lord made it clear that “he who humbles himself will be exalted” and most important is for this exaltation to be done by the Father. Glory here and now is very temporary. Honour in the next life will be forever.

May the risen Lord keep you all in His love.

“Even so come Lord Jesus”

John

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Gospel by John


John writing:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”
“The Word became flesh..................”

John the Apostle identifies his purpose in writing – to convince us that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing we might have life through His Name.

The opening statement focuses on the unusual title of the Lord Jesus – the Word. And right through the gospel , the emphasis is on His Word and Words.
As the Word, He is the full and final expression of the mind of God. As the communicator of God to mankind, He is the Alpha and Omega.
His creation control is seen when, by the command of His lips, water is reconstructed into the best wine!

At the end of chapter three, this statement is made “ for He speaks the words of God”
The man lying sick by the pool was healed by His command – “rise up and walk”
John 5:24 is that powerful promise “whoever hears my words, and believes on Him that sent me has everlasting life ....”
As the narrative continues, the significance of His words develop.
“My sheep hear my voice and they follow Me”
Then a moment of power “Lazarus come forth”

The power, promises, pronouncements of His word reaches a special importance in chapter 12. They will be the measure of judgement against all who do not believe Him!

The references to His words, continues among the disciples. E.g.
“He that has my words and keeps them, he it is that loves Me”
Again in his prayer to the Father “I have given them the words”
How meaningful then, that He should say on the cross “It is finished”

All this becomes so meaningful when we choose to receive Him, to listen to Him, to follow Him, to love Him.

For my Muslim readers, please refer to Sura 3:45

May I encourage all my readers to read through the Gospel of John, watching for the repeated mention of HIS WORDS.


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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Jesus Christ the LORD


The Glories of our Lord in the Gospel by Luke

Doctor Luke presents much detail surrounding the life of Jesus – external evidence and internal evidence. It would seem as though he interviewed many people and then correlated the biography of Jesus in chronological order. This includes dates, rulers and places that have been ratified by archaeologists and history.

The account of an angel appearing to Mary is most significant. It tells of heaven’s involvement in the appearing of Jesus and the character of the child to be born.
The record of His birth brings in many different persons as witnesses – Angels, Shepherds, Simeon, Anna etc.

Luke records the incident in the Temple when the boy Jesus astounds the doctors of law with His questions.

Again Luke gives much detail about the adult life of Jesus. His baptism,  His temptation in the wilderness by the devil, His visit to Nazareth where he was rejected. He moved to Capernaum, where the people praised Him, but the Lord Jesus moved on to the many villages around the sea of Galilee. Over and again He is presented as the dependant man, who spent much time in prayer to God. His journeys were marked by compassion for the needy. His words brought life and hope to perishing people. He was seen as one who was not obsessed with money, but instead gave much, even Himself for others.

The glorious Names attributed to Him by Gabriel remained ever true, but  His claim to be the Messiah was vindicated by His humble service to God and mankind. Miracles He did for others. Recovering the lost was His priority.

In His connections with His disciples He was both demanding and compassionate. Taking up the cross to follow Him was fundamental, and yet as He understood how fickle they could be, He showed love and forgiveness.

Luke takes us deep into the holy suffering of His sensitive soul as in the garden of Gethsemane  where He prays in agony. The perfect man (the last Adam), is seen to understand the pain of rejection and crucifixion. The record of the cross is graphic and the grief real.

The end – a man who did not fail,  now raised up from death to be seated at God’s right hand, honoured at the highest place in heaven.

Read the account of Luke for yourself. If you have no Bible, send me an email - I have spares

johnmckee@internode.on.net


Friday, June 14, 2019

Must

You MUST be born again (born from above) 
                                   John 3.7

Even so MUST the Son of Man be lifted up  (on a cross)
                                      John 3.14

He MUST increase, but I MUST decrease  (The Lord preeminent )
                                           John 3.30

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Reading the Bible


John Wesley, who here makes six key practical points:

If you desire to read the Scriptures in such a manner as may most effectually answer this end, would it not be advisable,
(1) To set apart a little time, if you can, every morning and evening for that purpose?
(2) At each time, if you have leisure, to read a chapter out of the Old and one out of the New Testament; if you cannot do this, to take a single chapter, or a part of one?
(3) To read this with a single eye, to know the whole will of God, and a fixed resolution to do it?
In order to know His will, you should,
(4) Have a constant eye to the analogy of faith, the connexion and harmony there is between those grand, fundamental doctrines, original sin, justification by faith, the new birth, inward and outward holiness;
(5) Serious and earnest prayer should be constantly used before we consult the oracles of God; seeing ‘Scripture can only be understood through the same Spirit whereby it was given.’ Our reading should likewise be closed with prayer, that what we read may be written on our hearts;
(6) It might also be of use, if, while we read, we were frequently to pause, and examine ourselves by what we read, both with regard to our hearts and lives….
And whatever light you then receive should be used to the uttermost, and that immediately. Let there be no delay. Whatever you resolve begin to execute the first moment you can. So shall you find this word to be indeed the power of God unto present and eternal salvation.

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Servant of the LORD


Mark’s biography of Jesus

The writer begins with the greatest glory of Jesus :-
“The Son of God”    
 -   In this  title lies the greatest expression of God represented in the person of the Son. No greater glory is seen in Jesus. This is the one who could look up into heaven and say “Father... the glory that I had with you before the world began.....” (John 17).

But from this point, Mark’s gospel describes the very active servant of Jehovah. In chapter one He is the servant promised in the Old Testament. Then He is the servant identified with a sinning people by baptism (He did no sin, but gave His life as a ransom for sinners). At this beginning His voice is clear – “The kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the Gospel.”
As the servant of the Lord moves forward,  many wondered at His miracles.

 Perhaps his greater glory lay in this – He did not claim or seek glory for Himself. Proud humans claim the glory of success for themselves, but not the Lord Jesus. Mark, the failing servant, highlights the frequent calls by the Lord to sacrificial service.

For example  “What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (8:6)
“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
This humility was exemplified in the Lord Himself:
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

In one sense there was good reason to question whether He was the Messiah – no human glory, no human credentials, no army etc, Yet His claim to be the Messiah, the Son of God was so clear :
Mark 14:62  “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven”

Wherein was the problem – they knew not the scriptures (eg Isaiah 53) nor the power and purpose of God.

 In true form to the ‘Servant gospel’, it concludes thus – “ He was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.” (16:19)
Well did the prophet say “Behold My servant”  (Isaiah 42)

Read it for yourself and discover the glories if the Servant King.

johnmckee@internode.on.net

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