DAY 30: Friday 17 April
WHO IS JESUS ?
Good morning everybody
I’m sure you will be delighted to see this photo of John Abbott sat in his back doorway viewing all the grocery shopping that daughter Jane has just delivered!
John – we miss not being able to meet with you and of course learning through your profound wisdom and understanding of spiritual matters. We look forward with anticipation to the next time you are able to preach.
Over many years of travelling for business, I have wasted more hours than I care to remember stuck in airports across UK and Europe. Whenever possible, if my destination were within 3-4 hours of Calais, I always preferred to drive because often it was quicker.
I recall one occasion when I drove from Paris to Brussels, picked up a colleague who had flown to Brussels from East Midlands Airport. After the meeting with our client, I dropped my colleague off at Brussels airport and then drove home via Eurotunnel. Next morning in the office he asked what time I had arrived home. Turned out his flight had been delayed 2 hours so I actually arrived home 30 minutes before he had.
On another occasion, our flight had been delayed and he and I had to wait 4 hours in some foreign airport. It was leading up to Eastertime and he was a practising Catholic, so our conversation turned to what we believed about Christ’s death and resurrection.
I remember us discussing what sort of person Jesus would have been.
I can’t remember exactly how I responded but I’m sure it would have included some of the following –
Jesus was a real man – conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a woman
Jesus was/is the Son of God but as a human he experienced all the trials and tests we do (and more)
Jesus trained as a tradesman – a builder/carpenter working in the family business
In his 3 years of public ministry he became the most popular character around in those days
I believe Jesus would have had a tremendous sense of fun – children are never attracted to boring old adults – Jesus must have played with the kids and fun to be with
Jesus had a sharp sense of humour – so many of his parables are sprinkled with irony and he never missed a chance to have a go at the religious establishment
Jesus was approachable, compassionate and kind particularly toward outcasts – there was no ‘social distancing’ for Jesus
Jesus’ primary purpose for being sent to earth was to become Saviour of all mankind through his death and resurrection
Jesus never instructed his disciples to start a new religion or set up churches – his message is to tell people that God loves them, and that he is the only way to know God.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. (John 14:6)
Jesus is one of the best documented historical figures yet today his enemies try to say he never existed, of if he did, he wasn’t the Son of God and couldn’t have risen from the dead
Jesus didn’t give us lists of rules to observe and then leave us to get on with it – He walks with us every step of our life (if we allow him to) through the good times and the bad
The beginning of John’s Gospel declares that Jesus is the WORD. The beginning and the end, the absolute.
The Word (Christ) was in the beginning. The Word was with God. The Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. He made all things. Nothing was made without Him making it. Life began by Him. His Life is the Light for men. The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has never been able to put out this Light. (John 1:1-5)
Hymnalong for today is one of John Abbott’s favourites and ends with him saying a prayer >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21575790
I mentioned the other day that the next edition of ‘Word for Today’ (May-July) books have arrived. So far only 1 person has asked me to deliver their copy, so here’s a reminder to the other 11 (whoever you are?) to get in touch so I can get your copy to you before the end of this month
MAKE YOU SMILE:
A man driving along a road and saw a rabbit hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid it, but unfortunately the rabbit had jumped in front of the car and was hit. The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over and got out to see what had become of the rabbit. Much to his dismay the rabbit was dead. The driver felt so awful that he started to cry.
A woman driving down the road saw the man crying and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong. "I feel terrible, I accidentally hit this rabbit and killed it" he explained. The woman told the man not to worry as she knew what to do. She went to her car boot and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead rabbit and sprayed the contents of the tin over it.
Miraculously, the rabbit came to life, jumped up, waved its paw at the two people and hopped down the road. Ten feet away the rabbit stopped, turned around, waved at the two people again, hopped down the road another ten feet, turned and waved and repeated this again and again until it was out of sight.
The man was astonished. He couldn't figure out what substance could be in the woman's spray can! He ran over to her and demanded, "What was in your spray can? What was it you sprayed on that rabbit?"
The woman turned the can round so that the man could read the label.
It said, "Hair Spray - Restores Life to Dead Hair and adds a Permanent Wave.".
I had started preparing today’s email yesterday evening and just after copying the above story from Linda Lord I fancied some chocolate.
So I broke open the Easter chocolate from my sister-in-law – it was a Thornton’s Chocolate Bunny, now minus ears and half of its head !