Today we meet John the Baptist (Luke 3:1–22).
He is an extraordinary example of a life devoted to preparing people for Jesus. With many words he urged the people and preached the good news to them (Luke 3:18). It even came at great cost – Herod beheaded him for speaking the truths of the gospel (Luke 9:7–9).
Jesus himself said that among humans there is no one greater than John (Luke 7:28). That’s amazing when we think how great some people have been… Nelson Mandela, Billy Graham, Mother Theresa… what could make someone so great?
John was the greatest because he devoted his life to preparing people for Jesus’ coming. That is greatness because it considers people’s greatest need – salvation from sin and death.
And so let’s encourage one another to carry on the great work of preparing people for Jesus…
‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with your always, to the very end of the age.’ (Matthew 28:19–20)
In Christ Jesus, Tory Cayzer
In July 2013 we had a royal birth, to Prince William and Catherine. Despite all the media hype at the time, I bet you had forgotten already, and can’t even remember the babies name, even though he might be your future king?
In the big scheme of things… WHO CARES!?
But when an army of heavenly angels announces a royal baby is your Saviour, Christ and Lord… you simply must care. It matters not only that we know his name, but that we submit to his rule in our life each day.
Jesus demands that we rely on him. That means listening to him speak to us in the Bible, praying for his help and guidance in life, following his lead in life, meeting with his people at church to grow to be more like him, and spreading the word that he is King.
At Barwon District Anglican Churches we want to ‘introduce people to Jesus and help them home to heaven.’ We hope you join us again so that we can help one another live for the King – check out our meeting times above for more details.
In King Jesus, Tory Cayzer
Ps. to put your mind to rest… it was George ; )
Perhaps something we’ve lost in recent generations is the sense of God’s holiness. The magnificent old church buildings, the grand hymns, and higher church attendance, that emphasized our God is holy, there is none quite like him.
Nearly half the book of Exodus is devoted to the Tabernacle, where God is present with his people. Not only the large number of chapters devoted to it, but also the excruciating plans and rites for the Tabernacle emphasize that God is holy.
We can’t be casual about meeting God.
When we come to the New Testament, we are challenged to not be casual about our church meetings!
For now God dwells in us by his Holy Spirit. We are the Tabernacle or Temple of God.
And so how we love one another, pray, sing with passion, prioritize being at church to meet around God’s Word, brings glory to God and shows he is a Holy God. There is none like him. Let’s glorify God!
In Christ, Tory Cayzer
“The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” (Exodus 34:6–7)
The LORD gives and forgives abundantly. He gives us what we don’t deserve – free of charge.
These verses come just after God’s people Israel committed the ‘monumental sin’ of all time… making and worshipping a golden calf idol (Exodus 32).
This is the good news of Christianity: forgiveness of sin – free of charge. God absorbed the punishment on himself when his Son Jesus died on the Cross. He died to take the punishment for all sin… from that golden calf 3000 years ago, through to our sin today and tomorrow. All we have to do is trust that Jesus’ death was in place of ours, then we are forgiven.
Free of charge forgiveness means we can enjoy living in a new relationship with the LORD. Enjoy!
In Christ, Tory Cayzer