Monthly Archives: January 2014

‘The Christ of God’!?

Bingo… Peter got it right; Jesus is the Christ of God (Luke 9:20). But did he really know what that meant?

Probably not. Because Jesus went on to explain He must suffer, be rejected, and killed. Hardly what anyone would expect for God’s promised King.

What’s more, Jesus then said ‘If anyone one would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’ (Luke 9:23)

Abraham Kuyper, Prime Minister of The Netherlands 1901–1905, said: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”

Calling Jesus our ‘Christ’ means surrendering all to his reign. Let’s encourage each other to daily take up our cross and follow Jesus as Christ.

In Christ Jesus, Tory Cayzer

Hear the word in 2014

This week I was in a conversation (if Facebook counts as a real conversation!) about what to look for in a good church. Many will be asking this question as they search for a church in the next few weeks, and so it’s a great question for us to consider now!

The top answers were ‘welcoming’ and ‘faithful Bible preaching.’ Both are important, and praise God that Bible preaching is valued in many places. But there is something else missing… isn’t there?!

In the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:1–15), Jesus tells us that it’s not just Bible preaching… it’s hearing the Word that is important: ‘But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.’

Let’s pray and encourage one another to hear the word of Jesus from the Bible in 2014, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

In Christ Jesus, Tory Cayzer

Love your enemies

Today’s command from Jesus is radical and revolutionary: ‘Love your enemies’ (Luke 6:27).

The only hope for loving our enemy is to be a new creation in Christ Jesus. And the only hope of being a new creation in Christ Jesus is being reconciled to God through the death of his Son (2 Cor 5:17–18).

The shocking message of Christianity is that God loved us when we were his enemy by sacrificing his Son on the Cross to reconcile us to him (Rom 5:10).

For most that is too offensive to accept. For the Christian accepting this is our only hope of salvation, and is how we live this radical love Jesus calls us to.

In Christ Jesus, Tory Cayzer