Jesus promises: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28–29).
Trying to keep the Sabbath – like the nation of Israel in the Old Testament – will mean we might miss the real Sabbath that Jesus offers. The Apostle Paul warns that trying to keep the Old Testament Law will take us away from Jesus (Galatians 5:4).
Only Jesus can take us into the real Sabbath rest, and we get there by believing in him.
There is wisdom we can learn from the Sabbath Law. I think it’s wise for Christians to have a Sabbath-type day each week. For example, it reminds us we belong to God… since he made us and saves us. It reminds us to enjoy God and his people. The Sabbath was a taste of heaven, and so meeting together with God and his people (ie church!) is still a great thing for us to do as a taste of what heaven will be like.
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.
It is an amazing claim that the man Jesus was God.
Perhaps it ought not surprise us that the religious leaders of his day were so zealous they wanted to kill Jesus for this claim to be God.
But Jesus explains there is only one God, he is not another God. Rather, he is the Son of God. In John 5, Jesus explains the Father and Son work together for our salvation from death to life.
Most of us can picture an earthly father and son working together. They are not in rivalry, but the father leads and teaches the son all he knows. A father does that because he loves his son. The son is dependant on his father for all things.
Jesus uses the same picture to explain the nature of God and his work of salvation for us.
God the Father has entrusted everything to his Son Jesus. Jesus is the giver of eternal life, and the one who judges with all authority. And so whoever does not honour the Son, does not honour the Father.
Let’s pray that more would honour the Son and live.
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.
Perhaps this is one of the worst weeks Walgett has had. At least for some time. Snake bite, sudden cancer, sudden in sleep.
When you see the suffering and sickness in our world, you have to wonder: where is God in this?
Our Bible reading from John 5 gives us the answer… He is right in the middle of it.
Jesus is at the Pool of Bethesda where the disabled people lie, and he heals. He has the power and authority to do something about it.
The signs (like healing) that Jesus gives point to him being God, and point to what he is doing to fix the sickness and suffering in our world.
On the cross Jesus took the infirmities and sin of this world on himself. He bore it for us. And he rose to eternal life to show he has defeated it.
Where is God in all this?
Look to Jesus among the disabled at the pool as he heals. Look to Jesus on the cross where he bore our infirmities and sin – he is right in the middle of it taking it all on himself. And look to Jesus who will return to bring in God’s Kingdom, where: There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (Revelation 21:4).
In Christ, Tory.
Lately, I asked Nate how they do Bible study in Mozambique. This was to get ideas for teaching the Solomon Islanders to read the Bible at our Clergy Conference in May. Nate shared:
1.Simplicity: Go for 4–6 verses, and go deep. Ask each participant to say something they have learnt.
2.Repetition: Read the passage in every language present in the group. Read the passage at least 3 times before asking people to contribute. Verse by verse, take turns restating in your own words.
3.Teaching forwarded with accountability: Challenge the participants to share what they have learnt with someone today, and ask how it went when you next meet.
4.Prayer: Pray about what you have learnt.
I found this helpful for my own Bible reading… is there something you can learn from this?
Today in John 4:43–54 I pray we see the need to take Jesus at his word and obey. Because believing Jesus is obeying him, that is eternal living! Let’s be praying that – whatever language we are reading the Bible in – we obey so that we might have eternal life.
In Christ, Tory.