Monthly Archives: February 2018

Resolving Everyday Conflict at Walgett

Please join us for an 8-week course on Resolving Everyday Conflict at St Peter’s Anglican Church Walgett, 21 Pitt St. 9-10am Sunday. No cost. Sunday School for kids at same time. Unsure? Check the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6VXINrYvQo

 

Christianity Explored in Collarenebri

Starts 3.30pm Sunday 25 February at St John’s Anglican Church Collarenebri, 58 Wilson St. Over 7-weeks we’ll explore answers to what life is all about from Mark’s Gospel in the Bible. No cost. All welcome!

Jesus’ body is anointed

This is the most lavish sight of love you could imagine. Mary, the sister of Lazarus, was at the dinner party for Jesus in Bethany (John 12:1–11).

She poured pure nard perfume on the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of perfume.

This is lavish because the type and amount of perfume was worth a year’s wages (v.5). Touching another person’s feet was the duty of servants. Letting the hair out in public was a cultural taboo. So why this outrageous behaviour in public?

Mary loved Jesus. She knew her Lord and Master would soon die. She was not only anointing him as her King, but anointing his body ready for death.

Soon he would die for the sins of the world. It’s his lavish love for us, that allows us to love him and love others so lavishly.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Better that one man die

The scandal of Christianity is that God would send his own Son into the world to die for the sins of the world. The righteous for the unrighteous.

As we fast approach the death of Jesus, as told in John’s Gospel, today we hit the breaks to see the great irony surrounding his death.

#1 the Pharisees and chief priests of Israel were trying to kill the one who said ‘I am the resurrection and the life’ (John 11:25–26)

#2 Caiaphas the High Priest said it is better for them that one man die than the whole nation perish. He was thinking politically!

#3 the plot to kill Jesus would fulfil God’s promise to gather his children from all around the world

Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). Let’s praise him for his salvation in Jesus Christ for those who believe.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

He’s done a Lazarus!

To do a Lazarus is a common phrase for a politician, sportsperson, or singer who has made a come back. They’ve resurrected their career, usually against the odds.

But really, making a come back is nothing compared to Lazarus being raised from the dead to life by Jesus (John 11:1–44). Jesus merely spoke and brought him to life: ‘Lazarus, come out!’

This was a sign to Jesus. He is the resurrection and the life. His words are life. The one who has power over death. Only Jesus can do this.

There are many similarities between Lazarus coming back to life and Jesus’ own resurrection. But the main difference is that Lazarus still had a mortal body, while Jesus rose to immortality.

My prayer is that we share the life-giving gospel of Jesus holding out his word as life. Jesus raised us to life through his word, and wants to share immortal life with others in our district.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.