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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.

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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.

Trusting in rubble?!

Isaac Watts wrote (When I Survey):

Were the whole realm of nature mine,

  That were an off’ring far too small,

  Love so amazing, so divine

  Demands my life, my soul, my all.

Yet, we all know the struggle of giving up things for Jesus. In Acts 19, we see the threat Jesus brings to the town of Ephesus.

Demetrius, the silversmith who made shrines of the goddess Artemis, gathered the town and warned of the financial and social danger the gospel of Jesus would bring to their town.

He was right. Following Jesus comes at great cost.

Sadly, what he didn’t see was that only Jesus can give us what lasts and satisfies forever. And that what he worshipped, and put his trust in, now stands as a pile of rubble.

Let’s pray we give ourselves fully to Jesus.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

The Word goes forward despite persecution

For many Christians in the world, persecution for their faith in Jesus as Lord is normal.

Open Doors’ 2018 Watch List states 215 million Christians experience persecution: https://www.opendoors.org.au/persecuted-christians/world-watch-list/

Overall, persecution has increased for Christians in the last year. This includes aspects of private life, family life, community life, national life, and church life.

This should disturb us and drive us to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world. But, at the same time, it ought not surprise us.

As we read Acts, persecution has closely followed the preaching of the world right from the start of the church.

The message of Acts is: keep on sharing Jesus. The Word must go forward, despite persecution, to our dying world.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

What will 2018 look like?!

As the new year starts tomorrow, it’s worth setting goals and priorities for 2018. The Acts of the Apostles is exactly that for the Christian.

We don’t have to guess what is important or what we are here for. Jesus himself said we are here to tell people about him (Acts 1:8).

He is the Messiah, the promised saviour of the world. This is good news that we can’t keep to ourselves.

The book of Acts shows how the first Christians set out sharing this good news. Nothing has changed, we continue on this work just as the early church did.

People will respond differently to that message. We see that today in Acts 17 in the difference between the Thessalonians and the Bereans. The important thing is that despite the response, we keep on proclaiming Jesus is the Messiah in 2018.

My prayer is that in 2018 we will have many opportunities to share Jesus with our friends and family, and that many would give their life to him. Will you join in this prayer?

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Your family tree?!

When we are young we don’t have much interest in our family tree. As we get older, we are more interested in ancestry… especially if there are skeletons in the cupboard!

Christmas is when God came into our world to invite us into his family tree. It took his Son Jesus to make this possible.

But of course it didn’t start with Jesus. The Bible shows God’s kindness to generations over thousands of years as he prepared for that first Christmas (Matthew 1).

Today, we meet Naomi, Boaz, and Ruth (Ruth 4). They are three ordinary people God used in an extraordinary way in the family tree so that we can be part of his family.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.