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The Glory of Christ

At times, we wish we had a crystal ball to know the future. From the mundane, if it would rain yesterday for the Outdoor Market Day; to the significant, like where we will be in 10 years and what will our life be like. If we had a crystal ball, it would change how we live today.

In Colossians, we are told what our future is. We will share in the glory of Christ (Colossians 1:27; 3:4). And so this must change how we live today.

Last week (Col 3:1–8), we saw what it means individually; this week (Col 3:9–17) what it means for the local church; and next week (Col 3:18–4:1) at home and work.

The “crystal ball” is setting our eyes on Christ in heaven: remembering that Christ is all that matters; and that God doesn’t desire wealth, happiness, or success for us… but something far more glorious: to make us like Jesus Christ.

The uniform we wear each day and night is compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness, and the over-coat of love.

This only happens as the message of Christ dwells among us in all we do as the people of God, the local church.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

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The word that sustains the weary

It’s easy to feel ‘The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.’

That’s how the people of Israel felt exiled in Babylon, 539 BC (Isaiah 49:14). God gives comfort and strength to his weary saints. In Isaiah 49–50, the Servant speaks to us. The Servant is the one God will pull from his quiver and shoot like a polished arrow to restore His creation. The people of God, and his creation, will no longer be under spiritual oppression.

In chapter 50 verse 4, the Servant says: ‘The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He awakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.’

The Word of God is comfort for weary saints. His word sustains us until we get home to the new creation.

You might have heard of Derek Redmond. He ran the 400m at the Barcelona Olympics, 1996. Not long into the race he clutched his right leg and came tumbling down. While it looked like his race was over, from the grandstands came running a man. Olympic officials tried to stop the man from touching Derek, but he simply battled them off. He wrapped his arms around him; arm in arm they walked on. It was Derek’s Dad, there was no way anyone would stop him from helping his son finish the race. They finished together, arm in arm they got home.

God’s Servant Jesus is the one who sustains us and carries us to the end of our race, heaven in the new creation.

This week lets receive his sustaining word as we read the Bible relying on Him, arm in arm. And let’s pray for one person each day this week who needs to receive the salvation of the Servant.

In Christ,

Tory

Same-Sex Marriage: Let’s talk equality!

The argument for same-sex marriage has cleverly been called ‘marriage equality’. But is this really about equality?

We need to listen to and recognise that same-sex couples ask for recognition, acceptance, and belonging. These are perfectly good and understandable human concerns. And marriage does make a relationship official and recorded in history.

However, I don’t think marriage is the answer.

Let’s talk about civil unions and a ‘Relationships Register’ at government level to recognise and record relationships of any description using a wedding service of any form.

The problem with arguing same-sex marriage is about marriage equality, is that it fails to recognise that there are other relationships restricted from marriage. For example, polygamous, polyamorous, or even underage or incestuous relationships.

Further, it fails to recognise the equal rights of a child to be nurtured by their father and mother.

These are issues we need to be talking about in the debate… if this is really about equality.

Even more, let’s be talking about the recognition, acceptance, and peace Jesus offers. Only he can give what our world seeks. God equally invites all to the foot of the Cross.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Sweet Unspeakable Comfort

Predestination is a word banned in some church circles. Yet, as we’ll see in Romans 9 today, it is the Bible’s teaching that God chooses some people to be saved, but not others. It’s God’s choice.

Article XVII of the Anglican 39 Articles states: ‘As the godly consideration of Predestination, and our Election in Christ, is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to godly persons, and such as feel in themselves the working of the Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of the flesh, and their earthly members, and drawing up their mind to high and heavenly things, as well because it doth greatly establish and confirm their faith of eternal Salvation to be enjoyed through Christ, as because it doth fervently kindle their love towards God.’ (http://acl.asn.au/the-thirty-nine-articles/)

Our salvation doesn’t depend on anything in us or what we do but something better and far more sure: God’s choice and mercy in Jesus. This is the most stunning love imaginable. So predestination gives sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to the Christian.

But what about the non-Christian? That’s next week in Romans 10!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

The Greatest Comeback

Everyone loves a comeback.

The sporting team, the race horse, the singer or band, the terminally ill person, even the politician… who against all odds comes back to win.

The name Lazarus is synonymous with comebacks. He was dead for four days but against all odds came back to life. It was nothing he did … after all, what can a dead man do!? It was all Jesus.

Jesus raised him back to life as a sign that he truly is the Son of God who has power over death.

Jesus did this as a sign also pointing to an even greater comeback. On that first Easter in A.D. 33, Jesus was nailed to the Cross for the sins of the world and three days later (against all odds!) came back to life.

In doing this Jesus showed he is the resurrection and the life. In him is a new order and reality to life. His resurrection begun the Last Days; now life is all about serving the risen Lord Jesus. Do you believe this?

In Christ,

Tory

Don’t play with sin!

A Youtube™ video shows a couple playing with a lion. Apparently, the lion was hand-raised and so is ‘tame’. The man has the lion on a chain, but while playing the lion pounces on the woman and mauls her. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.

It seems like absolute folly to play with a lion. Lions will be lions and will kill humans.

Yet, so often we fail to see it as absolute folly to play with sin. Sin will be sin, and will kill.

In Proverbs 5–9, the father warns his son to not even go near the door of the adulterous woman. She will lead to the grave.

The graphic image he gives helps us understand the appeal and lure of all sin, not just adultery. It seduces and offers much, but is an empty promise. It ruins.

In the Cross of Christ, God shows us the power of sin. We are no match; only Jesus could kill it for us. Let’s not play with sin but turn to Christ; hiding from it in him.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Jesus the true Sabbath rest.

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.