Crossing over from death to life

(John 5:16-30, Ezekiel 37:1-14) Mercy – the work of Father and the Son The first few verses of John 5 tells the story of our Lord coming to the aide of the helpless who superstitiously stared at the signs of moving water and then hoped to get in first and be healed.  One chap sat … Continue reading Crossing over from death to life

The Cross and our shame

It is impossible for us to face Christ’s cross with integrity and not to feel ashamed of ourselves. Apathy, selfishness and complacency blossom everywhere in the world except at the cross. There these noxious weeds shrivel and die. They are seen for the tatty, poisonous things they are. For if there was no way by … Continue reading The Cross and our shame

Can we condemn Pilate (… in all honesty)?

It is easy to condemn Pilate and overlook our own equally devious behaviour.  Anxious to avoid the pain of a whole-hearted commitment to Christ, we too search for convenient subterfuges.  We either leave the decision to somebody else, or opt out for a half-hearted compromise, or seek to honour Jesus for the wrong reason (e.g. … Continue reading Can we condemn Pilate (… in all honesty)?

The Cross

"The Missionary among Moslems (to whom the Cross of Christ is a stumbling block and the atonement foolishness) is driven daily to deeper meditation on the mystery of redemption, and to a stronger conviction that here is the very heart of our message and our mission ... The more unbelievers deny its crucial character, the … Continue reading The Cross

Seen from eternity, seeing into eternity

My dear friend in the Lord Jesus Christ, The amazing and sad thing about sinful man is that social pressure can make him do things he would not dream doing when all by himself. Just look at a crowd respond and participate in the Mexican wave at a sports gathering.  It usually starts with one … Continue reading Seen from eternity, seeing into eternity

Unsearchable riches

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, (Ephesians 3:8, NKJV) What does Paul say about himself Paul employs an emphatic comparative and superlative. He says, “I am less than the least of all saints.” … Continue reading Unsearchable riches

God’s call for covenant renewal in times of unbridled rebellion

Introduction When Martin Luther was called to appear before those who charged him, he stood alone.  All the clergy of the time, and all politicians stood against him.   It was the same in the time of Wycliffe and John Huss some years earlier.  Truth cannot be judged by the numbers of those who confess … Continue reading God’s call for covenant renewal in times of unbridled rebellion

God’s call to be trouble in times of unbridled sin

Those of you who come from an agricultural background will understand that some animals are just stubborn. We had a good friend in the town where we lived back in country Western Transvaal. This man contracted meningitis as a nine year old  and had to make a living by chopping wood.  He became very strong.  … Continue reading God’s call to be trouble in times of unbridled sin

Thirst relieved

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37–38, NKJV) In order to see the whole … Continue reading Thirst relieved