[first prepared for the monthly congregational “Notes” for May, 2020.]
For a few days between the crucifixion and the resurrection, the disciples’ faith must have been sorely tested. All that they had seen and heard which had encouraged their belief that Jesus was the Messiah seemed to come crashing down to nothing. He was dead. As the two on the road back to Emmaus put it, “we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel” (Lk 24:21). Then in a matter of hours, it was built up again as Jesus appeared and set about explaining “the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures,” (Lk 24:27 & 32) and “the things written in the law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms” (Lk. 24:44). They were given a clear window into the plan of God that would stand them in good stead. No challenge would…continue reading
[first published in the monthly congregational Notes for April, 2020.]
Right now I am sure we are all looking forward to the end of what effectively is a low level ‘lockdown’ brought on by the common fear of what this coronavirus might do if left unrestrained and allowed free course. No-one knows for sure what that would be but we are told that it would be severe. New laws have appeared out of nowhere as authorities plead with us to ‘flatten the curve’ so that our ability to cope with the virus’ effects is not swamped. Add to that the complicating factor that some seem infected with the virus yet show no symptoms! Meanwhile the world is devoting its collective medical wisdom to finding a cure, and if not, a vaccine at least. But perhaps there will never be one, as there is no vaccine against SARS or the common…continue reading
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