Sunday 25th November 2018

Psalm 93

The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty;

the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength.

He has established the world;

it shall never be moved;

your throne is established from of old;

you are from everlasting.….

Revelation 1:4b-8  

… “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,

who is and who was and who is to come,

the Almighty.

John 18:33-37  

… Jesus answered,

“… Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

 

From the beginning, the wisdom of Christianity tells us, God the creator is the One who makes atonement; who redeems and reconciles. Atonement was from the beginning in creation and this wisdom is ingrained in us. As we witness this truth, we are driven to embody it. Jesus draws people to this truth, to himself, and teaches us to forgive so that we know forgiveness. This light shines in the hearts of all people from the beginning. To deny it is sin, as it denies the character of God as Creator and Redeemer. If we are to be holy as God is holy, we love our enemies as we are loved. If we are to be righteous as God is righteous, we listen for his voice and obey.

God is the One who would make all things new and enters the churning waters of chaos, walks with us in our mess, and washes us clean, leading us to freedom from sin. We are free as we come to know Jesus as our Lord. Through our obedience, the earth comes to the fullness of the knowledge of the Lord.

The single act of Creation and Redemption, from the beginning, secures all who call on the name of the Lord, who belong to truth, and listen to the voice of Jesus. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and has been from the beginning and always will be. In his person we come to know the Father. Jesus reveals this mystery, true from the beginning: the life death and resurrection of Christ is the completion of Creation.

All our answers are in Jesus. We are saved in Christ. He is the fullness of God to all people, leading us to the revelation of God as Father. In Christ we are found, as we seek the knowledge of the Lord, he shows himself- the Son. His sheep know his voice and they trust him to lead them on the way.

God speaks through our emotions and feelings, our experience and our meditations on scripture, but he doesn’t own them: they aren’t the answer. He will not abandon us though, he will seek us out in the mess of our striving. We are often lost but we are always loved.

God takes us on from where we are and gently draws us back to that place of reconciliation with the truth. In his finding of us, we must be freed and carried home; a lost sheep returned to the fold. The experience of being found, the reassurance of being released, is not the whole story. We need to be brought home. There may still be troubles and dangers on the journey and the way may be narrow and through dark places, but he is with us.

The wide road leads to destruction.

Jesus teaches we are to turn the other cheek, carry the extra load, give what we have without question and we are to love our enemies. Jesus teaches, we are to abide in him and ask for what we need.

The narrow way is the way of trust in God, the wide way is the way of violence.

The wide way is the way of those who deny the knowledge of the Lord. We are to be humble and modest, knowing what is helpful on the journey, denying ourselves so we are free to follow Jesus. The Lord is the giver of peace, the author of the true freedom that brings us to the abundant life we were created to live. The truth and way to life are there from the beginning, Jesus the alpha and the omega; the first and the last.

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We meet at the chapel on a

Wednesday evening at 8pm until 8-40pm

for a period of prayer including 20 minutes silent prayer.

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