The New Testament of the Bible contains the three synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. They are called the synoptic Gospels because they contain many of the same accounts of Jesus' life and words. They also contain some "hard sayings" of Jesus. We find one such "hard saying" in Matthew 10:37-38, where Jesus speaking to the twelve disciples says, "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me". Jesus is saying that the only worthy response to what He has done for us is to put Him first in all our affections and in all of our daily lives. Anything less is an unworthy response to what Jesus has done for us on the Cross. That is a hard saying, it is why Jesus calls it "our cross" to bear, and says "he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me".
The promise is that we are never alone when we put God first. In this "hard saying" of Jesus, He is also quoting from Micah 7:5-7. Micah was an Old Testament Prophet who looked forward to the coming of Jesus during a difficult time in the history of Israel and Judah because they were not faithful or worthy in their response to the Lord. But Micah says of those who seek to respond by putting God first, "Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me". Tomorrow, during our Family Service, we will look at this some more.
This Saturday our Family Service will take place as normal at 11.15am on
Zoom and Facebook. In the afternoon, there will be a special Church Family Fellowship at 3pm with the Victorio Family on Zoom. They are planning to leave late March for their long-term mission trip to the Philippines. They will be greatly missed but we are also excited to see what the Lord has planned for them.
Tonight (Friday) at 8pm, after Adult Sabbath School at 7pm, we will watch the third instalment of the six part series on the Book of Daniel. Pastor Gary Kent from Australia will lead out in the series exploring the historical sections of the book of Daniel. On Monday at 7.30pm, we will continue our series looking at the Apostle Peter's First Letter in the New Testament, believed to have been written from Rome, towards the end of his ministry. All events will be shown in our GYL Zoom room.
- Pastor Mark Borrett
Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.