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This is an excellent explanation of Easter. JESUS: The Easter Story – Heaven4Sure

JESUS: The Easter Story – Heaven4Sure
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Who was St Patrick? Legend and rumour has hatched a lot of suggestions but how much detail is really known?This much we do know about this man: it was at about 16 years of age he was kidnapped by Irish marauder pirates, and he was sold as a slave into the service of a local King in the North. Whether he was from Scotland or Wales we are not sure, but most agree that he was a Celt. 


It is said that it was on a rainy day on a hillside in County Antrim, Slemish, where he was tending his sheep, that he had an encounter with God. From an early age he had been taught about Jesus and the gospel but he didn’t have any serious interest and it said that he was practically an atheist as a teenager. The later encounter that he had with God could be summed up just like this: Patrick realised he was a sinner, and then, from that, he realised he needed a Saviour. 




He had trusted in Jesus Christ as his Saviour, and in his writings – his own words – in his confessions he says this: ‘I am greatly God’s debtor, because He granted me so much grace’. He realised that because of the grace of Jesus, how much he owed God. 


A lot of untruths are told about Patrick across the world on St Patrick’s Day but this primitive Christian that we are thinking about today, got it right! He realised he was a sinner first, and then that Jesus Christ was his only hope as a Saviour.


Patrick discovered up on the top of that mountain tending his sheep – that though he was a great sinner, God’s grace was so much greater than his sin. That’s why he exclaimed himself to be ‘God’s debtor’ – how much he owed God. 


So here’s my challenging questions to you. 


Do you realise you are God’s debtor? 

Do you realise that the price of your sin has been paid for at the cross of Jesus Christ? 


That’s the good news of Christianity, that’s why some people talk about ‘Good Friday’. How could it possibly be good? Jesus, the spotless, sinless, Son of God, God’s only begotten Son, is being slain and put to death – what’s good about that? It’s good because He was dying for you, He was bearing the penalty for your sins, He was taking your place so that you could go free. 


Isn’t that wonderful?


We are debtors to God because this is the way the cross works: Jesus, the sinless Son of God, has our sin placed upon Him. He takes our sin as if all our sins were His sins, as if He had committed them Himself personally. He dies like the adulterer, He dies like the idolater, He dies like the thief, He dies like the murderer – and God punishes Him as if He was that. That’s why Patrick realised he was a debtor to God. You see, the Christian message is a message of grace. Ephesians chapter 2 verses 8 and 9 says: ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast’. Now there’s nothing wrong with good works, we could do with a whole lot more of them – but good works will not get you into heaven, because God’s gift of salvation is by grace. Grace simply means ‘a free gift of favour from God, unearned and unmerited’. Why? You can’t pay the price that your sin demands, because Jesus has already paid it at the cross when He cried as He was dying: ‘It is finished!’. The word that he used was ‘Tetelestai’ – and do you know what that word actually means? They used it in commerce in that day and age, when a bill was paid and your debts were all settled, the businessman would write across the debt ‘Tetelestai’ – paid in full.


What a discovery Patrick made up on that mountain in County Antrim, that he was a debtor to God because of His grace. Sir James Simpson was the discoverer of chloroform – you know what that was, an old version of the anaesthetic that is used today. James Simpson made many scientific discoveries during his career, and near the end of his life he was being questioned by a number of science and medical students. He was asked: ‘What has been the greatest discovery that you have ever made?’. This was his answer: ‘My greatest discovery was when I realised that I was a sinner, but Jesus Christ was my Saviour’. Is that a discovery that you have ever made? That’s what changed Patrick’s life. If Patrick hadn’t made this discovery, he wouldn’t have had any good news to preach!


The most famous verse in the Bible probably is John 3:16, you often see it in the football stadiums: ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life’. You see, God loves you so much, and this whole world, that He sent Jesus Christ into this world as the first ever missionary. Someone once said: ‘God had only one Son, and He made Him a missionary’. Patrick was following the example of the great Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus. I want to ask you: have you ever considered Him, Jesus, who came from heaven for you? All that Patrick was doing was following in His footsteps. Do you know the love of God in Christ for you? Romans 5 verse 8 says: ‘God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’. There’s a lot of religious people in the world and they don’t realise that God is a God of love. They see God as an angry God – now, He is angry toward sin. They only see Him as a holy God – and He is a holy God. They see Him as a God of justice, who will judge sin – and He is a God of justice, and one day He will judge sin. But He’s a God of grace, and He’s a God of love – and everything that He does is motivated by that! Do you know that? God’s love is toward you! God is for you, not against you!


‘He left the splendour of Heaven

Knowing His destiny

Was the lonely hill of Golgotha,

There to lay down His life for me’.


Will you trust him?




The Incarnation Of God – Humanity And Deity

By Stephen Baker

Do you understand the Incarnation? Stephen looks at the overwhelming biblical evidence proving that this child in the manger was the incarnation of God.

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The Incarnation

The IncarnationFor a Christian, the event which is celebrated at Christmas is not confined to December or even November. It is not even restricted to being about the Saviour’s infancy; it is actually about more about His deity and that is a truth which bears consideration all year round.

I don’t suppose anyone can ever fathom what it means for God to be born in a manger. How does one explain the Almighty stooping to become a tiny infant? It was the greatest condescension the world has ever known or will ever know. Our minds cannot begin to understand what was involved in God becoming a man. We will never comprehend why He who was infinitely rich would become poor, assume a human nature, and enter into a world He knew would reject Him and kill Him.

Nor can anyone explain how God could become a baby. Yet He did. Without forsaking His divine nature or diminishing His deity in any sense, He was born into our world as a tiny infant. How can both things be true?

Humanity And Deity

For nearly two thousand years, the debate has been raging about who Jesus really is. Some say He is one of many gods, a created being, a high angel, a good teacher, a prophet, and so on. The common thread of all such theories is that they make Jesus less than God.

But let the Bible speak for itself. John’s gospel begins with a clear statement that Jesus is God: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made”(John 1:1-3). Who is “the Word” spoken of in these verses? John 1:14 removes any doubt: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”.

The IncarnationThe biblical evidence is overwhelming that this child in the manger was the incarnation of God. For one thing, He was omniscient (knew all things). John 2:24-25 says that, “But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.” Nathanael was shocked to discover that Jesus knew all about him before they ever met. It was enough to persuade him that Jesus was the Messiah (John 1:48-50). John ch4 describes Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. He knew everything about her (John 4:17-19, 29).

Jesus also did the works of God, saying, “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”(John 14:11). Jesus’ works are convincing proof that He is God. He began His miraculous ministry with a simple act—He created wine at a wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11). Only God can create. Moreover, He healed people who were hopelessly ill. He gave a blind man eyes. He opened ears that had never heard. He restored withered limbs. He created enough fish and bread to feed thousands. He raised the dead simply by command.

This Child Was God

The IncarnationWhy would God become a man and be born in such a lowly manner and let men treat Him the way they did?

“It was the Father’s good pleasure . . . through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:19-20).

He did it to make peace between God and humanity. All of us have sinned, and we sin repeatedly: “There is none righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 2:23). God hates sin and must respond with His wrath. He is a righteous judge who “is angry with the wicked every day”(Psalm 7:11). Humanity reacts with more hatred, rebellion, or indifference toward God: “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18). The only possible response of a holy God to our sin is more than we can bear, for “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

Only Jesus, because He alone is both God and man, could ever resolve the conflict.

He takes the hand of a repentant, yielding sinner and the outstretched hand of a holy yet loving God, and He joins the two. He can forgive our sins, reconcile us to God, and thus make “peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20). And God is not reluctant for that to occur; rather it is the very reason He sent Christ into the world.

God is justifiably angry with our sin. Yet He loves us enough that He gave His own Son to live on earth, die on a cross, suffering the full weight of God’s wrath, which should have been our lot. He paid the penalty for sin and can bring peace between us and God. It could not have been done any other way.

 Stephen Baker

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810-9604-414What does the Bible tell us about the future? The last days of the church on earth

A very high percentage of the bible is about the future. Some people reckon that over a quarter of the Bible deals with future events. Having said that, we need to bear in mind that the truth of the church was hidden in the Old Testament and not revealed until New Testament days. Therefore, we should not expect to find predictions about the conditions in the world during the last days of the church on earth in the Old Testament. On this basis, this article will be based on New Testament references.

Before I continue I need to clarify two things:

  1. What I mean by the word ‘church’, and
  2. That I believe that the church will not always be on earth and so there will be a day when it is taken from earth to heaven.

These two issues will provide a framework for us to work within when considering our question – What does the Bible tell us about the future – the last days of the church on earth! Read the rest of this entry »

I wonder if you have ever thought about how popular Jesus was in his day. The impression we get at times is that he was loved by everyone right up until his rejection by the Jewish authorities, his prosecution by the Roman authorities and his ultimate death of crucifixion.

From the early days of his time on earth, the Lord Jesus was excluded and rejected. There is a considerable period (from age 12-30) where we have very little information about the behaviour and activities of the Lord Jesus.  We do, however, have the commentary of God, the Father, when he publicly spoke from heaven (which was a very unusual thing to do) and said he was delighted with His Son. This indicated that though there is scant information about these eighteen years, there is nothing in that period (or any other period for that matter) that displeased His Father, God.

Let me discuss with you his exclusions – some specific examples relate to Bethlehem, Nazareth, Gadara and Jerusalem.

Bethlehem – even before the Lord Jesus was born he was excluded. Mary and Joseph had travelled ninety miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem. The scriptures record that Mary’s pregnancy came to full term, she brought forth her firstborn son, she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger…..because there was no room for them in the inn. Why – no room? Was it just too busy? Was it something about Mary and her pregnant condition? We are not told, but we know that there was no room. Excluded!

Nazareth – you should read the story for yourself; this is found in Luke 4.16-30. Jesus returns to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. To live all of your life in one place is getting more unusual in the modern world but it was very normal for many years. They would have known Jesus well in Nazareth. I sometimes wonder if they had many unanswered questions about him for he was unique and special in so many ways. He had always gone to the Synagogue and so going on this particular Sabbath day was not unusual. He rises to read, his reading grips the attention of the congregation and they sit spellbound hanging on to his every word. What we know now is that this was the author giving a reading of his book at a private sitting, no wonder they listened so well. When the reading is completed, he makes a statement ‘today is this scripture fulfilled in your ears’. What is he saying? He is claiming that the bible was written about him and that he is fulfilling it before their eyes. They can’t get their heads around it. Is not this Joseph’s son we hear them reply. I will not recount the rest of the incident, but the end of the story is this. The people are angry with Jesus, they rise as one man and expel him from Nazareth with the intention of either killing him or physically hurting him. Excluded!

Gadara – The rejection and exclusion of the Lord Jesus this time is not because of what he claimed but because of what he did. Read about in Mark 5. The Lord arrives in the region of Gadara. He meets a man who can only be described as out of his mind. He is demon possessed, naked, lives in a graveyard, excluded from society and a danger to his community. To keep the story short – he is healed by the Lord Jesus. When the people from the local town come out to see what is going on, they find the previously wild man – sitting, clothed and in His right mind. You would think that they would love the Lord Jesus. They can sleep easy again, things can get back to normal…but. They discover that 2000 pigs had been destroyed in the process of healing the man. They had lost money over this man’s healing, and they were not happy, so they beg the Lord Jesus to leave their region. Excluded!

Jerusalem – It was in this city where he should have been enthroned as King of Israel that he was finally rejected. The current leadership deemed him a threat to their power and position, and they could not risk the consequences of ignoring him. If you read John 11.50 they make it sound quite a prudent move when they state that ‘one man should die for the people…that the whole nation perish not’. This statement was more accurate than they ever imagined. The Lord Jesus would not only die to save a nation but to save a world of men and women in need of his rescue plan of salvation. The intentions of the rulers all came together when the general public was persuaded to reject the Lord Jesus and demand his execution (John.19.15). He was condemned to the death of the cross. Excluded!

So how about you and I? Will we continue to exclude Him. If we do, he will be forced to exclude us on the day of judgement (Matt.25.41) and consign us to eternal punishment for not only breaking God’s law but refusing his great salvation (Heb.2.3). When he comes in judgement on the world, there will be no place to hide, no room for us (Rev.6.14-17).

The good news is He still saves those who call out for salvation (Romans.10.13). An acknowledgement of our sin and resting on the Lord Jesus for salvation is all that is required for you to know the blessing of God’s forgiveness and salvation.

Since Thursday afternoon I have been in Holland. My son and I joined four other guys for a two night trip to The Hague in the Netherlands. It has been a great few days. We visited a number of places in the city, took a walking tour, ate lots of food and enjoyed every minute of it. 


Here are some pictures of The Hague. I’ll be back blogging next week. Until then have a good weekend. 

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