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    Something cropped up on the Facebook newsfeed that grabbed my attention. It was an incredibly moving account of a young woman who is currently battling for the third time with cancer!

    She appeared on America’s Got Talent with a song she wrote about her life called ‘It’s Okay!’ Her name is Jane Marczewski, a.k.a.”Nightbirde”.

    After her moving performance, and when the judges were expressing their thoughts she interrupted with this incredible statement, which not only stunned the judges but it stunned me also. I stopped the video, took it back a few seconds to listen again and write it down. Here’s what she said:

    08_Aug_Contentment

    Such wisdom! Having battled not only with this horrible illness two times before, she has also suffered the breakdown of her marriage! And now she is sick again and she has been informed that she has only a two percent chance of survival!

    It doesn’t get much worse for an individual than that, so I guess she feels in her heart that she has absolutely nothing to lose by entering this talent competition!

    A little bit of research about this beautiful young woman tells me that she is God fearing and may possibly be a true Christian. Through her seasons of suffering all alone she has acquired such insight that any thinking person would deeply admire, and her statements all reflect the importance of being content and making the most of time.

    What an incredibly valuable concept that is woefully missing in today’s ‘system’ and all those in it!  You don’t have to look far to observe what has been revealed during this Covid crisis, and the many restrictions that have been enforced on us.

    After being cooped up for prolonged periods of time, some people could only think about when would be able to ‘party’ again once restrictions were lifted!

    But society in general lacks contentment because human nature craves for more, and is never satisfied with what we possess! This is the reason why some of those with a fortune to their names are constantly looking for something else to fill or thrill them. Many of these people’s lives are all broken. And yet others with very little of this world’s goods are so peaceful, content and radiantly happy.

    The beloved Lord Jesus knew what it was like on both ends of the spectrum.

    He left the heights and the splendour of heaven, to come into this world via a virgin womb and was born in abject poverty. God could have chosen to bring Him into the world via a princess in a palace, but He came and was subject to the care of a couple with very few possessions of their own and nowhere to go except to the places where God told them.

    The Bible tells us that: “… Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” 2 Corinthians 8: 9.

    It is wonderfully possible in this chaotic and woefully lost world to be anchored deep in the truth and fully satisfied. But the secret as it were is not found ‘in this world’! It is entirely found in a Man who now lives outside the time domain. The very power that rose up the precious Son of God from among the dead abides in the lives of all who truly trust in Him for their eternal wellbeing 

    The Bible tells us that: “He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107: 9. And He certainly does… if we let Him!

    But this is not something that just ‘happens’. This is a satisfaction that is developed through being intimately acquainted with Him. This is knowing Him so well by experience that you know that He is sufficient in all circumstances. The longing and hungry soul may try to clamour after the empty promises of this world but it won’t be long before we discover that our efforts are futile like trying to capture water in a bucket full of holes!

    Something important to remember is that it is not what He gives that satisfies, but it is who He is. The Lord Jesus is able to bless super abundantly beyond our imagination, and has a wonderful way of getting into the hidden crevices of our inmost being.

    And when He is welcome there, His peace is our portion as was His desire for His people. Jesus said to His followers: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14: 27.

    In the troubled and restless world in which we live we certainly need the Lord Jesus to be perfectly at home in the centre of our lives; for if He is granted freedom of movement and rest in our ‘Bethany’ heart, then the centre of our lives will remain unmoved when troubles come our way… and they will!

    And if we are satisfied in the One who is at home in the centre of our lives then we will be content whatever our lot in life may be.

    The Apostle Paul said:

    “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
    I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound:
    every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry,
    both to abound and to suffer need.
    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
    Philippians 4: 11-13

    It doesn’t appear to matter what our financial, health, or social status is, we can choose to be discontent or content in whatever state we find ourselves to be in at any moment of time.

    But the secret of such contentment and satisfaction is living and doing everything we do ‘through Christ, who strengthens us.’ Some people may have more strength of character than others and may be able to achieve a state of contentment for a season of time, but it is only through the Lord Himself can this contentment be sustained on a daily basis.

    We ought not to waste our time waiting until circumstances are favourable in order for us to be in a state of peace and contentment. Perhaps for some of us, that time will never come!

    Jesus only is the One who satisfies and now is the time to find that out!

    As a parenthesis I would add that the lyrics of the song include the phrase “it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay if you’re lost, we’re all a little lost, and it’s alright.” I completely understand where she is coming from, but I wouldn’t want to leave that thought without providing a word of hope for all of us who are ‘a little lost’.

    As a Christian I must add that it really isn’t okay to be lost! We’re all a little lost, and that isn’t okay other than to know and understand that this is why Jesus came - “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19: 10.

    To continue to live life lost and to dare to die in that condition is not okay at all! Not when there is a seeking Saviour on the look our for lost souls like yours maybe! Let the Saviour bare the sin that causes you to be lost and trust that when He died alone on the cross, He was dying as your Substitute. Turn away from that old lost life and trust in Him with all your heart, then you will be able to join the countless redeemed people who have the praise of their beloved living Lord and Saviour on their hearts.

    “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay,
    and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
    And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:
    many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
    Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust…”
    Psalm 40: 2-4.

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    When I was composing fresh thoughts for this months Blog entry, my train of thinking was interrupted by a cute little story I heard. Apparently this is a true account of something that happened a little while ago.

    This heartwarming story about a little boy called Thomas who came to School dressed as Superman! When the teacher asked him: "Why are you dressed as Superman?" The little boy replied: “Because Superman is my Uncle!" The teacher smiled and gently chided him for making things up. But he confidently affirmed that this was so, because according to him Superman was really his Uncle!

    He told all of his School mates, he told the playground Assistant, and soon the School Officer was informed about little Thomas and his ‘tales’! The news travelled fast and the little boy and his ‘tale’ of being the nephew of Superman was causing a bit of a stir, and the School Officer got in touch with the little boy's Mother.

    A conversation took place between her and the Officer. There was an expression of concern about her son and his fantasies, and the risk of him growing up believing in the reality of Superman fuelled by his imagined relationship with this fictitious character. “We try to encourage the children not to tell lies!” Said the rather frustrated Officer.

    The child’s Mother quietly listened to the concerns brought before her, and then gently replied that her little boy was telling the truth!

    She got in touch with her brother-in-law to ask if he wouldn’t mind going to the School to ‘save’ Thomas, and sure enough, at the appointed time, Mr Henry Cavill made a visit to the School much to the delight of a whole lot of excited children! Thomas was telling the truth after all, because he is the nephew of the Actor who portrayed Superman in the movie ‘Man of Steel’!

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    Now, our little Island of Jersey is famous for many wonderful things: the world knows us for our famous beautiful cows and the luscious milk they produce, and our lovely ‘Jersey Royal’ potatoes produced in the spring time, Lilly Langtry an actress of yesteryear, the lovely Jersey lily flowers named after her, then our very beautiful Island is a holiday destination for many, and of course - Mr. Henry Cavill (aka Superman) is a Jersey boy! Imagine that, we have our own Superman! :)

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    Some years ago, back when the movie was premiered, I wrote about this event and Jersey‘s 'Man of Steel'. It was an interesting and a proud moment for Jersey, in which I saw a valuable spiritual lesson, you will find it here… 

    But it doesn't take much to see that there is another spiritual insight into this recent incident I would very much like to share with you.

    Please allow me to tell you about somebody that I know is infinitely more powerful than any superhero that this world could ever produce. His name is Jesus.

    The Bible tells us that he is "God manifest in the flesh."  1 Timothy 3: 16.  ”In him dwells all the fullness of the godhead bodily." Colossians 2: 9. If ever we want to know what God is like, All we have to do is take a look at His beloved Son, because…

    "God who at sundry times and in diverse manners spoke in times past
    under the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,
    whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
    who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person,
    upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins,
    set down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
    Hebrews 1: 1-3.

    When the people of that day when Jesus walked this earth were looking at Him, they were seeing God in the beauty and perfection of His character. This is what the apostle John writes about Him:

    "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.
    The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him;
    and without him was not anything made that was made.
    And the word was made 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."
    John 1: 1-3, 14.

    When He lived on Earth around about 2000 years ago, He was able to solve all sorts of human dilemmas. He was able to cleanse the leper, open the eyes of those who were blind, open the ears of those who were deaf, and He was even able to raise people from the dead! He was able to control the weather and commanded a raging storm to be still, and immediately there was a ‘great calm’! He was able to feed thousands of hungry people with nothing more than a young lads provisions for the day: five loaves and two small fishes! He was able to heal the brokenhearted, give dignity to those whose lives were so deep in depravity that they had to hide away from everybody around them. And He was able to deliver those incarcerated by demon possession!

    What a Man was He!
    Isn’t the world looking for someone like this today?

    But sadly the vast majority of people who live in this world don't want anything to do with the beloved Lord Jesus, like they didn’t want Him when He was here, and they are looking for another man, a ‘Mr. Fixit’ to sort out the worlds problems. The man the world is waiting for is destined to arrive on the scene sometime soon, and he will appear to have all the answers to the dilemmas and the problems in which this world has descended into.

    However, I would not recommend any of my readers being here at such a time as this, because unfortunately, Mr. Fixit, or as the Bible calls him - ‘the Antichrist’ will not be the person who everyone will have been led to believe he is. His name suggests that he will be much more than merely being apposed to Christ, but rather, he will rise to power … ‘instead of’ Christ! As the Lord Jesus was God in a human body, so the Antichrist is the complete opposite!

    This man will be the Devil himself in a human body!

    Those who are here to see this man rise to fame will have missed the most marvellous event that every Christian today is, or rather ought to be looking forward to, and that is the promised coming of our beloved Lord Jesus to take us away from this world to be with Himself.

    "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.
    I go to prepare a place for you.
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
    that where I am, there ye may be also.”
    John 14: 1-3.

    This is what the Bible calls our “blessed hope“. (See Titus 2: 13.)

    After this miraculous event, which is set to happen very soon, (although we do not know it's appointed time), the world will descend into chaos and perplexity. While the world will be going through a time of great tribulation, God’s people who trusted in the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour while here on earth will be safe in His presence away from all the horrors that this world is about to experience.

    This precious Man who ‘came into the world to save sinners’ like you and me, He is able to deliver all those who are trusting in Him from the wrath to come upon this world and all those who reject Him.

    He has already done all that is necessary to ‘save’ us from this demise when He ‘showed up’ and lived His perfect and sinless life, (which displayed the life and character of God), and ultimately gave up His own life on the cross, (which displayed the love of God).

    There on the cross He did something infinitely greater than any super hero could ever do - He took our place, and in His own body He bore the wrath of God we deserved. 

    Because the sinless Savior died my sinful soul is counted free
    For God the just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me
    C.L. Bancroft

    The world is set to endure the wrath that Jesus died to shelter us from. But sadly those who reject God’s offer of pardon and deliverance will have to face the wrath of God on their own.

    Much wiser it is to trust implicitly in the Lord Jesus, ‘who loved us and gave Himself for us,’ so we can be forever with Him and in His divine protection rather than to risk being left behind to face the horrors that are yet to come! 

    Do not trust your own chances, or wait another moment of time - the promise of Jesus’ coming could happen at any moment. Come and join those of us who are occupied in the interests of our beloved Lord while we are watching and waiting for His promise to be fulfilled.

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    “Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine.
    And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.”
    John 21: 12

    A small company of disciples of the Lord Jesus returned to their fishing boats they left a while ago. It was a while since they had seen the risen Lord and perhaps a little despondency had crept in. Peter announced: “I’m going fishing”, and the others followed.

    It was a long disappointing night of fruitless work. They caught nothing! What a waste of their time and effort! As they rowed back to the shore feeling defeated and exhausted, they caught sight of ‘a Man on the shore’! He called out to them, asking them if they caught anything? Of course they had to tell Him that they hadn’t.

    At this point they didn’t know who this Man was! But He said something to them that was odd and yet familiar: “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” We don’t read of any conversation going on between the Man on the shore and the exhausted fishermen - they just threw the net into the sea as suggested, and this time they caught a great haul of fish!

    Then the penny dropped as it were; it was John who recognised who the Man was, and said to Peter: “It is the Lord!” Peter, forgetting all about the fish, and how tired he was, grabbed something to put on to make himself decent, launched himself into the water to get to Jesus as soon as he could! The others brought the boat and their catch to shore.

    When they arrived, they saw a fire and the smell of fish and bread cooking wafted from where He was to where they were! How inviting! And after obeying His instructions to bring all the fish ashore, nobody dared question who He was or what He was telling them to do, because they now knew who this Stranger on the shore was.

    The disciples knew that their earlier efforts were fruitless. Their energy was spent and they were defeated. And all this because they went back to the life they had been called from to become ‘fishers of men’!

    Why did they do this? Was it because they grew despondent waiting for Him after He rose from the dead? They had seen Him a couple of times before, but it had been a while since then. He told them to wait, but for how long He didn’t say! And so they did what came naturally. There was nothing wrong with what they did, but now it was a fruitless work because Jesus had given to them a more noble calling, and they had to wait until He made them ready for this, their new vocation.

    None of us like waiting do we? If we are not careful the weight and impact of the Words of God gradually dissolve and we begin to drift back to the life from which we were delivered. Perhaps there is nothing wrong with some of those things we used to do or think … but now the doing of them, the occupying of ourselves with those things we once spent our time doing has become a fruitless waste of our time and energy.

    The Lord has given to each of as a high calling … a life that cannot be lived in our own strength or according to our own ability. However, most of us, if we were honest would have to admit have wondered off at some time or other and done our own thing. And what has become of that? Perhaps our lives resemble what was said of the disciples after toiling all night … “That night they caught nothing!” If it was not for this precious account we might feel like bowing our heads in shame and giving up!

    But just as He was there for the disciples, so He is there for us.
    Bless God that there is ‘A Man on the Shore’ for us also!

    Did He reprimand them for not waiting for Him, and for returning to their old life? Was He harsh with these exhausted men? Had He given up on them, like perhaps we would do either on ourselves or someone else? Of course not! He had every right to express His disappointment in His failing followers but He didn’t. Perhaps this is because the Bible tells us that: “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” Psalm 103: 13-14.

    This precious account gives to us all hope in the fact that while we still have a few moments of time left, we can do something meaningful and of eternal value with them. Our lives may have left us exhausted, defeated and fruitless, but our Man on the shore is there to give us hope. 

    Does this give us the license to live careless lives knowing that everything will turn out all right in the end? Absolutely not! The Bible says: “to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4: 17. But it does give to the one with a true and contrite heart the comfort in the knowledge that the same Saviour who came to die in the place of sinners like you and me, receives them all whether we are a lost sinner or a saved sinner!

    My beloved Lord Jesus who is gracious and long-suffering and is not willing that any should perish, also extends all the grace necessary for the wondering believer to arrive home in heaven with many treasures awaiting him … or her :)

    And so what of all those wasted hours, days, weeks … even years? Is there anything left that we can give to our loving Lord that He will value? How will the moments of time that we have left amount to anything in eternal ages?

    My beloved Lord Jesus is a wonderful Restorer. He restores the soul of the wonderer, and He restores 'the years that the locust have eaten.' (Joel 2: 25.) Look at the barren land after the locusts have been free to devour it! My beloved Lord has the incredible ability to restore out of the barren life fruitfulness, as if all those wasted years had never happened.

    The Man on the shore took them back as it were to the place where they went astray and brought them back to Himself. Soon they would go in the power of His gracious Holy Spirit with a message that would change the whole world.

    Our beloved Man on the shore can do the same for you so that you can prosper both in time and for eternity! Don’t delay - He in abundant grace and mercy is waiting on the shore just for you. 

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    05_May_What Time is It

    All of us have a time piece of one type or another. A wall clock, desk clock, one in the car on the dashboard display, on the computer, on our phone, or something on our wrist, be it of the conventional type or somewhat more technical that does a lot more than tell us what time it is! :)

    We have our diaries, our memos, our calendars, which help us to manage this commodity we call time. We mark events, we prepare for them and when they come and go, we are looking for the next one.

    Children impatiently wait for their birthday, or Christmas. Most young folks can’t wait for school to finish and the holidays to begin. Young lovers count down the days to their marriage day. On into life, and we’re looking at the clock waiting for the work day to end so we can head off home, then still further on we are looking forward to retirement.

    It goes on and on, and without realising it, we are locked in time. Some try to cram into it as much as they can, while others waste it away. The problem is, we only have a limited amount of it, and most of us have less of it than we thought.

    Whatever the answer we have at the moment to the question:
    “What time is it?” We would have to face the fact and admit that ‘it is late!’

    All of our plans and personal organisers might be telling us it is ‘this season’ or 'that season’, but we only have to see the environment in which we are living to see that it is late! We only have to observe the news reports to realise that it is late. In fact it is VERY late!

    What have we done with our lives so far? And where are they heading? Everyone has their own answer to the first question, but there are only one of two answers to the second! Perhaps you might be somebody who would prefer not to be challenged with a question like that, but it is better to address this important issue now rather than wait until it’s too late to do something about it. This issue is not going to go away while ignoring it, look how uncertain things are getting out there in the world - is it worth taking the risk?

    “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
    Proverbs 27: 1.

    Everyone has their plans and are not too pleased with having them interrupted by the Covid crisis, but now things might appear to be getting back to some sort of normality, those all important plans are being taken up once again. But what happens after all those plans for your life have perhaps been fulfilled?

    A wise old sage once asked young man one day, ‘what plans do you have for your life?
    He answered, ‘Well, I hope to graduate with honours after my studies.’
    To which he asked the young man, ‘And then what?’
    The young man answered, ‘I would like to start my employment and work my way up the ladder.’
    ‘And then what?’ Asked the man once more.
    ‘I would like to own my own home, find someone and get married.’
    The question came to him again, ‘And then what?’
    ‘I would like us to have children and see them grow up and do well in their education.’ 
    He gently asked again, ‘And then what?’
    ‘I would like to get my promotions so that I can retire comfortably.’ 
    ‘And then what?’ The old man kept probing.
    ‘We would like to see our children get married, and have children of their own. We would like to enjoy our grandchildren, retirement and holidays etc.’
    By now the young man was hoping that he would not be asked that question anymore, but once again he was asked, ‘And then what?’
    The young man got uncomfortable and said sombrely, ‘Then I’ll die!’
    Thinking that would be the end of the conversation, he sighed feeling a little defeated, but the old man asked him, just one last time …. ‘And - then - what?’

    Dear friend, it is later than it has ever been, and the vast eternity is nearer than what you think. If that old man was to probe you like he did to the young man mentioned above, what would be your answer.

    Long ago when the children of Israel were delivered by God from Egypt and Pharaoh its wicked king, they were delivered from slavery, and from the worship of Egypt’s false gods to serve the living God. The firstborn in every household sheltering under the blood of a lamb that was sacrificed, was delivered from the angel of death that was to passover the land the night prior to their departure.

    Once they were delivered, this marked the beginning of a brand new life, and God marked this event by giving to them a brand new calendar. This was the first day of the first month of a brand new year. And this month was called ‘Nissi’.

    All of the events of the time that had passed before was unrecorded and closed. The only time that mattered to God was the brand new time He gave to them!

    The same is with us. The time that really matters to God in our lives starts the moment we trust in the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world’. John 1: 29. 

    When we humble ourselves before Him in true repentance of our sin, acknowledging that Jesus died in the place of us the sinner, God gives to us a brand new life, and from that moment on, this is the time that is valuable to Him.

    All the plans that we made and the time we spent and wasted outside of His schedule amounts to nothing. Everything begins the moment He comes into the life of the one who trusts Him and allows Him to make them a brand new person. If you are in your nineties and are living on borrowed time - God can do a lot with that precious borrowed time. If you are in your teens and have a potential life time to look forward to - God can do a lot with your precious life.

    But in reality, all of us may have but a few moments left before it is too late, but God can do a lot with those as well, if we give them all to Him.

    I know personally how wonderful it is to know that my destiny is secured. And because of this, every day of my life has meaning and presents an opportunity to invest in eternity. This can be your happy portion as well.

    The Bible tells us clearly that ‘the time is short’.
    The events and circumstances in the world today verify this, and … ’it is VERY late’.

    Soon, God is going to say as it were ‘enough’ to the wickedness that is going on. Soon, He will tell His Beloved Son to ‘go and fetch your bride.’ Because without a shadow of a doubt, the promised coming of the Lord Jesus could happen at any moment. None of us knows exactly when He will come and call all those who trust in Him to Himself to be with Him where He is, but everything is telling us that the moment of time His people are longing for could be on the next breath.

    The patience of God waits and waits for people to repent, and so, if you are among those for whom He is waiting, trust in Him fully and come under the protection of His loving care - because He will not wait forever - ‘His Spirit will not always strive with man’. (See Genesis 6: 3.) Because it is that late, you may no longer have the option to wait another day to address the all important matter of your destiny. It would be utter foolishness to put it off … until tomorrow!

    * The question - What time is it? 
    * The answer - It is VERY late!
    * The resolution - Trust Him now, while you may!

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  5.  

     04_Apr_Who Was This Man

    Who is this Person that comes to the world’s attention a couple of times each year?

    Here we are at that time of the year when the schools take a break, and a long weekend begins, which brings a few days off work for some. So many will be pleased to have a break from the routine, but what is this time of the year all about?

    Like Christmastime, when everyone appears to indulge themselves with little or no thought as to the reason for the season; even so it would seem that many do exactly the same thing at this time also!

    Perhaps some are whispering a ‘thank you’ heavenwards for a long weekend and a holiday to do what they want to do. But I wonder how many are truly thankful for the real reason for this season! 

    But there appears to be a question hovering around in the back of our minds:

    "What and who is this season all about?"

    Now, of course this is a perfectly fitting time to take a closer look at Someone most precious to God and to those who have come to know Him by faith. To the secular world they know that it has something to do with Jesus dying a cruel death by crucifixion and raising from the dead three days later. But that was so long ago, that’s not relevant for today … is it?

    Let us take a look at Jesus, the precious Son of God. The Bible tells us that:

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    The same was in the beginning with God.
    All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made …
    And the Word was made 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.”
    John 1: 1-3, 14

    So much is said in so few words! These beautiful words tell us that Jesus was not merely a man! We are being told here that Jesus was God, and no one less than God Himself! In the book of Colossians we are told that: in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Colossians 2: 9. This simply means that Jesus is all of who God is … in a human body!

    “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
    Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
    by whom also he made the worlds;
    Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person,
    and upholding all things by the word of his power …”
    Hebrews 1: 1-3.

    Everything about this precious Man was the exact expression of God in His essence and in His character, and when the people of that day were observing Him, they were seeing what God is like. Everything about Him from the moment of His conception, every moment of His perfect life, right up to His very last breath was the very life of God living on earth right in front of all to see. From head to toe, from inside to outside, awake or asleep, happy or sad, what Jesus did, is what God would do. Even His inmost thoughts were the thoughts of God.

    What in incredible thing this is … “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh …” 1 Timothy 3: 16.

    This explains how He was able to perform miracles, and relief the suffering of many folks who were bound with sicknesses and even demonic possession. But His abilities were not limited to the human body; He was able to control the elements also!

    In a raging storm that descended upon the vessel He and His disciples were using to go to the other side of the lake, He slept while the others, (some of whom were seasoned fishermen), were toiling with all their might to keep the boat from sinking. At last out of fear and despair they woke Him in question over His care for them.

    Without any malice or weariness over their lack of faith … “He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” Matthew 8: 26-27. I would imagine that they were both in awe, and possibly fearful at the same time. From being afraid of the storm they find themselves in the presence of One more powerful than the storm itself!

    This Man who had grown up among them was like them in many respects, but so unlike them in the fact that He manifested Godlike and miraculous power over what would have otherwise been impossibilities.

    He asked His disciples one day: “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 8: 27-29

    Peter got it! He knew who this precious Man really was! God had revealed this to him, and this was all important knowledge. This was the foundation upon which all of the disciples faith was built, and the foundation upon which the church is built today.

    And it is therefore no surprise to learn that such a One was a pure delight indeed to His Father, and on more than one occasion the heaven was opened as God announced: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” Luke 17: 5.

    We must understand, it wasn’t His abilities that impressed His Father, but it was His sinless and spotless life. At last God could see a Man on earth who was pleasing to Him in every way.

    His every thought, every word, and every deed was fragrant with heavenly character,
    beautiful, pure and utterly perfect!

    One would think that such a wonderful Man would be sought after and embraced by all. After all, this is the Man who was able to heal the sick, feed the hungry, restore sight to the blind, even raise people from the dead … and controlled the weather! He was able to deal with every problem that people faced back then … but He was rejected!

    Such was the wickedness in the heart of mankind. After being betrayed by Judas, and delivered for a mock trial and a severe beating, He was presented to the crowd who had been stirred up by the religious leaders of that day.

    “Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?
    They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
    And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done?
    But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.”
    Matthew 27: 22-23.

    They were in effect saying: “We will not have this man to reign over us.” Luke 19: 14. (The word ‘man’ has been inserted to make reading easier but does not appear in the original text. They wouldn’t even acknowledge Him as a citizen but only a reject at best!)

    However, all of the terrible events that led to the cross, and the hours of suffering that we could see, were a horrific display of what the heart of mankind is really like, while at the same time displaying what the heart of a loving God is like also. 

    But then came three hours of darkness in which the sufferings of Christ were hidden from everyone’s eyes. There He was bearing in His body the wrath of God against the sin of the world, including yours and mine, and He made to meet upon Him all of the accumulated sin from Adam right up to the event of the cross, and all of the anticipated sin from then right up to this present moment of time and beyond.

    Who Was This Man?
    This Man was our Saviour, our Substitute, our only hope!
    And still is!

    But not for much longer! You see, the time is fast running out. The opportunity for people to avail themselves of His saving grace is soon coming to an end. The age in which we live is a time of grace in which sinners can come to the Saviour for cleansing and forgiveness. But this is a period of time that has lasted from the death of Christ on the cross right up to this day.

    Because God was satisfied with the Work accomplished at the cross the Lord Jesus was risen victoriously from the dead on the third day. A great time of rejoicing followed in which the fearful disciples hiding away for fear of the Jews were filled with gladness, and the sorrow of Mary Magdalene was filled with joy, and the doubt and dubious nature of Thomas was turned into rock solid belief and adoring worship. Such is the blessed portion of those who are closely acquainted with the risen Saviour!

    And after spending time with His disciples and many others He was taken back to heaven to prepare a place for those who have trusted in Him, as He promised He would …

    Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.
    I go to prepare a place for you.
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
    that where I am, there ye may be also.”
    John 14: 1-3.

    And all that is happening in the world today are signs that tell us that His coming for His people is very near indeed. Nobody knows just when that event will take place, so we must be ready and waiting; for He could truly come Perhaps Today!

    Perhaps you might have a different view of this long weekend commonly known as the Easter weekend, and I trust that you will not be among those who reject this lovely Man, but be happy to stand with us who love Him and are longing for ‘the blessed hope of His glorious appearing’, which could happen at any moment.

    And so to ask just one more time: Who Was This Man? I believe the best answer to this question comes from the lips of the Lord Himself:

    “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord,
    which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
    I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen …”
    Revelation 1: 8, 18

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