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Reviving the Despairing Print E-mail

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Queen as she mourns the loss of her husband, HRH Prince Phillip, whom after 73 years of marriage she described as ‘her strength and guide’.  For his part, we have seen how he served the Queen and the Commonwealth with his gifts and talents for 68 years. The Duke’s death has come as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The Duke was born a prince but had a difficult, orphan-like childhood in exile before excelling in education and in the Navy and then marrying the future Queen living in palaces, surrounded by wealth.  He lived a remarkable 100 years but has died reminding us, as Hebrews says ‘it is appointed unto man once to die but after this the judgment’.  

It is surely the saddest aspect of life - everyone dies. Death is the thief people don’t want to talk of and certainly in most cases, even Christians, is the event they are least prepared for. Are you?

As we reflect on Jesus’ life, we see that he too was born a prince and had a difficult childhood as a refugee and in early adulthood grew through his testing in the wilderness before embarking on just 3 ½ years of service ‘to seek the lost’ and ‘to serve and give his life a ransom for many’.  Prince Phillip influenced many young people with his Duke of Edinburgh scheme.  Jesus came changing many through teaching, healing and driving out demons. He still is!

Mary Magdalene was one person that Jesus set free, driving from her ‘seven demons’.  We can’t begin to imagine the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual trauma she experienced, nor, as her response, the depth of love she had for Jesus. Although conjecture, she may have been the ‘sinful woman’ who anointed Jesus with alabaster and tears in Luke 7. It was certainly true that Mary ‘loved much’ because she had been ‘forgiven much’. No doubt she felt safe and secure and loved in the presence of Jesus and her love led her to follow Jesus and support him from her means but also to follow him to Golgotha and witness the horrors of his crucifixion and the finality of his burial. So, given her story and safety with Jesus can you imagine her shock at Jesus’s death? Her mourning on the Sabbath? Her eagerness to anoint his body on the 3rd day? As she stands outside the tomb in her vulnerability, weeping, not just tears of grief but tears of deep despair, we sense the depth of her brokenness. What would happen to her now?  Would the demons of her past return to torment her? And having given her means to support Jesus how would she survive? Who would protect her? But then Jesus appears, not as she remembered, and with two questions ‘why are you crying?’ and ‘who are you looking for?’. She turns to him from the empty tomb, pleading as though he were the gardener, before he speaks her name ‘Mary’.  It’s a moment of deep tenderness and revival, to which she respond ‘Rabboni’.

Unlike the Duke, Jesus is alive and still serving, still healing, still driving out demons, still changing lives.  Today, you may be experiencing loss, discouragement, worry but remember Jesus responds with tenderness to our cries and longings! So let us take time to do this and hear our living Lord speak our name and allow him to revive our hearts.  

 
Becoming a Christian Print E-mail

Becoming a Christian requires recognition of our failings - our sin - that separate us from God and a personal decision to believe in Jesus Christ as the only one who can save us from the consequences of sin and then to journey with him through life and into eternity following his way revealed in the Bible and through prayer.  Here's a link to a clip that explains. 

 


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