13 May 2018

Dear Friends,

I say this every year when it comes to the Ascension of Jesus – 40 days after Easter Sunday – that it the most neglected day in the Christian Calendar.  I understand that after Ascension Day was removed as a public holiday in the 1990’s that it faded into obscurity in the minds of most people, but it is actually one of the most important days of the Christian year!  Not because something rather fantastical happened to Jesus (his going up, before the eyes of his disciples, into the clouds to return to God, the Father), but because his return or ascension was to a place of AUTHORITY, over all of creation! 

In Matt 28:18 Jesus states it plainly before he ascended – “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me!”  Notice, not ‘some authority’ or ‘limited authority’ or ‘regional authority’, but ALL authority. 

The Ascension of Jesus is all about authority and power!  And we need to be asking ourselves, ‘who has the authority and power in our lives’?  The world will have us believe that we are masters of our own destiny and future.  That we are beholden unto no one!  That we must fiercely reject any attempts to challenge or remove our ‘self-authority’.  As the children’s song pronounces, “I am the king of the castle and you are the dirty rascal!”  “So, I am not going to let this Jesus character take control of my castle!”

But, the truth is that none of us are ever the kings of our castles!  Either our hearts will be ruled by the values and gods of this world such as money, greed, pleasure and pride, or they will be ruled by the values of God’s kingdom and the king himself, Jesus!

I choose to invite the Holy Spirit to take control of my castle, even when I sometimes try and knock him off his throne.  I would far prefer to live with a ruler in my life who wants the best for me and offers me a relationship in which my heart and mind are transformed as he blesses me with a life to be lived to the full; as opposed to living under the control of ideas and influences and relationships that are intended to bring me pain, suffering and destruction. 

Of course, the Ascension of Jesus is not only about who rules my heart and yours, but also about the FACT that Jesus is Lord of ALL – the whole of the universe!  Perhaps some in the world don’t recognise this yet, but that does not change the fact that it is true! 

Jesus IS Lord!  AMEN!

With all my love, Chris

OUR VISION

To see the LOVE and REIGN of God renew the world (Luke 4:43)

OUR MISSION

To be a community of God's people who SERVE the world's needs.  CALL people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.  FORM believers into disciples and GO into the world to proclaim God's Kingdom.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
13 May 2018

Dear Friends,

I say this every year when it comes to the Ascension of Jesus – 40 days after Easter Sunday – that it the most neglected day in the Christian Calendar.  I understand that after Ascension Day was removed as a public holiday in the 1990’s that it faded into obscurity in the minds of most people, but it is actually one of the most important days of the Christian year!  Not because something rather fantastical happened to Jesus (his going up, before the eyes of his disciples, into the clouds to return to God, the Father), but because his return or ascension was to a place of AUTHORITY, over all of creation! 

In Matt 28:18 Jesus states it plainly before he ascended – “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me!”  Notice, not ‘some authority’ or ‘limited authority’ or ‘regional authority’, but ALL authority. 

The Ascension of Jesus is all about authority and power!  And we need to be asking ourselves, ‘who has the authority and power in our lives’?  The world will have us believe that we are masters of our own destiny and future.  That we are beholden unto no one!  That we must fiercely reject any attempts to challenge or remove our ‘self-authority’.  As the children’s song pronounces, “I am the king of the castle and you are the dirty rascal!”  “So, I am not going to let this Jesus character take control of my castle!”

But, the truth is that none of us are ever the kings of our castles!  Either our hearts will be ruled by the values and gods of this world such as money, greed, pleasure and pride, or they will be ruled by the values of God’s kingdom and the king himself, Jesus!

I choose to invite the Holy Spirit to take control of my castle, even when I sometimes try and knock him off his throne.  I would far prefer to live with a ruler in my life who wants the best for me and offers me a relationship in which my heart and mind are transformed as he blesses me with a life to be lived to the full; as opposed to living under the control of ideas and influences and relationships that are intended to bring me pain, suffering and destruction. 

Of course, the Ascension of Jesus is not only about who rules my heart and yours, but also about the FACT that Jesus is Lord of ALL – the whole of the universe!  Perhaps some in the world don’t recognise this yet, but that does not change the fact that it is true! 

Jesus IS Lord!  AMEN!

With all my love, Chris

OUR VISION

To see the LOVE and REIGN of God renew the world (Luke 4:43)

OUR MISSION

To be a community of God's people who SERVE the world's needs.  CALL people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.  FORM believers into disciples and GO into the world to proclaim God's Kingdom.