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Find out how Jesus brings real forgiveness this Easter season.
Good Friday – 18th April 2014, 9am – Jesus brings real freedom!
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Easter is the time we remember that Jesus brings forgiveness to all those who come to him for a fresh start.
Yet for most people, Easter is just a time for public holidays, chocolate eggs, and a giant bunny.
The only way we can change our world from missing the true point about Easter is by telling people what Jesus brings through Easter.
Whether it’s at work, school, or with our family, neighbours and friends, tell them that you love Easter because it’s when you celebrate how Jesus brings forgiveness and how Jesus brings hope in the face of death.
And most of all, if you’re chatting to someone who doesn’t know Jesus, then invite them to our three ‘Jesus brings’ services on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and the Sunday after that, so they can hear Adam tell us about the forgiveness that Jesus brings because of Easter.
It might come as a surprise, but Jesus was one of the most anti-religious people to ever walk the planet.
Instead of rewarding the religious leaders, he called them hypocrites because of the way they misrepresented God.
He did this because Christianity is not about how people climb up to God by doing religious acts, but instead about how God climbs down to us in order to save us.
As we read in Titus, “when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” (3:4-5)
This is why Jesus brings freedom from religion! For, “in his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
Are you free from religion?
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Over this past week I have been privileged to spend three days at the ‘City to City Pastors and Planters Conference’, featuring Tim Keller from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York.
Whilst there are many insights that I will take and use in the weeks, months and years to come, a particular aspect of the conference that was of great interest was the challenge to truly understand the context of the suburb in which our church is located.
As we better understand the worldview of the non-Christian people in our local suburbs, then we’ll be better-equipped to ensure that the expression of our ministry at Oak Flats Anglican hits the mark for those in our city who don’t yet know Jesus, whilst we still maintain the historical truth that has been passed down to us.
Let us pray that God will give us great inroads into the suburb of Oak Flats and the region of Shellharbour, as we seek eagerly to see the lost won for Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father.
One of the truths about Jesus that is so often confused is what his true nature is really like.
Some people tend to think that Jesus is more ‘God’ than ‘man’, and that he only really appears to be human. Some people tend to think that Jesus is a bit more ‘man’ than ‘God’, and that he only really appears to be divine.
Neither of these views are right: in every way, Jesus was fully God, and fully man.
So, Thomas could rightly address Jesus as, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28), the man who in the same Gospel was described as “The Word became flesh” (John 1:14).
The impact of holding these two truths together means that Jesus, the divine Son of God did not just take on part of of our humanity, but all of it… and he took it all to the cross.
And so, as famous, historical theologian Gregory of Nazianzus rightly noted, “That which he has not assumed he has not healed.”
Praise God that Jesus became truly human in every way so that he could fully save us. Amen!