Friday, 15 December 2017

In Transit

He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. Luke 2:5.

There is no mention of a donkey for the journey that Joseph and Mary took to Bethlehem for Caesar's census, or that the number of wise men were three when they came to worship the newly born king, so there is a bit of artistic license in biblical art at times. A donkey would not be out of place though.Luke 19:30-38.

The babe in the manger would grow up in the Spirit of the Lord and yearly would travel to Jerusalem for the passover.Luke 2:41-52.


Thursday, 14 December 2017

Whom or what do you serve.

In the Christ child lays a deep mystery that shall be revealed over a relatively young life span across the pages of Scripture. For in Him is deliverance and promise of universal and eternal proportion including dominions unknown to the current laws of limited nature. The modern world tends to favour impersonal algorithms and mathematical data along with the unobservable and miraculous in astronomy and biology as we become clothed in machines, robotics, electronics and circular secular knowledge. But this all springs from our unique humanity that sets us apart and which beforehand sprung from God in the first place.

To those that claim that God does not care or God does not act or God is dead ought to be reminded that it is really humanity that does not care or is not really interested in God despite the created order that beholds a witness to the creator and dismisses the Christ as a mere human that does not amount to whom He said he was.

In essence it is not God that is dead but the heart of humanity which would rather settle for the consumption of possession’s and measures of human greatness over and above the God who made all things and came to us in humility and truth to us who are blinded by our unjustified and foolish pride. The bah humbug snub to God as if he doesn’t really matter or we shouldn’t really be that joyful over something amazing as Christmas seems to me an amazing gesture of unbelief or an identity crisis where we are coerced to hide our true selves away as if we were an island of lepers filled with shame or guilt or misery.Luke 1:46-80. Scripture tells us Mary or Zechariah wouldn’t choose that path. In all the diversity and  idealised equality that existed in more ancient times also,God still calls His people to come out and be separate. Just as God separated the seas from the sky and land and created various creatures for various functions we are to serve God and love Him as He loves us with all our hearts and lives and only in His boldness and grace can we be a transformed and renewed people to declare His praise.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Consistent God, faithful God.

Whatever Caesar Augustus may have imagined regarding his temporal greatness in history and his instigated government census to grasp the measure of his kingdom, God’s seemingly insignificant people continued to live and walk by faith.

In the midst of apparent greatness a greater kingdom is at work and so it is today on any given political landscape until all things are accomplished. Yes many are busy making history and greatness in the hall of fame for fifteen minutes of glory and power and dominion. Cities, towns, nations and peoples. 2 Kings 5:12-14.Time and again God provides the simplest of things, seemingly weak & useless and unimportant.


Monday, 11 December 2017

Striking and satisfying God

You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, Psalm 65:5.

This is a satisfaction song and that satisfaction is found in God alone, God who forgives sin in infinite mercy and boundless grace and the God who blesses the earth so that we may be fed. It is an unbroken hallelujah of praise and adoration that has no hint of somber and sad tones or macabre tunes.

Like the abundance of a generous host and table spread with good things and a wonderful fellowship of peace and harmony. It doesn’t get any better than knowing God who alone can satisfy, He has come into our fragmented brokenness that we may be made whole.

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee,
Op’ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!

Henry J van Dyke 1907.

Bird of Paradise


Friday, 8 December 2017

Rethinking that big big story

When science goes beyond science all kinds of things are asserted. 
But dig a little deeper and the limitations become obviously apparent.
In as much as evolution is claimed to be science it is more a case of yehnah.


We Three Kings

The capes and crowns are gone but the finer things in life are still very much a part of, and make many of us distinguishable from, the ruling elite in our modern era. The not so lavish stable seems a most unfitting place for a mother to give birth and a child & king to be born let alone the maker of heaven & earth bound up in the promises made to Abraham and the covenants that followed. Yet that is where the great light led the wise men from the east with their gifts and homage. Matt 2:1-12.


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Heaven's door came down

Vincent Willem van Gogh & the Christmas tree

The borrowed visual image is big in the 21st Century. Semi plagiarised, semi photo shopped & re-contextualised images that bear out our reality. A mind meld, a cryptic nod of similarity and difference to the past. The poor ‘man's’ modern art that is often an expression of humour…we like to have a laugh.

OT Israel was often reminded to look back at its iconic history. Places and people in time that had memorial and historical significance for the present. But it wasn’t for a laugh but a time of serious reflection, thanksgiving and deep joy for what God had done to redeem them from the oppressor in the house of slavery.

And it is the same today for the church/people who belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. With even more significance than a world war the Christ child came to bring peace to a world in rebellion and therefore at war with God. This peace that came at great cost is for all the nations and also the promise of a renewed created order. Nothing compares to it, nothing at all, here on earth or beyond into the vast array of blackened space and shining swirling stars of great proportion and scale that also must submit to the wisdom and order of the Mighty God who holds all things in His hands (so to speak). Isaiah 9:2-7.


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Pure love, pure light, pure life.

If you take note of the media you probably have noticed the ‘powerful men’ thing in relation to sexual advances and favours where pressure is placed upon women to give into the advancement or suggestion.

Biblically speaking one of the first incidents that come to mind is David & Bathsheba and Scripture is not without its rape and seduction stories either which speaks of our fallen and sinful nature as we seek gratification and pleasure or power in places that we should not go as we reap what we sow. “These are the days of our lives where the bold and the beautiful are young and restless and bored.”(Compilation of American cultural icons) Naturally we want to glory in anything other than God and His ways unless it gives us advantage.

This is again the message of Christmas. God has come into our mess, our darkness, our shame that we shall be set free from bondage and decay and called to holy living. Eph 5:1-5. Not the secular or worldly holy of trial by media or gossip and selective morality and memory but an almighty holy, holy, holy where it is God whom measures the depths of the human heart  against the purity of His eternal & discerning Spirit. Isaiah 6:3. And this again is the message of Christmas. An almighty all powerful God mighty to save lays aside His Glory, abhors not the virgin’s womb and comes to us for our sakes for we are not able to save ourselves from the sting with it's misery of sin and death. 

There are  powerful angels and a powerful God who does what is just and good. And He is at work in this sad world of worry and woe so much in need of healing. Thine be the power and the glory, for ever and ever amen.


Monday, 4 December 2017

Thermodynamics, aerodynamics and society dynamics

Busy, busy, busy, busier. It’s that time of year when things are coming to an end (like creation itself) and many parties and gatherings are being organised to celebrate that in the name of Christmas, Xmas and holidays.

As a nation that has opened up to multiculturalism and hyper capitalism and hybrid socialism there are a lot of mixed messages and influences that pervade our high and low and deplorable societies as Asia turns into the Middle east and Europe and the America’s and Oceania.

Linguistically out of Babel with accent and biologically out of Eden with pigmentation & Biogenesis we roam. East, west, north and south, united in division and déjà vu as we seek power and might to obtain prosperity and peace and a dominant mainstream culture.

The encouragement to assimilate is strong, the subtle suggestions and bold assertions to forget about God and His Word which apparently have no relevant place in the 21st Century seem endless. Christianity is assigned its place in an inner room out of sight and out of mind.

The great I AM my own boss and my own god of the modern secular is proudly unconnected to the God who made all things. Seemingly neutral but very geared and very loaded the convoy rumbles and rattles.


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Majestic Array

“Christ, by highest heaven adored - Christ, the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold him come - Offspring of the Virgin's womb

Late in time…not the late that has been brought about by unforeseen circumstances but late as in observation over a span of time and a figure of speech. And neither was the Christ child early but exactly on time (something the Japanese and a NASA like culture would see as a most honourable thing).

Like the precisely timed music interlaced with instruments and song the angels declare praise to God and witness to the shepherds who in turn visit the Christ child, the Messiah and long expected Jesus wrapped in cloths and layed in a manger. Isaiah 11:1-11.

The Creator God lays His Glory down and humbly takes on the veil of human flesh.Such is His love.