This term we will be working our way through the Old Testament and delving into Gods constant plan for His world in mission. Through the series we are utilising the Bible Timeline pictures to keep where we are in context. As we dive in deeper, we will find that Paul did not invent global mission, and that on the contrary, God has had it on His heart from the very beginning of time.
Christianity has only ever been one stinky corpse away from being disproved. But the account of the tomb has rung out consistently for two millennia just as it was spoken first to the women who went to anoint His dead body;
You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
Johns Gospel uniquely shows the brilliant, creative teaching of Jesus, through the eyes of his disciples. Throughout the series, we will see how Jesus continually disrupts the cultural and religious barriers of the people around him by showing them Truth, Way and Life. What we will begin to see as we meditate on the Red Letters found in Johns Gospel, is that just below the surface, within the subtext, Joy overflows.
There are stories and poems throughout the Scriptures that don’t ignore or gloss over the very real questions and pains of this day. They transcend all the analysis with the very straight forward acknowledgement that whatever this day is, it’s a gift to be embraced and engaged and maybe even enjoyed.
Throughout his letters, Paul reveals to us how persecution makes us doubt the goodness of God, and temptation blinds us to the gifts of God. So how can we ensure our faith won’t leave us stranded? How can we have an adrenalised faith that will go the distance?
Accounts in the scriptures like the ones we find in Daniel, show us the faithfulness of our God. They reveal a lot about the nature of our ancestors and how they viewed the world, and even more, about the saving, redemptive nature of God. The Israelites who are in exile, chose to disobey the Kings orders and bow down to an idol - who are then are thrown into a fire, and SURVIVE the flames, all because of their faith in the God, Yahweh. However, this account is in stark contrast to the stories we find in the New Testament. The familiar suffering and tribulation that we ourselves can often tell of first-hand, differs dramatically to the stories that we read about in the Old Testament.
Has God forgotten about his people? Where does God stand in suffering and in injustice? Does wrongdoing and pain and inequity and miscarriage win? The writer wants us to be aware that while there are flames and even death, there is someone else standing in the flames beside you, a strength that can pull you through the flames, and even through death itself. Or as the writer of Daniel puts it, strength and power looking like the “Son of God”.
This story is a powerful reminder that “faith” isn’t about the belief in the right kind of god - a god that can protect you supernaturally from the flames in life. Though He can, and He often does. “Faith” isn’t even about understanding the supernatural way that He spoke the world into being. Though He did, and He continues to do so. “Faith” is the understanding that we find ourselves in this world now - full of all the injustices, illnesses, sufferings, destructive forces and powers and death, and that He has called you to be different - to renounce evil and stand against hatred and malice of all kinds in seeking Him, and His Kingdom - and more than anything, the understanding that He stands with you through it.
Because faith through that kind of suffering could change the world.
Join with Senior Assistant Pastor Geoff Leader and the NewLife@Night service, as he explores Daniel deeper.
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