Wondall Road Church
Wondall Road - Easter 2017
Messy Church
Galah in the grounds at Wondall Road
Vi Heaton Hall, Wesleyville
Vi Heaton Hall interior
Wynnum foreshore
Wynnum foreshore
Men's Shed
Reverend Craig Blackburn

 

 

Welcome to Bayside Uniting Church





Dear Fellow Traveller on the Christian Journey of Life,

As we considered last week the temptations of our Lord and found confidence in His power over the subtlety and cunning and distortion that accompanies the devil’s intrigues.   We must be aware of and refuse to accept and enact the seductive suggestions that are contrary to God’s perfect will for us, and so live a holy life in our speech, conduct and attitudes.

Our humanity and imperfections leave us prone to accept the “easy way”; “the popular form of speech and behaviour”; “the second best”; “the lowering of standards” where we “bend the rules to suit our plans.”   All of which consciously or subconsciously are motivated by our own need for prestige or popularity; of power or position (status).

Jesus overcame His temptations as He recognised them for what they were - an attempt to destroy and frustrate the purposes of God --- the salvation story; the redemption of all creation that had lost its way because of the exercise of self will, instead of willingly obeying God.

Luke’s record (13 v. 31 to 35) is of Jesus’ responding to the news that Herod sought to find Him and kill Him.   Jesus reminded the friendly Pharisees who brought this news that He must continue His ministry of casting out demons and curing the sick.   He uses the time span of three days to suggest that the time has not yet come for Him to die, but also that Jerusalem is the place where His death would occur.   He is unconcerned by Herod’s threat as His time was in God’s hands, not Herod’s.   Jesus goes on in verses 34 and 35 (see also Matthew 23 v. 37 to 39) to LAMENT FOR JERUSALEMsymbolic of the nation and all who will not accept His way of living a sacrificial life of obedience to God, rather than by exercising their own self will.

We use the word LAMENT in association with the death of a friend or loved one.   This is appropriate as we grieve over our loss of the person.   Jesus grieves over the loss of trust and obedience of God’s people (Israel), because of the disapproval, denial and non-acceptance by the nation for what He was saying and doing in His ministry.   Even after His resurrection Jesus had to unfold the Divine Purpose for His ministry of sacrificial love that brought Him to the Cross.   He spoke with two of His followers on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24 v. 13 to 35).   Verses 25 and 26 express His Lament in the words, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!   Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?”

Lent notes the importance to LAMENT over our own personal lack of trust in God in every event of our daily living.   But it is also a reminder that to LAMENT also points us in the direction of REPENTANCE for our past and present, with the joyous news of FORGIVENESS and NEW LIFE being available as we TRUST and OBEY – (“for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey”, as the hymn writer expresses our daily walk with our Lord).

A song of mourning or sorrow is called a lament.   LAMENT is a passionate expression of grief; (bereavement); for national disasters.   It is an expression or feeling of grief for or about; being distressed at; or regretful for or over national disasters and of occasions of the judgment of God on people and/or nations.   Our sinfulness (disobedience and lack of trust in God) can lead to LAMENT and is a sign of repentance.   We can read of such occasions listed above in Ezekiel 9 v. 3 to 6; Isaiah 16 v. 9 to11; Amos 5 v. 1 to 2.   There and many occasions in the New Testament where the assurance is given that for those lamenting and repenting there is forgiveness offered by our Loving, Saving, Redeeming Lord.   Such lament is not without   HOPE or the ASSURANCE of FORGIVENESS.   Such lament involvesa sign of genuine sorrow for sin, and our sincere desire to forsake what is not honouring of God within our thoughts, desires, attitudes, speech and actions.  

To God be THANKS for HIS mercy and the VICTORY Dear Fellow Traveller on the Christian Journey of Life,

As we considered last week the temptations of our Lord and found confidence in His power over the subtlety and cunning and distortion that accompanies the devil’s intrigues.   We must be aware of and refuse to accept and enact the seductive suggestions that are contrary to God’s perfect will for us, and so live a holy life in our speech, conduct and attitudes.

Our humanity and imperfections leave us prone to accept the “easy way”; “the popular form of speech and behaviour”; “the second best”; “the lowering of standards” where we “bend the rules to suit our plans.”   All of which consciously or subconsciously are motivated by our own need for prestige or popularity; of power or position (status).

Jesus overcame His temptations as He recognised them for what they were - an attempt to destroy and frustrate the purposes of God --- the salvation story; the redemption of all creation that had lost its way because of the exercise of self will, instead of willingly obeying God.

Luke’s record (13 v. 31 to 35) is of Jesus’ responding to the news that Herod sought to find Him and kill Him.   Jesus reminded the friendly Pharisees who brought this news that He must continue His ministry of casting out demons and curing the sick.   He uses the time span of three days to suggest that the time has not yet come for Him to die, but also that Jerusalem is the place where His death would occur.   He is unconcerned by Herod’s threat as His time was in God’s hands, not Herod’s.   Jesus goes on in verses 34 and 35 (see also Matthew 23 v. 37 to 39) to LAMENT FOR JERUSALEMsymbolic of the nation and all who will not accept His way of living a sacrificial life of obedience to God, rather than by exercising their own self will.

We use the word LAMENT in association with the death of a friend or loved one.   This is appropriate as we grieve over our loss of the person.   Jesus grieves over the loss of trust and obedience of God’s people (Israel), because of the disapproval, denial and non-acceptance by the nation for what He was saying and doing in His ministry.   Even after His resurrection Jesus had to unfold the Divine Purpose for His ministry of sacrificial love that brought Him to the Cross.   He spoke with two of His followers on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24 v. 13 to 35).   Verses 25 and 26 express His Lament in the words, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!   Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?”

Lent notes the importance to LAMENT over our own personal lack of trust in God in every event of our daily living.   But it is also a reminder that to LAMENT also points us in the direction of REPENTANCE for our past and present, with the joyous news of FORGIVENESS and NEW LIFE being available as we TRUST and OBEY – (“for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey”, as the hymn writer expresses our daily walk with our Lord).

A song of mourning or sorrow is called a lament.   LAMENT is a passionate expression of grief; (bereavement); for national disasters.   It is an expression or feeling of grief for or about; being distressed at; or regretful for or over national disasters and of occasions of the judgment of God on people and/or nations.   Our sinfulness (disobedience and lack of trust in God) can lead to LAMENT and is a sign of repentance.   We can read of such occasions listed above in Ezekiel 9 v. 3 to 6; Isaiah 16 v. 9 to11; Amos 5 v. 1 to 2.   There and many occasions in the New Testament where the assurance is given that for those lamenting and repenting there is forgiveness offered by our Loving, Saving, Redeeming Lord.   Such lament is not without   HOPE or the ASSURANCE of FORGIVENESS.   Such lament involvesa sign of genuine sorrow for sin, and our sincere desire to forsake what is not honouring of God within our thoughts, desires, attitudes, speech and actions.  

To God be THANKS for HIS mercy and the VICTORY He offers us in our lament and penitence.

From a Fellow Traveller.He offers us in our lament and penitence.

 

From a Fellow Traveller.