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Partakers Christmas Thought

29 December 2021

Jesus 01: What’s in a name?

42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, ‘I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.’ 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea. (Luke 4: 42-44)

We continue looking at Christmas and because Jesus is no longer in the manger, we start investigating more about Jesus and why He matters today in the 21st century. Today we look together at what the name “Jesus” means. Come and listen to find out more.

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Partakers Christmas Thought

21 December 2021

Mary

Part 3: Mary’s Song (v46-50)

46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
(Luke 2:46-50)

In response to being greeted by Elizabeth, Mary breaks out in spontaneous song! A song seemingly of renewal, revolution and reformation. Mary proclaims that God is on the march and God is going to do something new! Some scholars believe Mary is looking back on all the stories she has heard about how God has dealt with people in the past. Others think that she is being prophetic and only looking ahead to what God will do. I personally think it is both.

In the Podcast today, we discover that in response to Elizabeth’s greeting, Mary responds in a spontaneous song, that we call the Magnficat! We look at Luke 2:46-50 today and Luke 2:51-56 tomorrow. Listen to or download the mp3 to hear more about this most extraordinary yet ordinary woman and the majestic song of worship to, and about, her God.

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Partakers Christmas Thought

19 December 2021

Mary

Part 1: An Angelic Visitor

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.
32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants for ever; his kingdom will never end.’
34 ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’
35 The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.’
38 ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.
(Luke 1:26-38)

There is much to be said about this time of year we call Christmas. Worldwide there are about 250 babies born every minute. Yet, the birth we celebrate at Christmas, is like no other birth of a human. That birth of the man Jesus Christ, 2000 years ago, caused the world to change. The birth of Jesus Christ causes more of the world today to pause amidst the busy-ness of life, take a breath amidst the noise of daily life and celebrate in many different ways and fashions.

As we continue to look at the event in the Christian calendar of Christmas, over the next few podcasts, we will look at one of the very central figures, Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary, although a teenager at the time, was given the great privilege and awesome responsibility of carrying and giving birth to God’s Son, the Messiah.

In the Podcast today, in the lead up to Christmas, we start a series of Podcasts looking at Mary, the mother of Jesus. Listen to or download the mp3 to hear more about this most extraordinary yet ordinary woman.

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Partakers Bible Thought

22 May 2021

Jesus Leaves

 

G'day! Jesus’ resurrection is the catalyst for the mission of the church, beginning with the disciples and throughout history. Jesus’ mission to earth is coming to an end and shortly he will be returning to the right hand of the Father. Before he does so though, he has some more words to say to his disciples.  Come and listen to the podcast to find out more!

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16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted! 18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 (New Living Translation)

1 In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. 3 During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God. 4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” 7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. 10 As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” Acts 1:1-11 (New Living Translation)

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March 31, 2013

AGOG 31

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March 31

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Jesus Crucified and Dead

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Welcome back to our Easter 2013 series, AGOG – A Glimpse of God. We are now on Day 31 of our adventure, looking together at the life of the most amazing person in human history - Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Today is the last in this series and we look at the events after Jesus’ death!

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Jesus was crucified, dead and buried. Frequently Jesus taught that he would rise from the dead. He was mocked for it when on the cross. The disciples had seemingly forgotten this and were hiding in fear at any retribution by the Jewish religious authorities. At his tomb, there were both Temple and Roman Guards to ensure nobody could steal the body of Jesus.

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Events at the Empty Tomb

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John 20:1-10

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!’ So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped round Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

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Matthew 28:11-15

While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, ‘You are to say, “His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.” If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.’ So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

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Let us first look at the sequence of events over the period of time after Jesus death till He ascended. Now remember, the Gospels are documents which have recorded historical events.

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  • • Two Marys watch the burial: (Matthew27:61, Mark 15:47, Luke23:54-55)
  • • Roman soldiers guard the tomb and place an official Roman seal upon it: (Matthew 27:62-66)
  • • Women prepare burial spices then rest: (Luke 23:56)
  • • An angel rolls the stone away: (Matthew 28:2-4)
  • • Women arrive at dawn with spices: (Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:1-4, Luke 24:1-3, John 20:1)
  • • Angels appear to women: (Matthew 28:5-7, Mark 16:5-7, Luke 24:4-8)
  • • Women dart back to tell disciples: (Matthew 28:8, Mark 16:8, Luke 24:9-11, John 20:2)
  • • Peter and John investigate the empty tomb: (Luke 24:12, John 20:3-9)
  • • Before going back home: (Luke 24:12, John 20:10)
  • • Mary Magdalene weeps by the tomb: (John 20:11)
  • • Mary sees two angels: (John 20:12-13)

That’s all the action at the empty tomb! The risen Jesus, with his new body makes appearances! Let us know look at them!

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Jesus' Appearances

  • • Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene: (Mark 16:9, John 20:14-17)
  • • Jesus appears to the other women: (Matthew 28:9-10)
  • • Women report to the disciples: (Mark 16:10-11, John 20:18)
  • • Guards testify to the priests: (Matthew 28:11-15)
  • • Jesus meets two people on the Emmaus Road: (Mark 16:12-13, Luke 24:13-32)
  • • Jesus appears to Simon Peter: (1 Corinthians 15:5, Luke 24:34)
  • • 2 report to disciples in Jerusalem: (Luke 24:33-35)
  • • Jesus appears to the Disciples less Thomas: (Luke 24:36-43, John 20:19-24)
  • • Disciples report to Thomas: (John 20:25)
  • • Jesus appears to the Disciples and Thomas: (Mark 16:14, John 20:26-29)
  • • Jesus appears to seven people: (John 2 1:1-14)
  • • Jesus reinstates Peter 3 times: (John 21:15-23)
  • • Jesus appears to 500 people: (1 Corinthians 15:6)
  • • Jesus appears to James: (1 Corinthians 15:7)
  • • Jesus gives the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • • Jesus ascends back to the Father (Acts 1:8-11)

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Nobody who could have produced the dead body of Jesus did so. Their silence is as significant as the preaching of the Apostles. Jesus also made a multiple appearances to various numbers of individuals and groups of people at various times of the day and in differing circumstances. When you read the gospel accounts, you will notice the changed attitude of the disciples after seeing the risen Jesus. They changed from defeated, cowardly people full of fear into victorious and brave people. They suddenly became an amazed and overjoyed people! At one appearance, when Jesus broke bread with them, the spiritual eyes of the disciples opened, and Jesus disappeared from them! WOW! The disciples had recognized Jesus! Another appearance shows that Jesus’ resurrection was physical in nature! Note that Jesus has a new body – a resurrection body – a glorified heavenly body! But he is not spirit as he has a body with bears the scars of his crucifixion, as evidenced when meeting with Thomas!

If there was no bodily resurrection of Jesus, would the disciples really have risked persecution and death for knowing a lie? One or two may have done, but not all eleven and thats not including the women! They were full of fear remember! The very existence of the church today, 2000 years after the event, is perhaps the greatest tangible proof of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Jesus did not merely faint on the cross – He died, as attested to by the Roman soldiers, Roman authorities, Jewish authorities, Joseph, Nicodemus, Mary and other women.. If Jesus was not dead on that cross, they would have broken his legs to ensure that He had died. No! Jesus was dead. Jesus rose from the dead, just as he had promised that he would many times during his ministry on earth.

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We let the Apostle John have the last word from John 21:25 “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”

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Have you asked Jesus to be your Saviour yet? Jesus – the God-man who conquered sin and death who died and was raised to new life again by God. When you allow Jesus to be your saviour and rely on him for your salvation, you become spiritually alive! Until then, you are spiritually dead. But you can have spiritual life! What are you waiting for? Again, I ask, who do you say the Jesus is? But further, what are you going to do with this Jesus and let Him bring you to life spiritually? It is not too late! Today can be the day of your salvation and new life!

That is the last of this series! Come back every day, where there is something new to help you in your Christian life!

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