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Opening THE Book with Rev John K-S December 2020

JOHN KINCHIN-SMITH

Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Gorleston

 

For centuries before Jesus, the Bible spoke of one who would come known as the Messiah. He would be descended from King David and his kingdom would last forever. These promises were spelled out to Mary when God promised that she would be the mother of the Messiah. Even more than this, the child to be born would be called “the Son of God” (Luke chapter 1 verses 26-38)
 
The Old Testament prophets had written about this coming Messiah who would be the Saviour of Israel. Micah, for example, had told that he would be born in Bethlehem. Zechariah had told of the time when the Messiah would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey. But Isaiah had also spelled out many centuries before Jesus that the Messiah would suffer and die. “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (chapter 53)
 
OPEN BIBLEThese same prophets also glimpsed God’s long-term plan for his world. Isaiah wrote in chapter 25: “The LORD Almighty will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples...he will swallow up death for ever”. (verses 6-8). King David, 1000 years before Jesus, had also caught a glimpse. He says in Psalm 47, “No one can redeem the life of another so that they should live forever...But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself”. Similarly in the 23rd Psalm, he writes, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”
 
But it is to Jesus that we look for the final word: Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die”. (John chapter 11) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms...I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John chapter 14)

   

also published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine

 


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