Lectionary for the woke.

Last year I was going through a fair amount of turmoil, much of which I could not write about. Much of which relates to human resources, and regulation of speech. We have a liberal polity. But we have an example of how to deal with a liberal polity.

The Sadduccees did not survive the destruction of Jerusalem. They were the party of the elite: they did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, or angels, or demons, and doubted the prophets. They certainly despised Christ, for he did not descend from a Maccabean or priestly branch, and had been raised in the low rent part of Israel.

And their reaction to the Apostles was to silence them. Remove their platform, Imprison them.

Autumn colours, Central Otago

17 But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy. 18 They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, 20 “Go, stand and [a]speak to the people in the temple [b]the whole message of this Life.” 21 Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple about daybreak and began to teach.
Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the [c]Council together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought. 22 But the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back, 23 saying, “We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside.” 24 Now when the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what [d]would come of this. 25 But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” 26 Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned).

Acts 5:17-26

Luke says that these rulers were jealous, and I do not doubt that. The Romans, cynically had called the voice of the people the voice of God before the Augustan age (now past) and all politicians fear the crowd. The Pharisees knew that they would lose any election.

(One of the things I have seen is that liberal theologians desire and fight for the places on the committees of power, and the position of honoour. Pastors who believe generally don’t care: they are too busy feeding the flock. The Pharisees were quite imperfect, but they cared for the people, not power, and that lack of drive meant they were the perpetually out of power.

However, modern Judaism is based on the Torah which is the teaching of these Pharisees written after Titus scoured Israel and made Palestine).

However, this is not merely that. This is why the name of Christ, to modern progressives, is like Voldemort: never to be uttered. In case they turn to Christ, and be healed. Despite the fact that they are turning to Christ.

This is not a time to cower in fear of the Senate and their troops. It is a time of harvest. Preach the word, and let the people declare their loyalty. Rulers included. their useful minions, the woke, included. Their eternal fate is in their hands.

Lectionary 24th April 2019

The disciples could not believe the resurrection. They thought the women with them were having hysterics. It could not be true. Christ had been executed, and was dead: the Romans were fairly efficient at ensuring those sentenced to death did die.

The women had arrived as soon as they could work after the Sabbath — at early Dawn — to wash and properly prepare the body for the grave. There was no expectation of a resurrection. However, there were three women, and they were respected, so Peter ran to the tomb. He wanted to see if the one he denied had returned.

24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has [a]risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. 11 But these words appeared [b]to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he *saw the linen wrappings [c]only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.

Luke 24:1-12, NASB
@thiagosilverio, Gab.

The Grace of God is sufficient for our needs. We need no other. We need but him. It is not about our circumstances, for we can fail, we can fall, and if we do not, those around us can abandon us. Let us not be distracted by the noise out there: the fears, the tumult. Most journalism now is a vector to get you to pay attention to the encapsulated marketing…

Look instead at Christ. He is not among the dead. He is living. Let us live not for this world, but for him.

Lectionary Tues 23 April 2019.

Church, Sunday.

We have seen some very sad things happen over the Easter period, and we have difficulty understanding these things. For we forget that there is a war, ongoing, that has casualties. The consequences of this war are real and evident. For fear, pain, tears, bitterness, wrath and revenge are the worship Satan loves, while love, joy, peace, patience and forgiveness glorify our Lord. And our Lord will win that battle: it is foretold.

12 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she *cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.

Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail *swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.

And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to [a]rule all the [b]nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she *had a place prepared by God, so that there [c]she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole [d]world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,
“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even [e]when faced with death. 12 For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who [f]dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”

Revelation 12:1-12 NASB/

As I often do, I stripped out the editorial headings from the NASB text. The woman is often seen to be mary, the son Christ, and the Dragon is specifically named. The defeat of Satan is described. here, and the curse of this age.

Satan is raging, and his useful idiots with him, because their time is short.

Do not be them. Do not be like them.

Lectionary Easter Monday 2019

Today I’m mixing lectionaries, using both the revised common lectionary and the book of common prayer. Both are available at Bible Gateway. Both are good. Both contain more text than I will put up on any one day.

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus,[a] delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.25 For David says concerning him,
“‘I saw the Lord always before me,
    for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
    my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
    or let your Holy One see corruption.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.

Acts 2:22-32, ESV, BCP Lectionary

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1 Corinthians 5:6-8, ESV, RCL Lectionary.

We need to learn from the apostles. They did not boast of power, our authority, or victory, or prosperity. They did not flaunt the credentials, or lack of credentials — though John was known to the High Priest and could enter his palace, and Saul (Paul) was apprenticed to the best theologian of that era..

They preached Christ risen from the grave. And he alone we should worship: and none other.

Lectionary April 21 2019

It’s Sunday: the end of holy week. The day we recall that Christ rose from the dead. So we went to a local church where we are staying, and were reminded that Christ had triumphed over all: the best sermon was the kids’ talk which went through the resurrection in detail. At home, we watched the online service from Arise (hint: use the facebook link) until the dogs decided that they would dig up things, and we had to do repairs.

Such is life.

But know this: Christ rose. There were witnesses. And it matters.


34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), 37 you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him on the third day and caused him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Acts 10:34-43, ESV.

19 If in Christ we have hope[a] in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15:19-26

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.

Lectionary 20th April 2019

Further on yesterday. The work of Christ is complete in and of itself, and as Hebrews writes, if we believe Christ rose from the dead and proclaim him as Lord, we will be saved. Note that this is not proclaiming Caesar as Lord, as the Jews did in his trial. Christ died so that we could have this choice.

And the suffering of Christ was great. Far greater than any we would have, far greater than the hatred this world has for us, But we do not trust in this world. We trust in God, and he is steadfast.

19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
    the wormwood and the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it
    and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:19-24 ESV

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh,[a] arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:1-8, ESV

We are called to love, and proclaim to others, in their lost state, the good news of Christ. It is not a loving thing to leave them without the means of salvation. Do not listen to those who distort the gospel to meet the needs of this world at this time. The Gospel has always been more than that.

For Christ did not just suffer and die for our sins. He rose again. Our God is faithful, and will save those who meet him, and kneel now. For he is the eternal Lord, any other is a lie. Far better that we speak truth.

Lectionary (long): Good Friday

What to put up on one of the high and holy days of the church calendar? The betrayal, trial, condemnation and Crucifixion of Christ, and the psalms, the prophets and comments of the apostles: the readings for today are long.

But it is for our sins that this happened. Pilate and the Sanhedrin were allowed to be in power so that this could happen. When Pilate heard this he feared. Greatly. And he caved.



18 When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the [a]ravine of the Kidron, where there was a garden, in which He entered [b]with His disciples. Now Judas also, who was [c]betraying Him, knew the place, for Jesus had often met there with His disciples. Judas then, having received the Roman[d]cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, *came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and *said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He *said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Therefore He again asked them, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.”Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He; so if you seek Me, let these go their way,” to fulfill the word which He spoke, “Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one.” 10 Simon Peter then, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave’s name was Malchus. 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?”

12 So the Roman [e]cohort and the [f]commander and the officers of the Jews, arrested Jesus and bound Him,13 and led Him to Annas first; for he was father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 Now Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die on behalf of the people.
15 Simon Peter was following Jesus, and so was another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest, 16 but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in. 17 Then the slave-girl who kept the door *said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He *said, “I am not.” 18 Now the slaves and the officers were standing there, having made a charcoal fire, for it was cold and they were warming themselves; and Peter was also with them, standing and warming himself.
19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about His disciples, and about His teaching. 20 Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world; I always taught in [g]synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together; and I spoke nothing in secret. 21 Why do you question Me? Question those who have heard what I spoke to them; they know what I said.” 22 When He had said this, one of the officers standing nearby struck Jesus, saying, “Is that the way You answer the high priest?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify of the wrong; but if rightly, why do you strike Me?” 24 So Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it, and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off, *said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.

28 Then they *led Jesus from Caiaphas into the [h]Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter into the [i]Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. 29 Therefore Pilate went out to them and *said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?” 30 They answered and said to him, “If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you.” 31 So Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death,” 32 to fulfill the word of Jesus which He spoke, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die.
33 Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Are you saying this [j]on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?”35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom [k]is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not [l]of this realm.” 37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 38 Pilate *said to Him, “What is truth?”
And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and *said to them, “I find no guilt in Him. 39 But you have a custom that I release someone [m]for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release [n]for you the King of the Jews?” 40 So they cried out again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a robber.

19 Pilate then took Jesus and [o]scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him; and they began to come up to Him and say, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and to give Him slaps in the facePilate came out again and *said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I find no guilt in Him.” Jesus then came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate *said to them, “Behold, the Man!” So when the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out saying, “Crucify, crucify!” Pilate *said to them, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God.”
Therefore when Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid; and he entered into the [p]Praetorium again and *said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate *said to Him, “You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?”11 Jesus answered, “You would have no authority [q]over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” 12 As a result of this Pilate [r]made efforts to release Him, but the Jews cried out saying, “If you release this Man, you are no friend of Caesar; everyone who makes himself out to be a king [s]opposes Caesar.”
13 Therefore when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out, and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called [t]The Pavement, but in [u]Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the [v]sixth hour. And he *said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!” 15 So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate *said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”

16 So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified.
17 They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, [w]bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in [x]Hebrew, Golgotha. 18 There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, “JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 20 Therefore many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in [y]Hebrew, Latin and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews’; but that He said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the [z]tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven [aa]in one piece. 24 So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be”; this was to fulfill the Scripture: “Theydivided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast [ab]lots.” 25 Therefore the soldiers did these things.
But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He *said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He *said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, *said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch ofhyssop and brought it up to His mouth. 30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

31 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath ([ac]for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; 33 but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. 36 For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “Not a bone of Him shall be [ad]broken.”37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body. 39 Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a [ae]mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred [af]pounds weight40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 Therefore because of the Jewish day of preparation, since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

John 18-19, NASB

Pilate was frightened when Christ talked to him. His accusers were very careful to keep themselves pure so they could eat the Passover, forgetting that there is a clear command that those ritually unclean should eat it.

In these days, where the woke are so ready to damn, we have to deal with this ugly thought: the Pharisee is in such, is in us.

Christ knew this was needed. For our soul, for our sake.


13 Behold, My servant will prosper,
He will be high and lifted up and [a]greatly exalted.
14 Just as many were astonished at you, My people,
So His appearance was marred more than any man
And His form more than the sons of men.
15 Thus He will sprinkle many nations,
Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him;
For what had not been told them they will see,
And what they had not heard they will understand.
53 Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He grew up before Him like a tender [b]shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should [c]be attracted to Him.
He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of [d]sorrows and acquainted with [e]grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely our [f]griefs He Himself bore,
And our [g]sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
[h]Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was [i]pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our [j]well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To [k]fall on Him.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation, who considered
That He was cut off out of the land of the [l]living
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
10 But the Lord was pleased
To crush Him, [m]putting Him to grief;
If [n]He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His [o]offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the [p]good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the [q]anguish of His soul,
He will see [r]it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out [s]Himself to death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 NASB

Such great a love. We did not deserve any person to take our wrongdoing and pay recompense for all we have done and all we will do. His work is final, complete.

Choose Christ. All else is lies.

Lectionary Thursday 18th April.

Today is the last day for work in NZ, as both Good Friday and Easter Sunday are public holidays. The secular state has not removed them, yet. My church has posters up around town encourating people to an evangelical service on Sunday.

So today, I’m using two passages: one from the gospel and one from the letter of Corinthians. We should not recall this at Easter alone: but every service, every liturgy.

As we should be known by our love.


31 Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus *said, “Now [a]is the Son of Man glorified, and God [b]is glorified in Him; 32 [c]if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately. 33 Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

John 13:31-35; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, NASB

The love we are to show is to one another. It is those who are believers, then others. For there is hatred and virtue signalling among other movements, as people show that they are more pure than the others. There are political fights for status. The world expects us to be like this, and they use these filters when reporting the things in the church.

But the church is God’s. The things of God should not be as the things of fallen men. We are called to love. And to love we cannot be like them.

Lectionary 17th April 2019

It looks like the wormtounges are being found out, while those who are of faith are standing taller. The buildings older generations worshiped in may be sold, or destroyed, but the challenge remains.

Leave our sin to one side. Shuck off the burdens of our society and their expectations, and run the course set before us. For our goal is not to be as the world. It is to be as Christ.

Post fire, Notre Dame, via Vox Popoli.



12 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 [a]fixing our eyes on Jesus, the [b]author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary [c]and lose heart.



Hebrews 12:1-3 , NASB

Lectionary on the burning of Notre Dame.

Today one of the French national treasures and the Cathedral of Paris, Notre Dame, has burned out of control. There are promises to rebuild. The great and the good are horrified.

A firefighter battling a massive blaze which has ripped through Notre-Dame Cathedral has been seriously injured, but authorities say the structure has been saved from “total destruction”. Flames that began in the early evening burst through the roof of the centuries-old Paris cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof. A French firefighting official said one fireman was seriously injured battling the blaze. “We now believe that the two towers of Notre-Dame have been saved,” Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters at the scene. “We now consider that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved.” There was still a risk that some of the interior structures could collapse, and firefighters would work overnight to cool them down, he said. President Emmanuel Macron said the cathedral would be rebuilt and an international fundraising campaign would be launched. “We will rebuild because it is what French people expect, it is what our history deserves.” He said the whole nation was distressed. “Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn,” he tweeted

Otago daily times.

The good news is that the church is not the buildings, but the people. Buildings burn, particularly if neglected, and institutions fall because of rot, often deliberately engendered by the enemies of the gospel. But the church survives because the gospel survives. Christ is not with us, but his work remains. And that matters more than any cathedral.

 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. 27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. 30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up[a] from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. 34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man mu

st be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?” 35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

John 12:20-36

It is not the church we need to fear, but that we will be in the darkness, without the light of the gospel to guide us. Let us always look there. Notre Dame has burned, and this is a loss of a place of art and worship. But the work of Christ continues.