What do you think is Significant?
My dictionary definition of the word significant is "weighty, important, momentous".
In developing an academic course in Ethiopia the key factor is the buzz phrase "Significant Learning," where the importance lies in teaching things that are significant and relevant to their situation and future requirements. A phrase from the ethos of significant learning is that there be some kind of lasting change that is important in term of the learner’s life. This is of course education jargon.
At Easter time, we look at and consider the significance of a week that changed the world, in a nutshell not "a", but "THE Significant Sacrifice" that brought salvation to the world.
Holy Week changed the world and can bring that lasting eternal change to the Christian believer’s life with the cross becoming the focal and turning point for all.
Over the period of a few days, there is the celebration of the triumphal entry to Jerusalem as Jesus is honoured as king. Palm Sunday is the day of applause with shouts of praise and honour (Luke chapter 19 verses 28-44). Yet just a few days later we see denial, and betrayal which culminates into the crucifixion and death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
However, what we read in Matthew chapter 27 verses 27-54 is central to the Christian faith. What happened on Good Friday defines both Jesus’ life and ministry but it does not end there, Matthew chapter 27 verse 62 to chapter 28 verse 15 provides overwhelming evidence that Jesus rose from the dead.
On Easter Sunday we may well sing:
"Jesus Christ is risen today… hallelujah
Our triumphant holy day… hallelujah
Who did once, upon the cross,… hallelujah
Suffer to redeem our loss…. hallelujah"
What does Jesus’ resurrection mean? – It means that He was who He claimed to be, that He has the power He claimed to have, and that we have hope for this life and the one to come.
This is truly significant, it certainly is weighty, it clearly was momentous and it definitely is of eternal life importance.
During Easter Week, there will be a Holiday Bible Club entitled H20 (Happy to Obey) and yes it will have a watery theme. Can I encourage you to find out more and pray for this time of outreach and evangelism.
Many things have a level of significance in our day to day life, but why not this Easter join us for our communion service on Good Friday and our Easter Sunday services and discover what is truly significant today following events that happened 2000 years ago.
If in reading this, you want to know more about the significance of the cross and how to become a Christian, or maybe you are already a Christian and would like to know more about Believer’s Baptism or church membership why not speak or contact one of the deacons.
WHO I AM IN CHRIST (Part 2)
I am bold (2 Cor 11:21)
I am the Bride of Jesus Christ (Rev 21:2-10)
I am a minister of the Gospel of Christ (2 Cor 11:23, Romans 1:16)
I am part of a chosen generation (1 Peter 2:9)
I am a member of a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9)
I am a citizen of a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9)
I am one of His own special people (1 Peter 2:9)
I am Abraham’s seed (Galatians 3:29)
I am an heir according to the promises made to Abraham (Galatians 3:29)
I am an heir of God, a joint heir with Jesus Christ (Gal 4:7)
I am a member of the household of God (Eph 2:19)
I am a child of the most high God (Rom 8:16, Gal 3:26, Gal 4:7)
I am a child of light (Ephesians 5:8, 1 Thess 5:8)
I am a child of the day (1 Thess 5:8)
I am a proclaimer of the praises of Him who called me out of
darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9)
I am light in the Lord (Eph 5:8)
I am the light of the world (Matt 5:14)
I am the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13)
I am led by the Spirit of God (Gal 5:18)
I am chosen (1 Cor 1:27,28, James 2:5)
I am a disciple (John 8:31)
I am a royal priest (1 Peter 2:9)
I am an ambassador for Christ (1 Cor 5:20)
I am an intercessor who stands in the gap (Ezek 22:30)
I am a watchman on the wall (Ezek 3:17)
I am seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Eph 2:6)
I am blessed in the city and in the country (Deut 28:3)
I am a Father (or Mother) of blessed children (Deut 28:4)
I am blessed in all I lay my hands to (Deut 28:8)
I am blessed when I come in and when I go out (Deut 28:6)
I am invincible before my enemies (Deut 28:7)
I am the head and not the tail (Deut 28:13)
I am above and not beneath (Deut 28:13)
I am one who has been freely given all things through
Christ (Rom 8:32, 1 Cor 3:21)
I am rich in Him (Romans 8:32, Rev 2:9)
(These ‘I am’s’ will continue in the next magazine)
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In the book of Hebrews we have two small words that are repeated on a number of occasions. They are words ‘lest’ and ‘let’, accompanied with the personal pronouns either ‘we’ in the plural, or ‘us’ also plural. They are used in connection with words of warning and also exhortation, but the plural use is very deliberate as the writer is including himself, as well as his readers, in what he has to say.
Some texts are listed below in the hope, that you, in your own Bible study will turn up the verses and benefit from them as you read them and the Holy Spirit applies them to your own personal life.
Chapter 2:1 ‘Lest we drift away’
Chapter 3:13 ‘Lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin’
Chapter 4:1 ‘Let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it’ (i.e. God’s rest)
Chapter 4:11 ‘Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall’
Chapter 4:14 ‘Let us hold fast our confession’
Chapter 4:16 ‘Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace’
Chapter 6:1 ‘Let us go on to perfection’
Chapter 10:22 ‘Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith’
Chapter 10:23 ‘Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering’
Chapter 10:24 ‘Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works’
Chapter 12:1 ‘Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us’
Chapter 12:1 ‘Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us’
Chapter 12:3 ‘Lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls’
Chapter 12:15 ‘Lest anyone fall short of the grace of God’
Chapter 12:15 ‘Lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble’
Chapter 12:16 ‘Lest there be any fornicator or profane (godless) person like Esau’
Chapter 13:1 ‘Let brotherly love continue’
Chapter 13:5 ‘Let your conduct be without covetousness and be content’
Chapter 13:13 ‘Let us go forth to Him without the camp bearing His reproach’
And finally, chapter 13:15 ‘Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name’.
Maybe you are able to find more references to these two words, than I have listed. The above quotations have been taken from the New King James version of the Bible. Those using the New International version or another version may well find other uses of these two words. There are some Christians who have found the Book of Hebrews, in general, rather difficult to understand but there is in this Book a lot to challenge us in our daily life as we seek to live to please the Lord.
Let me finish on a personal note, when I was a young man, my father wrote in a book he gave me, on Hebrews, the words of chapter 6:1 ‘LET US GO ON’. May this be the desire of all of us who love our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may endeavour to go on to perfection.
For anyone who would like to know about the Book of Hebrews, the series of Bible studies given at Carley some years back on Hebrews, has been put together in booklet form. For those who would like a copy please let me know.
R. John Wheeler.