Monthly Archives: January 2015

One Body, One Hope, One Faith

“There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call –
one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Eph 4:4-5)

It is natural for us here on earth to create castes – classes or ranks. Whether it is in school or at work, in sports or at the rotary club, in government or in church, ranks and protocol are the order of the day. In this season of Epiphany, we continue to celebrate the
revelation of Jesus Christ to the gentiles, an action that seemed to go against the Jewish preconceived arrangements of the day. Even when their prophets had long foretold of a Messianic era in which the whole world will be reconciled – different tribes, as well as
people and animals – the Jews were not yet looking forward to that season. Jesus Christ,
however, was duty-bound to fulfill his ministry without being hindered by such cultural limits.

In reaching out to gentiles while still alive, the Lord was practically calling all races of the world to Salvation. In Matthew 8:5-13 is such a case in point: Jesus favourably and
charitably interacts with a two gentiles – the centurion and his servant. Matthew Henry’s
comments are interesting: The centurion was a supplicant, a Gentile, a Roman, an officer of the army. Though he was a soldier (and a little piety commonly goes a great way with men of that profession), yet he was a godly man. God has his remnant among all sorts of people. No man’s calling or place in the world will be an excuse for his unbelief
and impiety; none shall say in the great day, I would have been religious, if I had not been a soldier; for such there are among the ransomed of the Lord. And sometimes where grace conquers the unlikely, it is more than a conqueror; this soldier that was good, was very good.

Though he was a Roman soldier, and his very dwelling among the Jews was a badge of their subjection to the Roman yoke, yet Christ, who was King of the Jews, favoured him; and therein has taught us to do good to our enemies, and not needlessly to interest
ourselves in national enmities. Though he was a Gentile, yet Christ gave him audience. Good old Simeon’s word began to be fulfilled, that Christ should be a light to lighten the Gentiles, as well as the glory of his people Israel. Another gentile, the servant was the
patient. In healing him it appears, that there is no respect of persons with God; for in Christ Jesus, as there is neither circumcision nor uncircumcision, so there is neither bond nor free. He is as ready to heal and save the poorest servant, as the richest master. In the end will be most clear the reality of One Body, One Hope and One Faith.

God bless you.

Come, Meet the Man

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”
(John 1:29, 4:29)

Happy New Year! You are warmly welcome to Kakumba Chapel.

What do you see? It is the third Sunday in Epiphany – a season in which we commemorate the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles; this season will end
when we start Lent on Ash Wednesday. When they saw the bright new star, those
wise men from the East actually saw a deeper significance and they followed it until
they got to the manger in Bethlehem. Many people had the opportunity to look into
the same sky, many might even have seen the star; but the wise men saw the
deeper significance, a bigger revelation, a life giving discovery – a new born King.

In the same way, while many people did not bother about the young man from Nazareth who was attending a prophet’s teaching, John the Baptist saw and pointed him out as the Lamb of God! John saw what others were not able to see; to John was revealed the unique identity of this one member of his congregation, who had been baptized a few days earlier. Two disciples were only seeing a mere man, but when they heard he was the Lamb of God, they transferred their allegiance from the forerunner; they took keener interest in
following and learning more about Jesus. Andrew then realized that you can’t find such treasure and keep it to yourself; he called his brother to the new found Messiah.

What do you see? When you look into the skies, when you look at different people
around you, when you read the word of God, when you listen to a sermon, what do
you see? Unfortunately it is possible for treasure to be exposed, yet some people do
not see it! Have not many people listened to the same sermon and some are saved
thereby while others dismiss it? God gave us physical eyes, but we also possess
capacity to use deeper senses to see beyond the physical. Each one of us needs the
special revelation of the Lamb of God; only that will transform us fundamentally and give us the impetus to follow and call others to Him. Through the ministry in this Church, my prayer is that Jesus Christ will be manifested to all to seek and listen. Behold the Lamb of God!

Have a Blessed New Year!

Your health and safety: ABIDE

So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with my servant girls.” (Ruth 2:8)

Happy New Year! You are warmly welcome to Kakumba Chapel.

A season is past, a new season is here. Praise be to God who has taken us safely through the year 2014. Today is an obvious opportunity to give thanks to God. Check your life – start from the disappointments, the failures and what you did not achieve; then go to the achievements – including what you had not planned, and count each one of
your blessings. Everyone must find reason to give thanks to the Lord. You were not caught up in one of those terrible accidents in the air, on the roads or in the waters – or at least you survived; you have enjoyed some peace and strength to work has not failed to date; endless lists of blessings are in this Church today!

As we move ahead into the new season, the word of God to us – the sure methodology for our health and safety, and the only way we will come successfully through to the other end of the tunnel – the instruction is, ‘Abide’. Boaz told Ruth, “don’t go… stay here…” and the story of Ruth, which in the near future we will spend some time to explore,
was revolutionalized. We spent some time last year emphasizing the Words of Jesus,
“Remain in Me… apart from me you can do nothing”; this instruction will not be lifted this year. Stand on the Word of God, walk in His love, lean on His promises, ride on the hope of life in Christ, Abide in Him.

As a tortoise does hide its head inside its shell, as chicks hide under the wings of mother hen, as a guilty man would hold the horns of the altar – all this for safety – even more so it is with the one who will Abide in the presence of the Lord; it is he that will survive terrible weather and tumultuous unrest, whether from the spiritual attacks or intrigue from
unsuspecting neighbours or personal inadequacies. Remain in Christ as Children of God who are waiting to inherit the Kingdom as joint heirs with Jesus Christ, as Children of a New Covenant which was sealed by the blood of Jesus Christ, and as those on whom the Name of the Lord has been planted as a blessing that reaches widely because of the catholic reconciliation work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Have a Blessed New Year!