Monthly Archives: November 2017

You Need Jesus

“she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt 1:21)

The University Semester ends soon, and the year ends soon after that; we thank God who has brought us thus far. We have enjoyed peace in the Kyambogo and in Uganda as a nation, despite turbulent debates in Parliament and on some streets. We also thank God for another opportunity to commemorate the incarnation of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Many people have renewed their faith in Jesus Christ, and many others have been impacted by attending and participating in various Chapel activities. As some go out for holidays, others are graduating and getting into the marketplace, and still others are going out to share the gospel – whoever is reading this – I need to remind us that we need Jesus Christ today using three quick reasons:

1) For an Education Proper: The highest academic achievements prove to be dry and meaningless because as someone has put it, ‘the more I study, the more I don’t know’! The learned of those days wondered at the intelligence and wisdom of the apostles who were well known to be uneducated village fishermen. The only explanation that could be given as to why they were outwitting the learned and seasoned is that “they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Jesus gives thanks to God the Father that certain important things had been hidden to the ‘wise and understanding’ but revealed to little children… Without this revelation, all manner of academic disciplines and height end in an excruciating vanity. You need Jesus for a revelation that will make yours a real education.

2) For a Father Proper: Not to say that our earthly fathers are not proper, but among them are those who abandon their children, those who do not provide sufficiently, even those who molest their children, those who do their best but give up because of disappointments, and some have already departed from this earthly life. The Father Proper is God Almighty who is revealed by the Son. You need this Father, and the relationship you enter with him will traverse all manner of temporality and known mishaps and enter you into life eternal.

3) For Rest and Peace: In his call, Jesus recommends that you exchange your heavy and difficult burdens with the light and easy option he gives. He is ready to carry your challenges, loads, troubles, weaknesses, anxieties and difficulties and give you rest and peace. He demonstrated this by going all the way to the cross carrying your sin guilt and taking on your death sentence! He has done great things.

For many more reasons and details, it is undeniable that we all need the Saviour, the Redeemer, the Way to the Father… You need Jesus Christ. He has promised to receive all who come to Him. May God bless you.

 

 

 

Christ the King: Who?

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matt 16:15-16)

 Calendars: Just like the Calendar Year begins on 01st January and the Financial Year begins on 01st July, the Church Year begins on Advent Sunday. We are coming to the end of the year which began on Advent Sunday of 27th November 2016; we started by ‘waiting for the promise’ during Advent, then celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ during Christmas, and then rejoiced at His revelation to the Gentiles during Epiphany; this was followed be Lent that culminated in the commemoration of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection during Easter; we then celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Day, and this ushered in the long Trinity Season in which all aspects of Church life are discussed with a view of pointing the world to God, the only God, who saves us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Having come full circle, as we end the year, we are celebrating Jesus Christ the King!

The question of ‘Who is Jesus?’ was asked before, during and after Jesus’ life on earth. In the gospels we often read people asking, ‘Could this be the Messiah?’ The words Messiah, Christ, and the Anointed One mean one and the same thing (just from different languages) – they mean the long awaited great King that would perform better than King David, and return Israel to its superpower position or even greater. Indeed, Israel was the world’s superpower in the times of King David, but had now degenerated to being ruled by various gentile empires, from Babylonians to Persians, Medes, Greeks and then Romans during whose reign Jesus lived. Jews, Samaritans and Gentiles took turns to ask the question of Jesus identity, with some acknowledging without a shadow of doubt that He indeed was the long awaited Anointed One. When Simon Peter made the great confession ‘You are the Messiah’, Jesus did not deny but instead affirmed this and promised to establish a Church that would live through the times – as is alive today.

John the Apostle in the Revelation writes of having heard ‘loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”’ (Rev. 11:15-19) To celebrate Christ the King at the end of the year is symbolic of the ultimate end that John describes when indeed the Messiah will reign over the entire world forever and ever without competition and without limitation. The enemy and all opposing forces will be judged, condemned and destroyed while God’s servants the prophets and His people who revere the Lord’s Name, both great and small will be rewarded. We may not know when this end will come, but it surely will. Your answer to Jesus’ question will determine your destiny: “But what about you, who do you say I am?” There is overwhelming evidence that Jesus our Redeemer and Friend was so prophesied, lived on earth and lives forever, and is ultimately Christ the King.

 

 

When the bridegroom comes: Are you ready?

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” – Matt 25:13, Amos 5:24

Learning never ends. As we ask today’s question – ‘Are you ready?’ – we continue to reflect on the Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ; but there are many illustrations around us that make the point clearly to anyone who has ears to hear and eyes to see. Climate change offer one illustration – that dinosaurs failed to adapt to a fundamentally new climate, and they became extinct; and technological trends affecting business offer us another such an illustration. Kodak will suffice to illustrate the effects of these technological disruptions:

When Steven Sasson at Kodak introduced the very first digital camera in 1975 with 0.01 megapixels, everyone laughed at him. Kodak had all the patents for the digital camera, yet they went out of business because of it. How could this happen? Simple, short term thinking instead of long term planning. It would have taken long term vision on behalf of the executives at Kodak, to beat the future and be a top player in the digital world. Their only focus during this time was selling more chemicals and paper to fulfill the current film demand at the time. The short term thinking strategy failed them. The digital age overtook them and left them behind, lonely, broke and bankrupt!

The customer of tomorrow is being raised today; this is a new type of customer that will not settle for a photo image but wants a quick downloadable image to share in a millisecond with over 10 thousand social media fans. ‘Welcome to the New Kodak Moment- the moment when an exponential force puts a linear company out of business.’ – says Peter Diamandis. The big question is, ARE YOUR READY? Is your company ready?

The business lessons about are greatly applicable to even longer term planning – into eternity; indeed it only serves as an illustration. The warnings Kodak received and ignored are similar to what God’s prophets have spoken again and again to God’s people. Jesus himself called on us to wait for the Kingdom of God as wise virgins waiting to receive a bridegroom. In John’s Revelation, Christ is described as a Bridegroom that is coming for a Bride (the Church) without spot or wrinkle.

When the bridegroom comes:

Will your lamps be burning bright, will your robes be shining white?

Will the sorrows of the past all be changed to joy at last?

Will you join the ransomed host or be found among the lost?

When the Lord shall call his own, can you stand before the throne?

Will your wearied heart rejoice at the sound of Jesus voice?

Oh be ready for that day, with your sins all washed away.