Moonbi Christian Fellowship.
( A Presbyterian Church )
Meets at 9 am every Sunday at the Coach House,
Churchill Drive, Moonbi.
Rev David Seaman 0422 089 746
Gordon 6761 2979 Alex 6766 6334
You are most welcome to attend.
PASTORAL LETTER No. 22
10th August, 2020.
In the last letter there was a question asked twice, “ Do you love Jesus?” It is an important question. Jesus asked it of his disciple, Peter, when they were on the beach after Jesus’ resurrection. ( John 21: 1-17). In fact, Jesus asked him three times, and each time told him what to do about it. If we are to call ourselves Christians, then our focus has to be our love for Jesus and the way in which we conduct our lives. We are to be in church because we love Christ. We are to partake in Communion because we want to see Him face to face. We are to be kind to one another because we love our Saviour. We are to do good to all, because we love the Son of God. We are to be obedient to God’s commands, because we love our Lord Jesus Christ.
We love all manner of people and things. But the love I am talking of here is a deep and abiding spiritual love for the only one who will never forsake us, or be taken away. Love for anyone or anything else will always fail us in some way. Hey, you might say, I truly love my wife or husband, or kids; yes, but, are they perfect? I am talking about the Lord of heaven and earth, a “lamb without blemish and without spot,” who is perfect in every way, and who loves us with a perfect love, who never wavers, who never fails, whose love is eternal. Not full on today, and “iffy” tomorrow. As Hebrews 7:25-27 says, “ he is able to save to the uttermost...he ever lives to make intercession... holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens...” Because of his great love for us he redeemed us with his own precious blood.
In John 14: 25-31, we see Jesus, in seeking to bring great comfort to his disciples declaring, “ the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me.” Knowing that Satan’s greatest onslaught was coming with the cross on Calvary, Jesus declares that he has nothing on him, no weak and defective point on which to lay a charge. Jesus had obeyed his Father, and completed the work he was sent to do. Satan cannot condemn him. Jesus is the only one born of a woman in whom Satan has found nothing. “ He came to Adam and Eve and found weakness. He came to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and all the saints and found imperfection. He came to Christ and found “ nothing “ at all. He was a Lamb “ without blemish and without spot”, a suitable sacrifice for a world of sinners, a suitable Head for a redeemed race.” So in Christ we have a perfect, sinless Representative and Substitute....We are hidden in him. The Father sees us in him, unworthy as we are, and for his sake, is well-pleased.” J.C.Ryle. Perfect life, perfect love!
O perfect Love, all human thought transcending,
Lowly we kneel in prayer before thy throne,
That theirs may be the love which knows no ending
Whom Thou for evermore dost join in one.
O Perfect Life, be Thou their full assurance
Of tender charity and steadfast faith,
Of patient hope, and quiet brave endurance,
With childlike trust that fears not pain nor death.
Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow;
Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife,
And to life’s day the glorious unknown morrow
That dawns upon eternal love and life. Dorothy Frances Gurney.
Yes I know this is a hymn sung at weddings, but make it your own betrothal to Christ.
So what’s not to love about our Lord Jesus Christ? Look at Isaiah chapter 53. He is acquainted with grief. He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. Wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities. with his stripes we are healed. He did it all for us!Isaiah 52:9, Break forth into joy, sing together...for the Lord has comforted his people. v10, go out and touch no unclean thing..be clean..that the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God. - That is our task then, to love the Lord, and tell of his love for us.
I trust that our longing for heaven is then not for the peace and tranquility for our selves, the end of decay and destruction, but for the being with Christ because we love him for himself, not just the benefits. Can we indeed say “ Come quickly Lord Jesus” , because we love HIM? May it be so.
Pray. Pray. Pray.