A Tale of two kings

Jeremiah 31:15 The birth of Christ was attended by great sorrow. In one day, several mothers were brought to tears when King Herod ordered all toddlers in Bethlehem to be slaughtered. Why? He learnt a new king had been born there and he didn't want a rival. Years earlier, Jeremiah had described the sorrow felt … Continue reading A Tale of two kings

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Righteous Suffering

1 Peter 3:8-18 The Christian life comes with a good dose of suffering. We are a people seeking God's glory in a world that is hostile to him. Whether overt or subtle, the believer feels the world's opposition. A look, a remark, an attack - it comes in various forms. And it can be discouraging. … Continue reading Righteous Suffering

Remember Judas

Matthew 27:3 I wonder what Judas thought. He changed his mind when he saw that Jesus was condemned. What was he thinking? Did he think the Jewish rulers merely wanted a word with Christ? He cheapened Christ, betraying him for thirty pieces of silver. He obviously saw no value in Christ beyond the monetary gain … Continue reading Remember Judas

Already and Not-yet

Isaiah 35:5,6 The entrance of Christ into our world was like 'water breaking forth in the wilderness, and stream in the desert' (Isaiah 35:6). He came in power, healing all who were oppressed of the Devil. He came literally opening the eyes of the blind, unlocking the ears of the deaf, and causing the lame … Continue reading Already and Not-yet

A King without borders

Psalm 72:11-13 Christ came as the awaited Messiah who would occupy David's throne. This passage reflects the expectation that he would be a global King, whose rule would extend over all the earth. While the Jewish hope that the Messiah would literally live in Jerusalem in a restored palace wasn't realized, Christ does reign as … Continue reading A King without borders

A God who keeps his word

Jeremiah 23:7-8 At the centre of the message of the Bible is a God who keeps his word. When he makes a promise, we can certainly count on him to fulfill it. God promised a Redeemer right after our first parents sinned. The entire story line of the scriptures is basically how this promise was … Continue reading A God who keeps his word

Jeremiah’s call and ours

Jeremiah 1:5-10 Jeremiah's call spoke powerfully to me after I became a Christian. In it I could discern God calling me to bear witness to the gospel. I had the same objection, but I received similar encouragement. The God who sends forth never abandons - and so it has been all these years. This is … Continue reading Jeremiah’s call and ours

Oriki Mi (My Oriki)

    In the Yoruba worldview, an individual's identity is closely tied to the community. It might be said of a person that 'the community is, therefore I am.' Out of this context emerges the Oriki. It is a praise poem celebrating the individual as a member of his family or clan. And it summarily recounts … Continue reading Oriki Mi (My Oriki)

True Love

At a time like this when the word 'Love' is being thrown around, it is helpful to reflect on what love really is. We have no better example than the Redeemer who gave himself for His Church (Eph. 5:25). He shows us that love essentially involves a self-giving interest and commitment to the well-being of … Continue reading True Love