The Advent season challenges us to focus on the need for preparation, not only for the coming of Jesus as the child of Bethlehem, but as the Lord who comes again in the fullness of time to resolve our longings and to dispel our bewilderment. As we undertake our inner preparation, by prayerful repentance and a sense of joyful anticipation, all the busy-ness of our outward preparations for Christmas fall into place, so that we can then give thanks wholeheartedly for the gift of the Saviour when the festival arrives.
This talk looks at Matthew 19:14 where Jesus associates the characteristics of children with those who inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. We hear about three typical traits of children that also feature in Jesus; Trust, Playfulness & Humour and a Sense of Wonder, and how these can play a significant role in our lives as Kingdom focused adults.
The story of Thomas in John chapter 20 underlines the trust Jesus places in his followers, doubt notwithstanding. Honest doubt can be a necessary stepping stone to faith. The lesson Thomas came to learn was that God calls us to trust, not to demand certainty. Quoting from the 'The Shack', “faith doesn’t live in the house of certainty.” So, how therefore do we honour the trust and faith that Jesus places in us?
John compares the scriptures with food - that which meets our needs and that which gives delight. God's provision for all (not just the intellectually minded) that is for inward digestion, through which we encounter Jesus, the Word made flesh.