Glencairn Methodist Church
Easter April 2012
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. You may be a frequent visitor to these pages and have a connection with Glencairn or you may live on the other side of the world and have stumbled upon us seemingly by accident or through casual browsing. Now that you are here please invest a little more time and read the following comments with an open mind.
“I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever and I hold the keys of death and Hades.” These words as recorded in Revelation chapter 1 in the Bible are attributed as spoken in person by Jesus Christ a number of years after his reported death and resurrection. He was speaking to John the fisherman who as a disciple was to become a fisher of men and later to become an Apostle. The conversation took place on the island of Patmos where John was being held in exile because of his association with Jesus.
Jesus gave John seven distinct messages for some Christian communities in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. In each of the messages Jesus speaks with complete authority about what is and is not acceptable behaviour for people who profess to be members of his church.
This is the point. The Church belongs to the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. The Church that began in Jerusalem, spread to Turkey and is now in Glencairn and where ever you are, belongs to the “living One” who “was dead” and is now “alive for ever and ever”.
Sadly today Christian communities can get it very wrong and we need to say sorry and return to the place of living for Jesus Christ and for his glory alone.
Have you been hurt by a church person or group; have the ungodly or uncaring actions of some professing Christians obscured the face of Jesus Christ from you and do you now prefer to go it alone?
This Easter would be a good time to decide to begin a conscious journey toward finding a Christian community that you can call home. Ask Jesus Christ to lead you to a place that welcomes and values you as his and where you find healing and hope. We are an Easter people. Our Lord is risen! The best is yet to be.
Good Friday – 6th April 2012
NOTE - Previous "Monthly Messages" are archived at http://glencairn.connor.anglican.org/previousmessages.htm