“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27
April was a fabulous month. It was a real privilege to spend my first Easter as an ordained minister with you. All the services were a real blessing, from the first Sunday of the month when we heard the events surrounding Jesus’ death to Easter Sunday itself when we shared in the joy of the resurrection. There were services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday which were more reflective in style. It was wonderful to gather with our brothers and sisters from Intake and to place ourselves in the upper room and at the foot of the cross.
I also preached in the Market Place during the Walk of Witness. Despite some difficulties with the sound system it was a good introduction to open air preaching, although I much prefer Hall Gate’s pulpit.
After a week of such activity it may seem that the following weeks are a time of anti-climax. However, one of the great lessons of the Reformation was to remind us that there are 52 Holy Days each year. Every Sunday we gather together to hear about the death and resurrection of our Lord. Every week is a remembrance and celebration of what God has done for us. The week before Easter reminded me of the importance of repeating the facts of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins and new life in him. This is the ground we stand on.
Having said that, some of you may be wondering why we’re beginning to look at the whole Bible from Genesis 1 through to Revelation. The answer to that lies in the words of Jesus in Luke 24. As he goes along the road to Emmaus he shows the disbelieving disciples how all the Bible – in their case the Old Testament – relates to him. Then, when he appears to the whole company of disciples, he teaches them how “everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled” (verse 44).
Our journey through the Bible will take that focus. We will look at the lives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the lives of Moses, Joshua and David, and see how God has dealt with his people throughout history, preparing the way for the final revelation of his grace in Jesus Christ.
This is a story worth telling – come and hear!