Archive for March, 2012

Easter Story. Part-Two.

Jesus always knew that He was going to the cross/stake. It was His own choice to give up His life for us. He often told his disciples that he was going to die and on the third day rise from the dead, but they at the time did not understand what he meant. Luke 18:31-34, Matthew 20:17-19, Mark 10:31-34. After Jesus was arrested in the garden by the mob, he was passed from one group of men to another. Lies, false witnesses, were all placed against Him. He was humiliated, He was beaten, but He remained silent as a lamb is lead to the slaughter. Matthew 27:1-2, 11-14, John 18:37-19:16, Isaiah 53:3-5.

Easter Story. Part-One.

With a kiss in the garden of tears.

The events of the journey by the Lord to the cross began long before these events, but it is here that one of His own betrays Him. Judas was a thief and appeared to be one who cared for the welfare of others, he also had his own ideas about who Jesus really was. But he had missed the point by a long shot. Luke 22:47-53. Many people who claim to be Christians today are in the same boat. They have their own conception, but they fail to understand who Jesus is and the commitment that He requires from those who follow Him.

Saint Patrick. Part-two.

What we today know about this man, is generally from legends about him. But the historical facts show us that he was a very active and determined Christian believer, who wanted to evangelize a remote part of the northern region of the island of Ireland. Today known as the province of Ulster.

From landing at Saul in County Down and the establishment of that first cell Church there, he went on to reach out to the areas around Strangford Lough. But later in his life Greyabbey, Nedrum and Movilla were to be important centers of the new Celtic community. We learn a lot about him from his writings, about being delayed and held up by various tribes. We also see that other Christians for financial gains sold communities to pirates and slave traders. At the end of Patrick’s life he died in the Antrim hills and was returned to Bangor for burial.

It was the Normans who had his body dug up and moved to Downpatrick. Patrick has had an massive impact on Ireland and through the good works of nuns and priests in helping the people of Nigeria, they have adopted him as their patron saint too. It is from Patrick that later men and women went out from Ireland to Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall and many other places, probably of no return to serve their Lord and master Jesus.

Saint Patrick

Patron Saint of Ireland and Nigeria (adopted), feast day 17th March. This man who dedicated his life to preaching the gospel message to the Irish, began as a slave taken by Irish pirates from his home in Roman Britain. Later in his teens he escaped, but it was through a vision/dream, that he returned with a determination. Thank God that men and women like him have the courage and strength even today to go out to far flung parts of the world to tell the good news about Jesus. Patrick wrote two key documents about his life and ministry before he died, the Confessio and the epistle to Coroticus. These letters are the most valuable record we have as a window into Celtic paganism and the conditions of the day. Patrick achieved much in his life time, with the establishment of key missionary centers, the training of men to follow him. The establishment of Bangor in noth-county Down and many church’s across the province of Ulster. Patrick always described himself ‘as a sinner‘. some people may not like to hear that, but that is the facts.

Both letters also quote the same scriptures at the beginning. 1 Timothy 1:15-16, 1 Corinthians 15:8-10. 

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