Apr 14, 2019
Come and See – 2 Simon Peter
Series: Come and See

It only takes a couple of bars of the song ‘Borderline’ playing on the radio to take me back almost 3 decades to my 15 year-old self. For me, the song brings to mind fond memories of summer holidays; driving from the city to the beach in my friends new (very old) car, windows down, sun streaming in, not a care in the world. My recently acquired cassette containing ‘The Immaculate Collection’, of Madonna’s greatest hits playing from the car stereo. I smile upon hearing the familiar tune, close my eyes, and in a sense, I am there again.

There is something about a song that stirs up emotions and causes people to remember significant moments in time. Songs can bring back cherished memories. Songs can create a feeling so strong they seems to transport you to another time and place. Songs are powerful reminders of important snapshots and seasons in our life.

We can only imagine how Peter was impacted by the song the crowd sang on the day he and the other disciples escorted Jesus into Jerusalem with a Triumphal Entry on Palm Sunday. Thousands of people were making their way from the surrounding countryside into Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover. That day, they sang a song that stirred deep emotions, a song that their ancestors had sang for centuries. They sang a song that reminded them of how God had rescued them from their enemies. A song that helped them to recall how the great original Passover led to an Exodus out of slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago. Peter, likely, was singing this song too, as he walked with Jesus and the other disciples into Jerusalem. He knew this song by heart. All the disciples did for this, ‘Hosanna song’, was a tune that every Jew knew well and sang with gusto, “Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Psalm 118:25-26)

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  • Apr 14, 2019Come and See – 2 Simon Peter
    Apr 14, 2019
    Come and See – 2 Simon Peter
    Series: Come and See

    It only takes a couple of bars of the song ‘Borderline’ playing on the radio to take me back almost 3 decades to my 15 year-old self. For me, the song brings to mind fond memories of summer holidays; driving from the city to the beach in my friends new (very old) car, windows down, sun streaming in, not a care in the world. My recently acquired cassette containing ‘The Immaculate Collection’, of Madonna’s greatest hits playing from the car stereo. I smile upon hearing the familiar tune, close my eyes, and in a sense, I am there again.

    There is something about a song that stirs up emotions and causes people to remember significant moments in time. Songs can bring back cherished memories. Songs can create a feeling so strong they seems to transport you to another time and place. Songs are powerful reminders of important snapshots and seasons in our life.

    We can only imagine how Peter was impacted by the song the crowd sang on the day he and the other disciples escorted Jesus into Jerusalem with a Triumphal Entry on Palm Sunday. Thousands of people were making their way from the surrounding countryside into Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover. That day, they sang a song that stirred deep emotions, a song that their ancestors had sang for centuries. They sang a song that reminded them of how God had rescued them from their enemies. A song that helped them to recall how the great original Passover led to an Exodus out of slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago. Peter, likely, was singing this song too, as he walked with Jesus and the other disciples into Jerusalem. He knew this song by heart. All the disciples did for this, ‘Hosanna song’, was a tune that every Jew knew well and sang with gusto, “Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Psalm 118:25-26)

  • Apr 7, 2019Come and See 1 – Jesus Loves
    Apr 7, 2019
    Come and See 1 – Jesus Loves
    Series: Come and See
    A few years ago Rebecca and I were in Hawaii on holiday and we visited the big Island so we could go and see some active volcanos. We particularly wanted to go and see actual lava flowing and walk all over newly formed rocks. I don’t know if its the same now but at that time it was a 13km walk (one way) from the car park out to the lava fields. So we each took a couple of litres of water and set out. It was a great walk, most of the way on a well graded road. But once we got to the lava field we had to climb over very hot shiny black rocks. The Hawaiian sun, black rocks and hot lava just a meter away meant that our water supplies did not last long.

    We still had an incredible time clambering all over the amazing landscape watching the rock flowing like mud. We stayed until the sun had gone down and the landscape glowed with pools of lava spreading over the terrain, it was surreal. By the time we got back to the car however I was desperately thirsty. I had a headache, my mouth was dry, my tongue was swollen and my muscles were like jelly - I needed water. I couldn’t think about anything else. When I did get some water it was the sweetest thing I have ever put in my mouth. I cannot describe just how incredibly good it tasted.

    This Sunday we begin our Easter message series called ‘Come & See.’ Each week we are going to look at a different encounter someone had with Jesus.