Friday, October 06, 2006

Its all about Jesus

Phil gave his testimony last night. He became a Christian on February 25th 2006. In his own words "It's all about Jesus". Its easy to dwell on the circumstances and the hows of becoming a Christian. Its greater to talk about the whys. The who of becoming a Christian. To speak of Jesus! He is why I'm a Christian. Why I became a Christian. Why I remain a Christian! Spurgeon reflected on becoming a Christian and said that at the time he thought it his decision... but looking back from the other side those events get re-interpretted. It becomes evident that Christ chose him - for he would not have done, but for Jesus. And it is Jesus that keeps us Christian. His blood. His love. His power. His righteousness. His mercy. His justice. His perfection. Essentially, his Cross.

John Piper exults over Jesus for 10 minutes, at DG04
(HT: Adrian Warnock)

Last night at Reading CU's Freshers Week meeting Marcus Honeysett confronted us from God's word (Mark 8) with a simple message... Don't Waste Your Life. Sin is rubbish, Jesus is brilliant. Don't waste your life. Gaining the whole world is simply to low an ambition. Marcus gets as close to the Christian hedonistic fire of Piper that I've heard in the UK and I'm thankful for his serving us last night. If God's word sets down deep roots in the lives of the 130+ people who were there then it could ignite something that could change the world.

Today, its 470 years since William Tyndale was martyred. October 6th 1436. (Thank you Church of England Common Prayer book). Tyndale got the Bible into English and people hated what they saw there. God's word exposes sin and it exposes the glory of Jesus - and sinful people hate to be told about their sin, and until God grants then repentance they will hate the sight of Jesus.
"I call God to record against the day we shall appear before our Lord Jesus, that I never altered one syllable of God's Word against my conscience, nor would do this day, if all that is in earth, whether it be honor, pleasure, or riches, might be given me."
Tyndale knew that gaining the world was worthless compared to faithfulness to the word of God. And he would swerve from it. When the word of God is unleashed in the hearts of men theey get recreated. Himalayan mountains of sinful ambition get flattened. Grand Canyons and ocean trenches of deep rooted rebellion are filled. Deserts of affection for Christ become vibrant oases where living water flows and life flourishes. The human heart is remade and united with Jesus. And to it begins to be revealed all the wisdom and knowledge of Jesus... all the love and power of Jesus... all the righteousness and justice of Jesus... forever!

Cat Hare blogs today about Tyndale
Rosemary Grier blogs about Tyndale

UPDATE: No news on the availability of an MP3 of Marcus at Reading CU - but Southampton did record his talk the night after... Marcus Honeysett - Priorities @ Southampton CU


  1. oh man, that we would see and rejoice in Christ in all His glory, and be changed 2 Cor 3:18 style...

  2. Inconsistently, yes. And that's where I found Tyndale!