THE PARABLE OF THE WISE AND FOOLISH SAILOR

THE PARABLE OF THE WISE AND FOOLISH SAILOR

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) The wise sailor looks ahead and regularly checks the weather forecast, the predicted sea state and effect of tides before embarking on a passage. The foolish one heads out in blind hope all will be okay. The wise reads the signs in the skies, the foolish simply heads out and hopes for the best. The wise makes his boat ready and ensure it is seaworthy, the foolish hopes for the best. Followers of the Way are all like sailors on the ocean of life, pilgrims passing one another undertaking their respective journey – one that must be completed. Sometimes this journey involved passing through storms and heavy weather when things can be difficult and uncomfortable, pushing us out of our comfort zone. Peter knew this feeling when Jesus asked him to step out of the boat in the storm. Peter also learnt that when he took his eyes off Jesus, the author and finisher of his faith, that he would be overwhelmed by emotions and feelings based on what he saw around him; things which caused him to sink. Feelings can lie whereas truth does not – the wise sailor knows this. God loves His children, He is our fortress and strong tower, His eyes scan to and fro in all the earth, so we should not fear when trouble comes – and it will. The wise sailor sees heavy weather approaching and may run for shelter or heave-to and prepare to ride out the storm; the foolish thinks he can manage without taking precautions. The wise man foresees evil and hides himself. (Proverbs 27:12)...
THE ROYAL WEDDING, WILL YOU BE THERE? PART 1

THE ROYAL WEDDING, WILL YOU BE THERE? PART 1

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Most people enjoy a good wedding. There is something special about them, something meaningful and indeed deeply spiritual. They are events at which we can rejoice and be glad for the newlywed couple by celebrating their special day with them.   Billions watched the pageantry and grandeur of the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on TV, whilst hundreds of thousands lined the streets of London and a lucky few attended in person. Well, one day we will have the opportunity to attend a royal wedding; the wedding between the King of Kings and His bride. With this thought in mind we want to share a question God posed to us here at Emmaus in early 2014: “will the Groom come for a bride who despises His own family?” Jesus, the Church and Israel The Bible contains many texts alluding to the relationship between Jesus and His people as similar to that of a bride and groom. It’s a theme in the old testament that continues into the new. Examples are to be found in Hosea 2, Ephesians 5 or Revelation 21.   So in considering God’s question, “will the Groom come for a bride who despises His own family” we must start by acknowledging the Groom’s heritage: Jesus was a Jew. He was born of the line of David. “I am the root and the offspring of David and the bright Morning Star.”[i] Jesus a Jewish Messiah He was born into a Jewish family, dedicated at the temple on the 8th day in accordance with Jewish custom, went up to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover each...