Good Shepherd. Messiah. Son of Adam. Son of David. Son of God. God with us.
Two millennia past, a Middle Eastern carpenter strode into town after town and captivated people with his message of God’s righteousness and mankind’s hope. He never wrote a book. He never had a formal education. He never held political office. Yet still today, in Harringay and all over the world, he is worshipped.
He never had a formal education. He never held political office. Yet still today, in Harringay and all over the world, he is worshipped.
We believe that Jesus is the living God, who took flesh and went about among mankind. Yes, it’s as staggering as it sounds! (Probably more so.) The eternal, lack-nothing Creator shrank himself down and took on human frailty and weakness. The God who doesn’t have a birthday chose to have a birthday.
We love Jesus’ teachings at St Paul’s. We love his care for people and his welcome to all-comers who sincerely seek God. We love his integrity. We love the calm resolve with which he faced death. And our hearts sing with love when he bursts out of the tomb on Easter Morning, when he feeds Death a taste of its own medicine. We love that he came to play the judge (righting every wrong), but also to be the Messiah (being the saviour-leader we need).
We are a bunch of ordinary people, many of whom used to use Jesus’ name as a swear-word. Now we believe there is no more precious name on this earth, for he came to seek and to save us when we were lost (Luke chapter 19 verse 10) and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark chapter 10 verse 45). Our heart’s desire is to see him face to face one day in the new world he’s creating.