MELPA LUTHERAN CHURCH- EXODUS CONGREGATION, PORT MORESBY,PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Exodus Congregation is one of the Regional Fellowship areas outside of Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea Head Quarter in Mount Hagen. Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, the Capital City of Papua New Guinea. It started within a family with few individuals with the strength and Power of the Holi Spirit. It has expanded over a period of ten years and now it has 6 House Prayers at certain suburbs in Port Moresby

JESUS SPEAKS ABOUT HIS SUFFERING AND DEATH

 Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

This week we are going to look at what Jesus said plainly to his disciples about his suffering and death. He said to his disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer much from the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of law. These words that Jesus spoke are written in the Gospel of Matthew 16:21-28. Summary of these accounts are as follows.

·         Jesus said to his disciples, “I will be put to death, but three days later I will be raised to life."

·      He further said to his disciples, "If  any of you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me. If you want to save your own life, you will lose it, but if you lose your life for my sake, you will find it. Will you gain anything if you win the whole world but lose your life? Of course not! There is nothing you can give to regain your life.

·         For the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each one according to his deeds.”

 

Discussion

In this scripture reading, Jesus told his disciples to forget yourself and follow him which also implies to our lives. How can we forget ourselves to follow Jesus? It somewhat means we must not worry too much about satisfying our lives with the materials of this world. What will we eat, wear and live must not be seen as very important in our lives. We must consider serving our Lord and Saviour as a priority and always commit to our fellowship with God and his Church.

How will we carry our cross and follow Jesus?

To carry our cross is to endure the challenging times or situations in our lives while in the course of our Christian faith. There may be physical shortfalls in terms of wealth or in terms of  troubles in life or illnesses. Despite all the odd and challenges or difficult situations we may go through, never give up on serving our Lord in praising him and worshipping him and also supporting ministries in the Church to extend and maintain God’s Kingdom on Earth.

If we prioritise our personal activities in our lives to settle well even if we know that there was an announcement regarding a church meeting or a night fellowship or a physical work required at church but we give less attention and no commitment is given in this regard. This could be an example of trying to safe our lives on Earth. If anything strike our lives, we may lose it if we don’t have faith in Jesus  Christ and keep busy with the worldly life.

 But if we commit out lives to Jesus in serving him by going to church, support church activities in whatever capacity and help we could offer and belief in the word of God and follow the laws of God and never worry about our lives in how we will live, eat, dress then we are carrying our cross and following Jesus. Through tough and good times, the Lord is with us to the end of the age and there for we endure all odds and never give up our faith in Christ Jesus.

 When Jesus Christ Come in the Glory of His Father with his Angels, he will reward us according to our deeds and we will live with him forever in Heaven.

 Amen

 

Exodus Congregation Confirmation and Baptism Service - Photo Courtesy of John Mungri Matthew

 

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