Easter 2015

April 2, 2015

Easter message from the Bishop: A photo of Bishop John “I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”

Moses speaks to Joshua. Numbers 11.29

Like the pilgrim people of Israel in the wilderness, we might, from time to time, feel lost, uncertain or unnecessarily challenged by events.  But as for them and for Jesus himself, living as the People of God demands faith and trust, not the certainty of having every question answered and every sharp edge rounded off. Labouring for the Lord’s harvest, breaking the ground, clearing the land, sowing the seed striving to nurture the crop, and being pruned as well as nourished is the path of service and hope exemplified by the Jesus of our faith. The Spirit of God is not confined to our structures, but challenges us to work with the new as well as with the old; the unusual as well as the familiar. May you all come to Easter Day with a sense of renewal and trust in the God who is with us and leads us both into and through the wilderness.   Numbers 11.16-17 and 24 - 29 16The Lord said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Make them come to the Tent of Meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit that is on you and put the Spirit on them. They will help you carry the burden of the people so that you will not have to carry it alone. 24So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and made them stand around the Tent. 25Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again. 26However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ assistant since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!” 29But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.        (NIV)