The media are talking about The Great British Bakeoff and Strictly Come dancing, and the latest bakers and celebrities to face the caustic tongue of Paul Holly- wood and Craig Revel Horwood. That means it’s the beginning of Sept and Autumn is slowly creeping in on us. If you are anything like me you will be thinking where has 2019 gone, and how can I slow down the inevitable speed that life seems to go by. As we get to the end of 2019 we will be looking at four Psalms that speak particularly about the seasons and how they mirror in a powerful way the experiences of life, but before that we will be looking at a number of passag- es within the gospels where different people encoun- tered the person of Jesus.
If you could choose an historical figure that you would like to meet who would it be? Julius Caesar? Henry the VIII, Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill? I would guess our answers would vary tremendously, but I might be on a winner if I guessed that many of you, maybe all of you, would have loved to meet Jesus in person, in the flesh!
Our series is called ‘Encounters with Jesus’ and it will include a colourful cast of biblical characters from Nicodemus to Blind Bartimaeus.
You would think that if anybody met Jesus then they would never be the same again, and the majority of people that we are considering found their lives transformed. But that was not always the case, because Jesus encountered rejection, hatred, and he continues to experience that today.
I hope and pray that as we look at these characters and consider these personal encounters with Jesus we will be encouraged, inspired and that our relationship with him will go higher and deeper and wider.
In his grip