Spiritual Illumination

Jesus Christ

The birth of the Jewish Messiah (Saviour) was foretold by prophets hundreds of years before Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea. His birth and life and death fulfilled hundreds of Old Testament prophecies, yet most of the Jewish nation did not believe. The first believers, however, were Jewish and it is through their testimony and written account of the life of Jesus that we have the New Testament today. According to the prophecies of the Old Testament, the Messiah was not only destined to be a saviour to the Jewish people, but he would also be 'a light to the gentiles' so that non-Jewish people could find God too.

  • Jesus was, and is, unique for many reasons. Apart from being a profound and insightful teacher whose life stands as a credible witness to a radical new way of living, Jesus was unique in the following ways:
  • Jesus had no earthly father: His mother Mary became pregnant by the Holy Spirit
  • Jesus performed powerful miracles: These miracles were numerous, well-documented and witnessed by many.
  • Jesus revealed the character and nature of God the father through his life, love, teaching and his death.
  • Jesus died unjustly, willingly taking the punishment for our sin, even though he lived a righteous life and deserved no punishment.
  • Jesus died, was buried and rose again, revealing himself to his followers and meeting with them over many days, after which he returned to heaven in bodily form.
  • Jesus promised that he would continue to be available to his followers by means of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Holy Spirit is promised to all who believe, enabling them with 'gifts' to serve and glorify God.
  • Throughout history, even to this day, Jesus continues to empower his followers around the world to spread the good news about God's free gift of eternal life which is available to all who will believe.
  • Jesus promised that he would return to judge the world and to deal forever with the problem of evil. He may return at any time.

Why I Believe

I first came to believe in Jesus Christ at the end of a long philosophical search. Having been a church attender with my family as a boy, the full reality of God's love and plan for the world (or more specifically, for me) didn't hit me until Jesus came into my life in 1978 through the life and testimony of a Chinese-Malaysian student who was studying with my brother.

Saturday, November 4, 2006   read more | 108363 reads

The Power of Hope & Faith: Nakato's Story

When a Light to the Nations team from Australia visited a Ugandan village in September 2005, they did not realise that their presence would bring about such a change in the life of one young woman who had lost all hope.
Nakato sick in bed

When we found Nakato in the village near Jinja she was in advanced stages of sickness due to HIV/AIDS. Nakato was a Muslim and married to a Muslim man when she contracted the disease. Unable to care for herself, her husband or her children, Nakato returned home to her mother where she could be cared for, and to get help caring for her children. As the AIDS related symptoms increased, Nakato realised that death was approaching. In desperation she surrender her life to Christ, fully expecting to die.

Sunday, October 22, 2006   read more | 16492 reads

Repenting of Religion: Turning from Judgement to the Love of God

More and more frequently I am encountering believers who are no longer inclined to call themselves Christians when attempting to share their faith in Christ with others. It seems on the surface to be a strange development but one that, upon closer examination, actually seems to have great merit. The term 'Christian' has become a muddied and an emotionally charged word that has all kinds of unintended associations for non-believers that can actually make communicating the love of God with them even more difficult than it should be.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005   read more | login to post comments | 6222 reads

White Man’s Dreaming

The root of most people’s indifference to the issue of interracial reconciliation - particularly as it relates to land rights - stems from white man’s inability to realise the deep significance of land to indigenous people and culture.
Friday, August 20, 1999   read more | 12595 reads

In the Footsteps of Livingstone

People go to Africa for all kinds of reasons. Mine was a primarily a spiritual quest. Like that early pioneer, I too had been strangely compelled and drawn by the hand of providence to explore, in my own way, the "dark continent". My safari began at that place where David Livingstone discovered the most beautiful natural wonder in Africa - Victoria Falls.

Thursday, April 25, 1996   read more | login to post comments | 8197 reads
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