Thursday, 26 February 2015

Jesus is Number 1


[He is] the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created…
(Colossians 1:15b-16a)

Jesus is the firstborn in the family of creation. That is to say has the first rank of all creation. Paul will later tell us  that Jesus is also the first rank in the new creation: he is "the beginning, the firstborn from the dead".  Jesus is not the first to rise from the dead but  he ranks first among God's new creation, just as he ranks first in the old creation.


The idea of Jesus  being even ranked among creation is perplexing. Is Jesus not above creation? The answer of course is yes and no. Jesus in his divine nature  is certainly above creation. Jesus is uncreated because Paul has already told us Jesus is God made visible : "he is the image of the invisible God". Jesus is the Eternal Son of God.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Humour in Luke

As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. (‭Luke‬ ‭9‬:‭51--55)
The cheek of James and John! They are standing with Jesus, God in the flesh, and they want to know if Jesus needs a little help :  “Do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven?” “Jesus, it was  great when you healed the keeper, and the whole casting out demons stunt was quite interesting. But come on, Jesus, we’re going to have to call out the big guns for this job.” The look on Jesus must have been priceless! 

Copyright © Chola Mukanga 2015

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Jesus, Love and Terrorists

I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you 
- LORD JESUS  
Is there a harder commandment in the Bible than this one? There is no escaping its force. Followers of Jesus are to love the people who not only oppose us intellectually but also people who willfully work and take pleasure in doing much harm to our bodies emotionally, physically and spiritually. 

Apostle Paul, a man who spent the early part of his life murdering followers of Jesus, later found forgiveness in Jesus. Jesus transformed him and in his letter to the church in Rome echoes the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them". Apostle Peter has the same words with a new twist, "Do not repay evil for evil...but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called". Peter says this posture of love for enemies is the very essence of being a follower of Jesus.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

6 reasons to ditch that phone in a meeting!

Travis Bradberry gives six things having the phone with you in a meeting communicates about you: 
1. Lack of respect. It says you consider your phone to be more important than the conversation or topic at hand. 
2. Lack of attention. It communicates that you are unable to stay focused on one thing at a time.

3. Lack of listening. You are not practicing active listening when you are with your phone. So no one around you feels heard. 
4. Lack of power. You are like a modern-day Pavlovian dog who responds to the whims of others through the buzz of your phone. 
5. Lack of self-awareness. You don't understand how ridiculous your behavior looks to other people. 
6. Lack of social awareness. You don't understand how your behavior affects those around you.
From an article written by Travis Bradberry (Linkedin Pulse). Apparently researchers conducted a USA nationwide survey of 554 full-time working professionals earning above $30K and working in companies with at least 50 employees. They asked a variety of questions about smartphone use during meetings. They found around 85% think it’s inappropriate to answer phone calls, write texts or emails during meetings. Interesting, the more money people make the less they approve of smartphone use.

Copyright © Chola Mukanga 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014

The invisibility challenge

He is the image of the invisible God
I have long been fascinated by the challenge of invisibility. One of the things people say when you discuss with the question of God with them is that there’s no evidence for God. Usually what they mean is that God is not physically obvious to them. God is not something that they can feel and touch so they struggle to accept that he exists.