Easter celebration reminds us of a number of things that occurred in relation to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Among those are Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial of Christ. Some may argue that Judas’ betrayal was worse than Peter’s denial while others may argue the opposite. One thing is common; both were acts of disappointment to their dear Master. There are some other similarities between both men’s actions; they were both forewarned by the Lord. In Mat. 26 Judas was informed that he was the person to betray the Lord (vs. 25) while in vs. 34, Peter was told that he was to deny the Lord thrice before the cockcrow. Another similarity is that both men completed their respective betrayal and denial actions without stopping amidst their actions to reason that they were doing exactly what they were warned against. If after receiving the 30 pieces of silver Judas reasoned that he was betraying his innocent Lord, he probably could have returned the money and decided not to lead the mob to Christ. Similarly, if Peter reasoned that he was doing just what he was forewarned against, he might have stopped after the first or second denials. The same Lord who warned both Judas and Peter has also warned us that those who are not saved will have their parts in hell fire. Again, like Judas and Peter, some people will not reason to heed the Lord’s warning until they enter into hell fire. It is amazing how we often ignore warnings thinking that we have things under control, but we don’t.
Watchman Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement
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EASTER RETREAT 2015
Thursday 04-03-15 to Sunday 04-06-15
THEME: An Ideal Christian Community
Historically, the early Christian community was first nick-named “Christians” in Antioch because of the life of Christ that was found in them (Acts 11:25-26). Today, there are a lot of so-called Christian communities and if you interviewed spokespersons for these so-called Christian assemblies and asked them to for marks of Christian authenticity that might be associated with their respective congregations, you will truly marvel at how much they have strayed from the standard of the early Christians. Some will hastily point at their age, numerical strength and influence [not due to Godliness] as positive proof of their authentic Christian walk; others would appeal to their regular vision of “angels” and the manifestation of “spirits”; a third category would consider themselves ideal Christians because of some Bible truths they haphazardly believe and keep; a fourth category would point to the miracles they have recorded and thus conclude themselves to be the genuine Christians. Yet, if those in Antioch who were nick-named Christians then were around today to comment, they would have certainly black-listed very many of these communities for the things they lack which were undoubtedly present within the early Christian church or for the things present in them which had no place in the early Christian church.
It is because of such a situation that the Watchman Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement—because of the ministry it has received (Isaiah 49:5-6)—cannot afford to be anything other than An Ideal Christian Community. Let us now consider and draw useful lessons from a few essentials of an ideal Christian community that we have been raised and ordained to be.