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Update from Pastor David Booker April 1, 2020

Wednesday, April 1

Update & Prayer Notes

Mark 11:20 – 13:37

For Jesus to be “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” he had to be perfect. Every lamb sacrificed in the temple had to be without defect. Only perfect lambs need apply for the role. In this passage in Mark’s gospel, Jesus is examined: by chief priests (11:27-33); by the Pharisees and Herodians (12:13-17); by the Sadducees (12:18-27); and by a scribe (12: 28-34).

These examinations are bookended by Jesus asking a question of his own. When his accusers could not answer, it further demonstrated that Jesus authority and perfection was far above that of his critics. He was … and is … the perfect “Lamb of God come to take away the sins of the world.”

Jesus is perfect. It’s why we, who are not, need him. Need this salvation that is in no one else. But having received his forgiveness and redemption, we must dedicate ourselves to becoming like him.

Today I read about man whom I have never known. But the story of Isaac Milner, who died on this day in 1820, is one of redemption and spiritual influence.

When Milner was ten, his father died and the boy was pulled from school and sent to work as a weaver where he labored until he was eighteen. Despite this inauspicious start Isaac would work at a loom with a Latin copy of Tacitus at hand as well as a volume in Greek.

Given the opportunity to go to College at the age of 20, he excelled, winning awards at school and becoming a deacon in the Church of England, fellow of his college, tutor, priest, junior proctor, and president of Queen’s College. However, it was as an evangelical Christian he made his most-lasting mark.

A friend of William Wilberforce, they traveled together through Europe. Their discussions influenced the great social reformer and abolitionist, Wilberforce, to become a Christian. As a professor at Queen’s College, Milner influenced a generation of young evangelicals. He was known as both a generous philanthropist and advocate for social reform. His love for Jesus was evident in a letter he wrote to Wilberforce.

O, my friend! May we only be surely anchored on good ground, and all the rest will be as nothing. I rejoice in the very few words you yourself write, towards the close of your letter, of loving the Saviour.

Known for his passion for Jesus and love of fun and laughter, Milner might have enjoyed the association of the day of his death with “April Fools” day.

 Jesus was tested and found perfect. How will we do when examined?

 - Pastor David Booker