Thursday, 30 March 2017


The longer you look at something the more able you are able to distinguish various features. In this busy and fast paced & upbeat life of instants we seem to becoming more and more like the famous & fictitious Mr Sherlock Holmes. Yet unlike him I would surmise we fail miserably at retrieving & appreciating all the data. We are after all human & very limited, unlike our dreams and aspirations.

The Holy Bible assists us on so many levels in this regard. It forensically takes us back to the passing scenes of history with descriptive truth while Sherlock remains stuck in a century in England only to be reimagined in the name of drama & ratings.

God reveals to us that He is on our case & the crime scene. We are dead people walking, deeply marred by sin with levels of goodness that easily throw us off the track. In our assumed goodness we don’t recognise our sin & nor can we as we suppose it to be a minor thing & unrecognisable to the naked eye although we see it in others easily enough.

In Christ alone do we observe a case so distinctive & so divine. The innocent truthful one willingly becomes the victim so that the victim may go free. It is not solved by genius or fine intellect but by humility & obedience even unto death itself. Not by brains & not brawn or steroids or technology as helpful as those things may or may not be, but by spirit, God’s spirit.

Isaiah 42:1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.


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