"Only let your conduct be worthy of the Gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the Faith of the Gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of Salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me." Philippians 1:27-30
United for Victory
The motto of the Transvaal was Eendragt Maakt Magt (In Unity is Strength). This was the motto of the Wencommando that Andries Pretorius adopted as they rode out in 1838 to deal with the threat of Dingaan's Impis after their treachery and massacres at Bloukraans River and what is now called Weenen. There is strength in unity - for good or ill.
United to Crucify Christ
We can see that our enemies are united. The enemies of Christ united to crucify Him. There was not much in common between the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Scribes, the Herodians and the Romans. Yet they co-operated to crucify Christ. In Jerusalem the enemies of Christ had nothing much in common except that they worked together when it came to the illegal trial, shameful abuse, torture and crucifixion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 1 Corinthians 2:9
God has created us for eternity. Heaven is mentioned 550 times in the Bible, by that name alone. Heaven in also referred to by many other names. It is described as "the better country" that the prophets sought after. It is described as "the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God." Hebrews 11:10
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." John 14:1-2
“For we must all appear before the Judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10
Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii
When the Apostle Paul was being transported as a prisoner to Rome, his ship docked to the south of Rome in the port city of Puteoli. Puteoli was a fashionable holiday resort with hot sulphur springs and many villas. Puteoli lay in the shadow of the great Vesuvius Mountain. This rugged mountain was actually a volcano, but as it hadn’t erupted in a thousand years, it was considered dormant.
Shortly after the Apostle Paul passed by, Mount Vesuvius exploded. For forty hours Vesuvius erupted and, while Puteoli was spared, nearby Pompeii was destroyed. The 20,000 people of Pompeii were killed by the gasses and ash, then preserved by the molten lava volcanic destruction which rolled over them and hermetically sealed them in their gigantic tomb.
"These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His Name." John 20:31
The Purpose of John's Gospel
"That you may believe." and "That you may have life."
The Structure of John
The Revelation of Christ
The Rejection of Christ
The Redemption of Christ
The Resurrection of Christ