Category: Simon Ponsonby

Shackleton’s third man

  |  0 Comments

The experience of Shacklteon in the Antartic when on a perilous journey over ice mountains he and his colleagues were aware of a strange accompanying presence:

Who is the third who always walks beside you? When I count there are only you and I together. But when I look ahead up the white road there is always another walking beside you.

There is always another walking beside you – the Lord inviting you to walk with me. Jesus walked along the Galilee shoreline and called people to him. Jesus walked to the disciples on the stormy sea and dispelled their lurking fears. Jesus walked to the mourners on the Emmaus Road and turned and set their hearts on fire.

Jesus walks alongside you and says, “Walk with me.”

Simon Ponsonby

Click to Tweet

From the book "Amazed by Jesus"

Available on amazon.co.uk*

Available on amazon.com*

Available on amazon.com.au*


Do I meet you praying?

  |  0 Comments

The saintly Methodist leader John Fletcher of Madeley is said to have prayed at all times, regularly spending all night in prayer and when walking, greeting his friends he would ask the question, “Do I meet you praying?”

It is said the first sign of madness is talking to yourself – I suspect many might think I’m going mad for I always walk and talk to the Lord. But I often see people walking along the road, headphones in their ears, talking – I presume they’re on their phone. Why not put your headphones on, put some music on and walk and talk out loud to the Lord – cultivating a constant communication with Jesus.

Simon Ponsonby

Click to Tweet

From the book "Amazed by Jesus"

Available on amazon.co.uk*

Available on amazon.com*

Available on amazon.com.au*


Jesus Walks

  |  0 Comments

Before his rise to stardom, the controversial artist Kanye West wrote a song titled “Jesus Walks.” It was about how Jesus walks with all kinds of people and is told from the perspective of a drug dealer contemplating God. Kanye West played it to many music executives, who all turned him down because it didn’t conform to the the accepted stereotypical form of rap, But Kanye knew Jesus walks with any and all whatever side of life they come from. Kanye’s mum, in her biography of her son, recalls one night when 300 teenagers gave their lives to Chrisy after an appeal when Jesu Walks was performed.

Simon Ponsonby

Click to Tweet

From the book "Amazed by Jesus"

Available on amazon.co.uk*

Available on amazon.com*

Available on amazon.com.au*


Astronaut vs Jesus

  |  0 Comments

Jim Irwin who was one of only eight people to walk on the moon (at least at the time of writing). He went to space agnostic, but returned a passionate Christian, leaving NASA to start his own Christian mission. He stated:

The entire space achievement is put into proper perspective when one realises that God walking on the earth is more important than man walking on the moon. I believe that God walked on the earth 2,000 years ago in the person of Jesus Christ.

Simon Ponsonby

Click to Tweet

From the book "Amazed by Jesus"

Available on amazon.co.uk*

Available on amazon.com*

Available on amazon.com.au*


Laid in a manger significance

  |  0 Comments

One Jewish scholar Alfred Edersheim, drawing on Jewish tradition and lore, suggested that the place Jesus was born was Bethlehem’s Migdal Eder, the tower which was used to watch over the special sacrificial flocks of the temple from birth to temple sacrifice. The tower had a table where ewes delivered the lambs which were then wrapped in swaddling strips. Edersheim offers several important connections:

Migdal Eder (literally ‘Tower of the Flock’) is mentioned in Genesis 35 as the place where Rachel died giving birth to a son, Benjamin. The name Benjamin means “Son of my Right Hand” but it wasn’t his original name. He was first called Ben-Oni meaning ‘Son of Sorrow’. So, there is a connection between Migdal Eder, Bethlehem and a child who is both a Sorrow’ and ‘Son of my Right Hand’.

Micah 4 establishes the expectation of a godly King intrinsically linked with Migdal Eder who would ultimately restore people and lead them victorious over evil. This Messianic figure would bring ultimate peace because he would establish among the nations.

According to Jewish writings, the shepherds of Bethlehem would tend the sheep for the temple sacrifices. In addition, it was said that when a lamb which met the requirements for the Passover sacrifice was born, the shepherd would wrap it in cloth and lay it in a feeding groove on the floor of Migdal Eder to prevent it from any harm.

Simon Ponsonby

Click to Tweet

From the book "Amazed by Jesus"

Available on amazon.co.uk*

Available on amazon.com*

Available on amazon.com.au*


Home

  |  0 Comments

Frederick Beuchner insightfully claimed that when we hear the word “home’ we think of two things: we think of the place we come from and we think of the place we dream of.

Simon Ponsonby

Click to Tweet

Restoring clarity

  |  0 Comments

Philip Yancey described it like this,

For me Jesus has become the focal point of faith and increasingly I am learning to keep the magnifying glass of my faith focused on him. In my Spiritual journey I have long lingered over the margins, puzzling over matters like the problem of pain, the conundrum of prayer, providence versus free will. When I do so everything becomes fuzzy. Looking a Jesus, however, restores clarity.

Simon Ponsonby

Click to Tweet

From the book "Amazed by Jesus"

Available on amazon.co.uk*

Available on amazon.com*

Available on amazon.com.au*


Make Jesus bigger

  |  0 Comments

It is said of the Renaissance master Michelangelo was asked by his pupil Raphael to comment on a portrait of Jesus that he was painting. Michelangelo went to his studio to see the picture when Raphael was out for lunch, and after examining the portrait, took a brush and painted across it theword AMPLIUS – amplify, make Jesus bigger, larger, make more of Jesus. There’s always so much more to know, to learn to love about Jesus.

Simon Ponsonby

Click to Tweet

From the book "Amazed by Jesus"

Available on amazon.co.uk*

Available on amazon.com*

Available on amazon.com.au*


has. But, sadly, we have

  |  0 Comments

has. But, sadly, we have often replaced love with law, intimacy with theology, delight in God with duty to God, being found with God with being sound about God. Our speech about God has the cold sterility of the scientist rather than the thrill of the poet. We have interpreted the texts, but we have sometimes failed to experience the reality behind them. The Holy Spirit today and always is calling His church back to intimacy with King Jesus.

Ponsonby, Simon (2010-07-01). More: How You Can Have More of the Spirit When You Already Have Everything in Christ (p. 38). David C Cook. Kindle Edition.

Simon Ponsonby

Click to Tweet

From the book "More: How You Can Have More of the Spirit When You Already Have Everything in Christ"

Available on amazon.co.uk*

Available on amazon.com*

Available on amazon.com.au*