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Monday, 14 May 2018

The Desire of the Good Shepherd is the Oneness of the Flock


It is never a historical accident or selective favouritism that Antioch is listed alongside Jerusalem, Constantinople, Rome and Alexandria as the earliest patriarchates. Instead, it is factually historical that the faith was manly established in Antioch as early as possible. Indeed, the first place where the disciples were first called Christians was Antioch (read Acts 11:19-26).

However, one beautiful thing to be noted is the pastoral care given to the church in Antioch by the church in Jerusalem from where the faith spread. It symbolizes the oneness of the Church. Though there was a church in Antioch, it was still one Church. Unlike what we have today: proliferation of churches, with each claiming orthodoxy and autonomy. Again, the faith could not have got to Antioch if those who left Jerusalem as a result of the persecution did not take the faith along. They were true missionaries. How many of us take our faith with us when we leave our comfort zones?

Lastly, the obedience of the church in Antioch to the church in Jerusalem has so much to teach today's Christianity. The desire of the Good Shepherd is the oneness of the flock. This can only be realised if Christians learn to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd(read Jn 10:22-30). May the world see something of Christ in us and call us Christians.
God loves you! God bless you!
                               By
                 THE ENDURING WORD

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