1. January, 2014Notice, Special One comment

TCIM President’s New Year’s Message
Time.com website in a December 10, 2013 article asked the following question, “Who’s Biggest? The 100 Most Significant Figures in History”.

The approach that was taken is stated as follows: “When we set out to rank the significance of historical figures, we decided to not approach the project the way historians might, through a principled assessment of their individual achievements. Instead, we evaluated each person by aggregating millions of traces of opinions into a computational data-centric analysis. We ranked historical figures just as Google ranks web pages, by integrating a diverse set of measurements about their reputation into a single consensus value”.

The first ten significant figures were listed in the following order: Jesus, Napoleon, Muhammad, William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Adolf Hitler, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Thomas Jefferson.

Now the article admits that “since we analyzed the English Wikipedia, we admittedly measured the interests and judgments of primarily the Western, English-speaking community”.

Be that as it may, what is of significance to me is that whether historically or futuristically the one figure that will always be number one and above the rest is Jesus. So as we within the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission look at 2014 we can indeed concur that it is “the Year of the Lord’s Favour” because Jesus Christ is Lord of the past, present and future. When the Biblical passages of Isaiah 61, 49:8 and Luke 4:18-21 are taken into consideration, there are wonderful promises that were, are and shall be fulfilled through the favour of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The first is the concept of the Year of Jubilee. This was the season when debts were forgiven and family lands were restored, those who were in bondage (of whatever form) experienced freedom, and the oppression of separation, fragmentation and division from the community was ended. This is indeed needed today locally and globally. Furthermore, Jesus Christ also offers total cancellation of spiritual debt and a new beginning to any who embrace wholeheartedly His message of help, hope and salvation. In fact, all believers are brought into the covenant and are given an inheritance that is reserved free from corruption (John 14:1-3, 1Peter 1:3-5). When you know what has been so graciously provided then one becomes an advocate of peace, kindness and love rather than a practitioner of crime, violence, cruelty and self-centeredness.

For God promises that in the “time of the favour” of the Lord, He will work salvation and healing for His people, bringing the nations/people into the covenant of blessings and good fortune as the gospel is brought to them. The word “favor” within the Christo-biblical context is normally used to refer to favor that is graciously given and not favor that has been earned. In other words, this term could also be translated as “grace.” Seek Christ, and enjoy the year of His grace, His goodness, His mercies, His favour. Therefore, rest in the assurance of His promise. That which we could not do for ourselves (being brought into the favour of the Lord) has been done for us by Christ!

This is the year to focus on Jesus like never before and to reflect Jesus like never before. This is the year to spend with Jesus in prayer and the reading His word, the Bible. This is the year to allow the Holy Spirit to bring about revival and reformation within one’s life. This is the year to be blessed to bless. This is the year of the Lord’s favour.

Have a Spirit-filled and Happy New Year!

Pastor Michael A. Smith, President

  1. Carol Mackey January 1, 2014 5:58 am

    was bless

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