Archive for March, 2010

We are living in a Christian world FAITH in the Lord to a great extend is commercialized by the preachers and Churches. Healing and prosperity are the main theme of the followers of commercial faith. They believe that obey and follow the Lord if it is profitable. It is sad to see that even genuine Christians are also getting into the trap of commercial faith. 

Bible teaches us Courageous Faith. Courageous faith exhorts us to follow and obey God if it is right. Courageous faith helps us to deny ourselves and take up our cross daily. Daniel 3:17-18, is a good example for courageous faith, words of 3 young Hebrew men “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up”. It doesn’t matter what happens to me I will stand for the truth and obey my Lord whole heartedly. 

Do we follow the Lord for some material gains and physical healings? Let’s examine our faith and ask the Lord to give us courageous faith to obey Him whole heartedly. BEWARE OF COMMERCIAL FAITH!!!


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I Thirst…

Jesus went through suffering and torture, without food or water while on trial. It was indeed a treacherous journey to the cross. Finally they nailed him to the cross. 

One can see Christ, bleeding, suffering, hanging on the cross. He would have mustered whatever strength He had to say “I THIRST” (John 19:28). It seems ironic, the One who gives water to the thirsty, who had the power over troubled sea and wind now says “I thirst”. 

When our Lord was on the cross, He went through the experiences of ‘hell’ where there is thirst, to satisfy those who sincerely seek Him. A child of God will not go through the horrible experience of being thirsty because He bore it all for us. We will be with Him in heaven where there is no thirst (Revelation 7:16). 

Jesus offers the Living Water to those who thirst for God. The words of Jesus’ invitation echo in their ears. Jesus stands at the doors of their hearts and speaks to the heart of each person on earth, offering the water of eternal life, the life that flows from God. He alone can quench our thirst. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they will be filled (Mathew 5:6). Those who chose hell will be deprived of water, to quench their thirst (Luke 16:24).

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

let me hide myself in thee;

let the water and the blood,

from thy wounded side which flowed,

be of sin the double cure;

save from wrath and make me pure

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At the foot of the cross, there stood some people watching our Lord. There would have been various thoughts going through their minds. There was Jesus’ mother, the disciple John, Mary Magdalene (John 19:25-27), and in Mark we read that Salome, the mother of James and John was also present (Mark 15:40). To these people the cross has different meaning.  

Mary saw her own Son, now bruised, lacerated, with crown of thorns, nails on His hands and feet, bleeding, hanging on the cross. She could do nothing, but she was aware that He was to die for her, he was the Savior. John was given the responsibility to take care of Jesus’ mother (John 19:26-27). Salome remembered that request to Jesus, to give position to her children (Mathew 20:20-21). She recollects Jesus rebuke to her. Mary Magdalene sees her Redeemer hanging on the cross. She was once a troubled woman, but Jesus had rescued her. The people passing by ridiculed Jesus. 

What does the cross mean to us? We can only say that Jesus redeemed an unworthy person as me and we can praise Him for His redeeming Love. 

Upon that cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see

the very dying form of One who suffered there for me;

and from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess:

the wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness

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Jesus hanging on the cross was really a pitiful sight. He hung there as a disfigured person. We know that He was scourged, spit on His face, (Mathew 27:26,30) crown of thorns on His head, (Mathew 27:29) and now nailed to the cross, immobile. 

Jesus was in the midst of two thieves. They were reviling Him (Mathew 27:44). They heard Him pray to the Father, “ Forgive them for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). These words of compassion from a person, maligned and hung to die, prompted one of thief to say to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 27:42). Jesus tell him,” Surely, I say to you, TODAY you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). That thief received the access to heaven through Jesus.

Our Lord goes to the last minute of loving and saving sinners. He came into this world to save people, and now we are given His POWER and His AUTHORITY to go and tell others of Him (Mathew 28:18-20).

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Peter asked Jesus of how many time for forgive his brother. Jesus tells him seventy times seven (Mathew 18:21-22). Jesus is not giving a mathematical formula of forgiveness, but He means that there is no limit to forgiveness. 

This is evident when Jesus prays from the cross. He says, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23: 34). The picture we get is that Jesus was repeating the phrase, “Forgive them”.  When they ridiculed Him, scourged Him, spat on Him, whipped Him, and nailed Him on a cross to die, He was repeating, “Forgive them”. 

Jesus forgave not seventy times seven, but indefinitely. All those who have believed on Him, have experienced that forgiveness offered by Jesus. We have the forgiveness of our sins by His blood (Ephesians 1:7), by His name (Acts 10:43) and by His work on the cross (Colossians 1:14). He continues to forgive us. (1 John 1:9). 

O’ may this strange, this matchless grace,
This God-like miracle of love,
Fill the wide earth with grateful praise,
As now it fills the choirs above!
Who is a pardoning God like thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?

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Christian life is a voyage. Storms in this voyage is inevitable. There are storms caused by ourselves by taking wrong turn without looking at the radar. There are storms caused by God to discipline us. And also storms caused by others. However, the storms in life can not harm us or destroy us. 

Storms in life help us to submit ourselves to God’s purpose, plan and glory. God’s servant apostle Paul who was busy establishing Churches and strengthening God’s children had to go through storms in life, even imprisonment. Paul’s imprisonment turned to be a great blessing to us today because he wrote those wonderful prison epistles.  

Storms in life help us to trust in God and introspect our Christian living. When we trust in God there is not a single problem that He cannot solve. Often, we struggle to solve our problems with our own wisdom and miss the opportunity to trust in God. “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer”.   

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7


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Isaiah 53 tells us prophetically the sufferings of Christ that He endured in this world to give us salvation. The nature of Christ (Isaiah 53:1-2), the arrogance of man (Isaiah 53:3), the condition of man (Isaiah 53:4-6) and the plan of God (Isaiah 53:10-12) is described in this chapter. 

Christ who was the fairest of All, now is made one with no form or comeliness or no beauty. He was disfigured by man. For the punishment that we were to receive, Christ bore it all. He bore our grief, our sorrow, our transgressions, our iniquities. 

He was like a lamb, which was silent (verse 7); to save us who were sheep (verse 6), ones who are stubborn and who easily goes astray. 

To redeem us to God, make us His children, to give us salvation, Jesus suffered and died. We are to give our lives to Him and always thank Him for making us His child. 

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.


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